Abe Lincoln knew a lot about a lot of things, but something he knew exceptionally well was how to influence people. This post touches on two things that Lincoln did that put him in the hall of fame of leaders and they are simple enough that anyone who's willing to pay attention can do. The... Continue Reading →
Yesterday was a spiritually supercharged day for me. I had been praying for a crucial conversation needing to be had for a couple of weeks and it went very well. Because of all the prep that went into it, I believe I experienced a deeper communion with God as a result. I had two other... Continue Reading →
In 2010, my family and I were in north central Ohio where I was pastoring a small church. We didn't have a copy machine so I was going to Office Depot weekly to have the bulletins printed for our Sunday services. I was in the van with my daughter, who at that time was around... Continue Reading →
This message is about Philip and the Ethiopian from Acts 8 and was taught by me at Abundant Life's church wide evangelism training event in April 2019. No matter how impressive the presentation or the presenter, a method of evangelism that doesn't connect people to the real living breathing Jesus is a waste of time,... Continue Reading →
Eight years ago I was pastoring a small church in Ashland Ohio. The church was one year old and we had around 50 people at the time. We wanted to do something BIG for an Easter outreach so we dropped 10,000 eggs from a helicopter and we emptied our checking account to do it. It... Continue Reading →
Disclaimer: Some will view this post as a shameless and tacky approach of engaging someone in unwanted spiritual conversation. This is not my intent. I'm unapologetically Christian but I realize that not everyone who reads my blog is not. This post is written to other Christians who want to learn how to better engage others... Continue Reading →
Not all documentaries make me cry. If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood you'll love this film. Every time I've recommended this to friends in the last few weeks I've heard the excuse, "Don't you have to rent it?" Yes, you have to rent it but extracting those stubborn tears are worth the effort.
Both are littering but, in your opinion, what's worse to throw on the ground, chewed gum or cigarette butt?
I love my job. I'm a pastor on staff at a church outside of Kansas City Missouri. Once a month we host newer attendees at an informal gathering which is a strategic part of our next steps process. It works well in connecting people that want to get involved at our church. Our pastors all sit... Continue Reading →
That person at the office who "loves" you but frequently drops your name in a sideways jab doesn't really love you. That doesn't mean you can't "love" them back though. Don't confuse "loving" someone with not pushing back. Be kind, but be firm and tell them how it makes you feel. There's no guarantee it... Continue Reading →
Either you missed the casting call or didn't make the cut. You saw yourself on the stage dropping diamonds and picking up roses but somehow you're not on it. You are, however, subjected to listen to someone else read the same lines you rehearsed and delivered with conviction. What do you do when your life... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvWcvGNLnMI&feature=share Part of my writing story is musical. There was about a 5 year period I persued a career in music in the early-mid 2000's. I had one such song pop in my head today out of nowhere (thank you Jesus). It's been awhile since I'd listened to this song written over 10 years ago.... Continue Reading →