One of the Biggest Mistakes Pastors Make

August 25, 2016Leadership

I was told, early in ministry, some of the most terrible advice: “Don’t get too close to people. You can never trust them.” I now give leaders the exact opposite advice. Fall into the depth of meaningful friendships. Will you get hurt? Yes. Such is life, but it’s worth it. From personal experience I can … Read More

Five Attitudes That Simplify Complicated Relationships

September 28, 2015Living

When someone is bold enough to change their relationship status to “It’s Complicated,” everyone else takes notice and starts speculating about what’s going on. The fact is, all of us among the human species know what it means to have complicated relationships. We’ve been in the business of making marriage, family, and friendship … Read More

Five Factors God Used to Simplify My Complicated Marriage

September 23, 2015Family

The only way to avoid the complications of relationships is to have none. We human beings need each other, so God created us with the capacity to , to have friends, to get married, and to live in community with each other. But, as would attest, many of us would simply say of our closest … Read More

Sermon Video: How Kingdom-First Thinking Simplifies Your Life

September 21, 2015Preaching

Ever feel pulled in every direction? Like everyone wants a piece of your time, money, and energy and there’s just not enough to go around? It might be because you’re “prioritizing,” a modern American idea in which we try to keep everyone around us happy. What if, instead of a list of priorities, you could … Read More

Become a Radical: 3 Rules You Should Break Today

January 8, 2015Living 5 Comments

Rebellion is bad, right? In the sense that we are all born bent away from God toward sin, yes. But when God gets hold of us, changes us from the inside out, and sets an entirely new agenda for our lives, it is then time to become a radical and rebel against everything our old … Read More

7 Tips For Better Social Media Connections

January 10, 2013Communications

In the world of social media, there’s a common scenario that goes a little something like this: FOLLOWEE TO NEW FOLLOWER: Hi! Thanks for following. Check out my services and my blog, and like me on ! In other words, I don’t know you or care who you are. I just want you to know … Read More

Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

October 25, 2012Leadership 3 Comments

Some churches raise the bar when it comes to recruiting small group leaders. You need to be a member for X amount of time, well versed in the church’s doctrinal statement, agree to a lifestyle covenant, etc. The qualified the leader, the stronger the group will be… or so goes conventional wisdom. But is … Read More