The #1 Threat to Contentment

Imagine that your boss calls you into his office and says, “You’ve done great work and in return we’d like to offer you a 25% pay increase beginning immediately.” How would that make you feel? Excited? Happy? Now imagine that you leave his office and you’re walking down the hall back to your office only to…

Life Lessons – Part 2

I started writing last week about 35 observations I have made since turning 35 last month. They are in no particular order and you can read the first half of the list HERE. After reading both lists I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 19.  I should have learned more about…

Life Lessons – Part 1

Last month I turned 35. I realize this doesn’t make me old, unless you’re reading this and I am your dad. I also realize this doesn’t make me young, unless you’re reading this and I’m your grandson. I’m old enough to know that I don’t know everything, but I’m young enough to believe that I…

Quit Lying About Your Past

I know a guy, who will remain nameless for the purposes of this post, that always has a story about when he was in high school or college. I’m not talking about one of those funny stories that stirs up a sense of nostalgia. I’m talking about a very specific story about some athletic or…

You May Be Out of Touch in Leadership

When I was in college I was exposed to a church that ran 4-5,000 people. I heard some of their senior staff say that everything they did was planned with 10,000 people in mind. In some of the ministry coaching I’ve received in recent years I have been posed this question, “Are your systems ready if…

Oh the Places You’ll Stay

Today is a big day in our house. Today is the first day of school. It’s also a milestone first day of school in our house because our oldest starts middle school and our youngest starts kindergarten (the middle 2 aren’t being overlooked, they start 2nd and 4th grade). One of the really cool things…

You’re Being an Idiot, Stop it!

Last week I attended the bi-annual denominational meeting for our tribe in Nashville, TN. The days were filled with business meetings as we elected officials to lead our movement, debated polity and received training and inspiration for ministry. The evenings involved gathering with approximately 12-15,000 people in worship services. I’m thankful for the opportunity to…

Just the 2 of Us

Earlier this summer Corrie and I got away for a week…just the 2 of us. With 4 kids from 5-11 years of age we love to take our kids on vacations or experiences for them to enjoy. But if I’m being honest, I need a vacation to get over most “family vacations”. We don’t have the…

You Need to Unplug Something

My furnace went out over the winter. Thankfully, a friend let us borrow several space heaters until the HVAC guy could get the part needed to fix the unit. I plugged in the heaters in 2 of the upstairs bedrooms. I immediately learned that the builders of our home had put both outlets on the…

Adding a New Worship Service

I announced last Sunday to our congregation that beginning August 7th we will add a 3rd Sunday worship service. Currently we meet at 9:15 and 11am for identical worship experiences, but beginning on August 7th we will have 8:30, 10 & 11:30am services. We have experienced great growth in our initial season in our new…