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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. I'm recommending this book to Pastors on this blog. It's …

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Recovering From My Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Just a quick update. My wisdom teeth extraction took less than an hour. When we left the oral surgeon's office we headed to Walmart where I was instructed to wait in the car while my wife got my prescriptions filled. I got bored and tried to get out of the car, which set the alarm off. So I wandered into the store in search of Angie. I couldn't find her, so I made a bank deposit and stumbled back to the pharmacy again. When she found out where I was, I was in …

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Martin Luther King, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Roe v. Wade, and the Sanctity of Human Life

I primarily wanted to comment on the significance of these three days. Sunday - Sanctity of human life Sunday, a rememberance of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Monday - Martin Luther King, Jr. day, a celebration of tremendous advances in civil rights at tremendous costs. Tuesday - Our farewell to George W. Bush and our welcoming of Barack Obama. My thoughts... (random, but worth hearing, or at least worth saying) …

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People Follow People

Here's a quick tip - be human. One thing I've learned from Twitter is that people follow people and they "unfollow" spam. In fact, spam is detested in the twittersphere about as badly as it is in the email world. When advising companies about the use of Twitter, I always recommend letting one of the heads of the company tweet personally rather than just giving "company news." This allows you to offer something back to the community rather than just be a taker. …

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Lost. Search. Rescue.

Lost. Search. Rescue. These are the words we were challenged to repeat again and again by Grady Higgs, Director of Missions for the BMA of America at this week's symposium. It was an all around exhilarating experience. I've been attending these symposiums for about a dozen years, and I was more encouraged by this year's than ever before. Here are the highlights of my own experience. If you attended and you're reading this, please add your own in the comments... …

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Recovering Missional Christianity

These are the thoughts I'll be sharing at tonight's BMAA Missions Symposium at Fellowship Church in Forney. My message will be based on the story of Philip's encounter with the spiritually lost Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-35. ONE GREAT TRUTH: We live in a lost culture to which we are called on a search and rescue mission that begins when we approach people within our culture with the life-changing gospel in a language they can understand. …

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The Priceless Privilege of Baptizing My Daughter

Rather than writing a lengthy post about this huge moment in my daughter's life (and mine and Angie's as well), I thought I'd just let you watch the video and hear my comments. I'm quite thankful that family and friends at a distance can enjoy this video. Two things to notice. On her way down the steps, she panics for just a second and says, "I don't want to today..." But she never stops smiling. Then, we're not sure what was up with her feeling of paralysis at the end, but …

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Book Review: Breaking the Missional Code by Ed Stetzer and Dave Putman

I find that I often think about Christianity, church leadership, and church growth in terms that are a bit different than my own traditions and background. So does Ed Stetzer and so does Dave Putman. It's rare that I'm able to really articulate well my own feelings about what it means to live a redemptive lifestyle in a fallen culture. One great example of this is that I often feel just a bit guilty when people ask why we don't have an organized visitation program or an …

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Do Something that Matters

One of my favorite movie lines was uttered by Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor. His character, Capt. Rafe McCawley, travels to London before Hawaii was attaked so that he could fly with the British Royal Air Force. When he lands, his new commanding officer asks, "Why is it so many of you young Americans are so eager to die?" McCawley responds, "I'm not eager to die sir, I'm just eager to matter." That sums up my life. …

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Book Review: What In the World Is Going On? by David Jeremiah

Yesterday, I closed the back cover of a truly noteworthy book by David Jeremiah entitled What In the World Is Going On? Honestly, I thought I'd never get through the book. It wasn't because the book wasn't good - it was exceptional. It was that I kept thinking Jesus must be coming back before I turn this next page! It's difficult to remain unaware that our planet is in social, political, and religious disarray. David Jeremiah shares "10 prophetic cues you cannot afford to …

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