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It’s Time to Speak Up! It’s Time to Get Social

Know and Be Known

The following is a brief excerpt from my new book Rewired: How Using Today’s Technology Can Bring You Back to Deeper Relationships, Real Conversations, and Powerful Ways to Share God’s Love available at a bookstore near you. Silence has a tendency to ruin things—not everything, mind you. We often need to …

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Books: People-Pleasing Pastors

People Pleasing Pastors

Charles Stone has that rare gift of knowing and speaking directly to the heart of today’s shepherd-leader about the one big leadership issue we all have but rarely admit – our tendency to want to be liked. He cuts through the fluff and helps us recognize our tendency to be people pleasers and gives us a …

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When Things Get Real in a Church Plant

Grace Hills' Second Service

A snapshot taken in our first official "second" service, 1/19/2014. I am humbled! Today marked the 2nd anniversary of our launch as Grace Hills Church. Today, we also launched a second morning worship service - something I'll write about later. And today, we began a new teaching series called Healing: …

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How to Lovingly Disagree with People

Disagree Lovingly

It's nonsense that you must agree with people to #love them. I often disagree with people I deeply love. I married one!— Rick Warren (@RickWarren) January 17, 2014 Pastor Rick, I agree. But even if I didn't, I'd still love you. We do have the impression in our culture that to disagree is to be …

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A Scalable Model for Making Disciples in Small Churches

Church In a Theater

"The New Testament is the only model we need!" There, I went ahead and said that for you. It's out of the way. For those pastors and church leaders who highly value the New Testament AND actually want to accomplish something meaningful, read on... Every church follows a model. Most of the church leaders who …

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How to Cultivate Authenticity In Your Leadership Culture

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Be real with people, or be prepared to lose them. It's hard. As Pastor Rick Warren wrote in a recent article, we all fight against three particular fears: the fear that we will be exposed for who we truly are, the fear that we will be rejected, and the fear that we will be hurt again. We overcome those fears …

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My ONE Big Resolution. Yep, Just One.

The ONE Thing

Yep. Just one. I plan on eating better based on what I'm learning from reading The Daniel Plan. I also want to exercise and run. Those are probably typical. I also want to read through the Bible, pray more, lead better, and date my wife like crazy, blog (almost) daily to help ministry leaders, etc., etc., ad …

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My Personal Reflections on 2013


In 2013, God was good. But that's true every year, isn't it? His good character never changes. Ever. But life changes for us, and it changes in our world. And through that constant condition of change, God's goodness carries us. I'm reflecting this morning on how our world has changed and how my life has …

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Who Invented Social Media? God Did.

The Creation of Adam

God invented social media. I know that might sound like a crazy claim, but I have a biblical basis for believing this. So I'm primarily speaking to those who believe with me that God is the creator presented to us in the biblical book of Genesis. Social media seems like a new term. Many people are just hearing …

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3 Things That Christians Should Be Angry About Today


Anger isn't bad. It's an emotion. It's a matter of deciding what to be angry about, how angry to be, and how long to stay angry. Sometimes, I see Christians getting angry about things that seem like misplaced priorities. What catches my attention is that we get mad about certain cultural issues and we group up …

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