Warning: You Will Experience Pressure

Warning: You Will Experience Pressure

I’m not a fan of being under pressure. I’m an Enneagram 9, an introvert, and a rather contemplative soul. You won’t hear me bragging about how crazy-busy my life is and how I just can’t keep up with the pace. Instead, I like rhythm. And quiet. And measured progress....
Never Stop Going Deeper

Never Stop Going Deeper

Pine trees grow fast. That’s why pine is the cheapest of woods to purchase for building projects. Pine tree farms can raise a crop of trees to maturity in a decade. The strength of a pine tree is also its greatest weakness. It grows fast because its roots are...
God Is A Finisher

God Is A Finisher

I have taken lessons in piano, guitar, trumpet, and karate. Does this make me a master of all of these abilities? No! Because I stopped each one after only a few months. I’m a master of starting things! God, however, is the Master of finishing. Consider this. In...
Your Pain Always Has a Point

Your Pain Always Has a Point

A. W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” Tozer wrote those words in a previous generation of Christianity. He did not intend to imply that God wishes to cause pain in the lives of his...
The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure

As I write this, we’re three days from our church’s big Grand Opening at our new location. Our church is seven years old. We’ve met in an office, a hotel, a college campus, two movie theaters, and for the last three years, a leased location. Almost a...
8 Ways to Stop Biggering and Start Bettering the Church

8 Ways to Stop Biggering and Start Bettering the Church

Remember the Once-ler? From The Lorax by Dr. Seuss? He was a fairly normal guy who wanted to build a big business at the expense of the environment, so he kept “biggering and biggering” until all the trees were gone, the wildlife had vacated the landscape,...
Growth is Change, and Change Starts with the Leader

Growth is Change, and Change Starts with the Leader

Organizations that change, grow. Organizations that won’t change, won’t grow. That’s because growth is change. By its very definition, growth takes place when things change, and only when things change. Different organizations need to change in...
How to Experience the Four Dimensions of Personal Growth

How to Experience the Four Dimensions of Personal Growth

I originally titled this post Boldly Growing Where No Man Has Grown Before. Sorry Trekies. I couldn’t resist. I’ve previously argued that life isn’t about perfection. It isn’t even about progress, in and of itself. Life is about embracing...
What to Do When Legalists Hold Back the Mission

What to Do When Legalists Hold Back the Mission

Every great movement of God invites a challenge from sinful people. I wrote about this recently in a post entitled How to Stop a Church from Growing, and Pastor Titus S. Olorunnisola, who is planting Bethel Gospel Centre near Melbourne, Australia, asked the magic...

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