168 Hours: What Is Most Important?

In Search Of Lost TimePastors live toward Sunday. Most people celebrate hitting the door on Friday afternoon, but for Pastors, the work is only coming to a climax amidst the busy weekends of our lives. On Sunday night, we decompress and on Monday morning, we’re at it again (only the smart ones take Mondays off). No matter how great the sermon seemed to you and everyone else, you start over on Monday.

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When Good Design and Effective Marketing Clash

That’s right – great design work can sometimes be counterproductive to effective storytelling. Seth Godin addresses this point in his blog on The first question every web site designer must ask. His basic conclusion is that some organizations need for the public to stand in awe of the design, but some don’t. The design can distract people from the story. How do you feature the right stuff? Continue reading

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Invitations, Altar Calls, and Great Conclusions

Speaking at BMAA Missions Symposium I admit an area of weakness in my preaching – concluding (I think it’s one weakness among many). It’s jokingly said that preachers have a tendency to circle the runway quite a few times instead of landing the plane. One of the primary problems is that we don’t usually plan our sermons with the end of the message in mind. We work diligently on the content, presentation, exegesis, and illustrations, but we don’t plan for the end.

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Book Review: Tribes, by Seth Godin


I just finished reading Tribes by Seth Godin. I’ve been wanting to read it for six months now and finally had some oral surgery which enabled me to lay in bed and read the whole thing in a few hours. It’s kind of short, which is the only drawback. Seth Godin is a genius, but most people who know him already know that. In fact, others in his niche who break all of his rules still can’t find fault in his methodology.

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Rising Above Status Quo Leadership

Seth Godin commented today on the question, “Is everything okay?” His conclusion is that we spend way too much time focusing on making sure everything is okay and end up losing the opportunity for positive change. This caused me to reflect on one of the great challenges of being a Pastor. We want to keep people happy and harmonious. We want things to be okay because of all of our insecurities, but we end up forfeiting the opportunity to throw off the equilibrium of people to create opportunities for growth and positive change.

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