Dispatch from Neverland
The heat has finally broken here in Mariposa County. I’ll be the first to admit that I had no understanding just how hot it was going to get here from early July until late August. It was the kind of heat where you wake up thinking it won’t be too bad but by 2 o’clock […]
It’s late. Maybe it’s still February 26th? Maybe it’s the early morning hours of February 27th. I can’t remember. But I’m awake. Jackson is snoring next to me. Megan is tossing and turning in the next bed over.
Fear of Success
I find the biggest thing that holds people back from experiencing success in their lives is an inability to manage their fear. Rather than overcoming their fear they just get stuck.
Tilt Your Perspective to See Things Differently
This video illustrates what can happen when you tilt your perspective. Pakistan to Siberia without touching land in a straight line? Only when your perspective shifts.
The Bloodless Revolution
In the 4 years that we’ve lived in San Diego I’ve learned to love bodyboarding. It’s one of my favorite Sabbath activities. And while I’m not great at it I love trying. The concept of bodyboarding is fairly simple. You swim out past the break point of the waves. (Just past where they are cresting) […]
Pushing Past the Pain of Change
This weekend, at Open, I heard a few things. Some were from attendees, some speakers, and others from the Holy Spirit. Most of the thoughts that stuck are along the lines of change. People are ready for change. They are hungry for it. And the pain of continuing this cycle of depreciating returns is too […]
Be Kind, Not Nice
I think Christians are too nice. Go to church, any church, and everyone is nice. Big smiles and hand shakes for everyone. Some churches hug a lot. Perfect strangers hugging. Lots of perfect strangers hugging. They kind of mash all of the fruits of the Spirit into one thing… being nice. But the fruit of the Spirit […]
Lessons from the Cloud
I have a fundamental belief that the problems we experience in church leadership are technologically based. It’s not that we have the wrong mission or wrong people, it’s often that we are working on the wrong technologies. (Programs, agendas, projects) You might not see the connections between this presentation and your church. But the parallels […]
Who will rise?
That’s just the way it is. I don’t have the power in my organization to do anything about it. We make changes incrementally, it takes time. We aren’t ready for that. That’s on the agenda to do, just not something we can address right now. These are the excuses of people who value the status […]
5 Ways to Get Change Moving
“You are crazy enough to think you can change the world.” This was the negative criticism of my ministry nearly 10 years ago by an elder. I took it as a compliment. When I read Revelation 2-3 I see that Jesus will not judge individual churches or communities of faith. That’s not what John saw. […]