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Follow @Natwivity to Track the Christmas Story on Twitter

You may not be into this kind of thing, but I think it's actually a cool idea. A group in the UK has set up a Twitter account (@natwivity) and a Facebook page through which they'll share thoughts from the viewpoint of Joseph, Mary, and others from the story of the birth of Christ. That's a European date format - it starts December 1st. Some thoughts crossed my mind as I mulled over the concept in my mind. First, I'm glad someone is going to be drawing attention to …

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Communication Is What We DO

This post is a bit of a rant, but not a mean one. I spend a LOT of time on the phone and on the internet connecting with church leaders. I've observed, in the wild, the communications strategies of hundreds of churches, and I keep noticing that the very basic principles of messaging and communication are often missed. Let me give you some examples of what I mean... I see church websites that are poorly designed. It isn't just aesthetics, which on the whole tend to be a …

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Toy Story 3: Inception Trailer – Awesome Creativity!

You may have seen this, but having seen both movies, I thought this was genius!! Hat Tip to Khayyam (@iamkhayyam) …

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Mind Mapping and Sermon Preparation

Below is a mind map. Behold... If you've never used mind mapping, you might want to give it a try. I've found it to be an excellent tool for brainstorming, organizational charting, sermon preparation, memorization of large amounts of data, planning, and collaboration. Essentially, mind mapping is a means of throwing our thoughts out on paper with some kind of spatial representation that our brains tend to enjoy. …

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The Creative Juices Are Flowing

God is the great Creator of the entire universe and all that is in it. He created time and He creates every life that enters into the world. In short, God is extremely creative, so He loves creativity. I agree with many modern church leaders that creativity, in and of itself, is glorifying to God, so long as what we create does not represent any form of idolatry or contradiction to the revealed truth and standards of God's Word. I have two tables in my home made by my late …

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Our Freedom in Ministry

Yesterday I had the privilege of talking with Donny Parrish, Director of Church Ministries for the BMA of America about church ministry today. My heart and eyes were opened to some great principles concerning reaching the lost today. I was also reminded to lay down my own preferences in ministry so that I might be as effective and flexible as possible to see what the Holy Spirit wants to do next. This morning, I preached from Romans 8:1-4 in which Paul talks about some of …

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