How an Improv Class Improved my Preaching and Enhanced my Life

Drew Carey hosted a TV show called Whose Line is it Anyway that ran for several years until 2006. You can still see re-runs on cable. The show, based on what is called ‘short-form’ improv, included four characters, most memorable being Wayne Brady. They would take suggestions from the audience and would create characters, scenes,

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Is Propositional Truth Passé?

At a recent church leadership conference, I heard an author criticize those who believe in propositional truth. This speaker built a straw man and then tore it down with arrogance and a dismissive spirit. He even made a comment something like, “Those who teach and believe this stuff are misguided, misplaced, and downright wrong.” He

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Does Social Media Hinder or Help Community in the Local Church?

I just had a great conversation in the doctoral seminar I’m attending at Trinity Seminary. Dr. Bill Donahue, Willow Creek’s guru on small groups is teaching the seminar. We talked about whether or not real community can happen through social media (facebook, twitter, etc). He didn’t have an answer, but here are some thoughts that

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When Things Speed up, Leaders Should Slow Down (from Church Leaders Intelligence Report)

I recommend Church Leaders Intelligence Report. It’s a great distillation of current news and leadership tips. It’s free. Outreach publishes it and here’s the link where you can get it. http://www.sermoncentral.com/clir_subscribe_capture_email.asp Here’s a sample of what you get (from the Nov. 3 edition) When Things Speed Up, Leaders Should Slow Down Leadership development consultant Brad

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What Most (every?) Pastor Struggles With

This morning in my quiet time I reflected over the past two Sunday services in our church. For some reason attendance was down compared to last year. The flu has hit and I’m sure that accounts for some absences. But, I’ve struggled with discouragement wondering what we could do differently to encourage people to attend.

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What My Prayer for a Dying Man Taught Me

Have you ever been prompted by God to do something, but ignored it? Recently I almost did. Cancer struck the father of my small group leader’s wife last year. He had responded well to treatment until a couple months ago when the cancer began to spread. With little hope that more treatment would help, his

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The Apostle Paul’s Thorn: Prescriptive or Descriptive

This week I led our staff devotions at our staff meeting and shared a thought about one of the Apostle Paul’s experiences. That morning I had re-read 2 Corinthians 12 where Paul describes his vision of heaven and his ensuing ‘thorn in the flesh’ given him by God to protect him from conceit. I’ve read

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Is Your Ministry Drowning You, Part 2

In my last post I listed 8 evidences that I was letting my ministry get the best of me. As I’m trying to get myself back on track, here’s what I’m doing that’s helping. I’m REALLY taking a day off (Do you?) I’m reminding myself that the world (and my church) can get along just

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A Really Smart Guy’s take on McLaren’s Praying during Ramadan

Howard Diehl, one of the smartest guys I know who serves as a missionary in France that our church supports, commented on McLaren’s praying during Ramadan. I thought his comments to be very insightful. Hi Charles: Here is an article by McLaren on why he was doing it. http://www.brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/ramadan-2009-part-1-whats-going.html There were quite a few Christians

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