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… Read More »8 Ways to Stop Biggering and Start Bettering the Church
One of the moments that changed my life significantly occured in 2010 when my wife and I were sitting in our usual spot in the… Read More »Get Me to Rome! Thoughts on Having Big Goals
I’ve started to write this post quite a few times, and each time, I’ve deleted it. It’s hard to know what to say when someone… Read More »Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family
Pastor Rick Warren has often said that “you never win your enemies to Christ, only your friends.” And he’s gone far past the limits most… Read More »An Interview with Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions
In 1975, Bill Hybels assumed the leadership of a fledgling church plant that would grow into the rather influential Willow Creek Community Church. Under Bill’s… Read More »The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church
I was thrilled when I receive Pastor Rick Warren’s article for this past week’s issue of the new Pastor’s Toolbox. I’m not sure if it’s… Read More »Rick Warren On the Most Important Thing Your Church Will Ever Do
For the last year, I’ve gotten daily reports on the mentions of Rick Warren, Purpose Driven, and Saddleback Church. Sometimes I respond in some way,… Read More »John Piper Interviews Rick Warren About Doctrine
For some time now, I’ve been serving as a Pastor to Saddleback Church’s correspondence team, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who answer over 100,000 emails per year about a range of subjects. Not a week goes by that I don’t see an email (or twenty) asking for Pastor Rick’s response to what someone said in criticism of his views on a variety of subjects.
Last year we bought a Nintento Wii and then later, a Wii Fit thingie designed to utterly humiliate me! It sighs when I step on the scale, mocks me for not showing up in xx# of days, and loves to point out how many Yoga moves I can’t do because… I’m inflexible!
But in leadership, I’m quite the opposite. I love and respond to flexibility. What I mean by that is, I love the freedom of trying things and failing, and knowing that failure is ultimately okay. I remember Rick Warren once saying that for everything Saddleback Church had succeeded in doing, there were twenty experiments at which they had failed.