Full of It

A good percentage of people in this world are full of crap. And we all need help figuring out who is worth listening to and who is not. Projection Versus Reality Think of it like this. There’s a difference between a carpenter and a handyman. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with hiring a handyman to do…… Continue reading Full of It

How much is “enough?”

I go to church on Friday night, volunteer in the high school ministry on Sunday morning, and help lead a high school small group on Wednesday night. That is enough. When I hear an announcement for something else I could do, or somewhere else they need help, or even something else I would really enjoy…… Continue reading How much is “enough?”

High-trust, low-control

A movement cannot grow in a low-trust, high-control environment.  But a dictatorship can. (Cuba) A corporation can. (McDonald’s) A gang can. (Al Capone) In a low-trust, high-control environment leadership is supreme. Decisions flow from top to bottom. A high value is placed on replication and copying and perfecting. Efficiency is more important than individualism. And…… Continue reading High-trust, low-control

What does your ministry have to do with Dropbox?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHrnCQls0Vc& Did you catch that? Steve Jobs invited Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox, to his office to play Let’s Make a Deal. And Drew Houston walked away. Why? In the written interview for Forbes and the video above you get clued into Houston’s reasoning. “He said we were a feature, not a product.” Apparently, Jobs was…… Continue reading What does your ministry have to do with Dropbox?

Rejecting the rejection of community life

In the mid-20th century architects like Mies van der Rohe envisioned simplicity and wholeness in urban centers. Into the chaos of the city their residential designs sought to bring wholeness and community. (For reference, see Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.) They attempted to convince residents that an amazing community life could be had within just a…… Continue reading Rejecting the rejection of community life

Incarnational living and the busy family

Here’s the deal: I don’t have nearly as much time, resources, or energy as I wish I did. And I certainly don’t have as much time, resources, or energy as my church expects me to have. Will you come to a meeting? Will you join a committee? Will you come to a picnic? Will you…… Continue reading Incarnational living and the busy family

From information to action

Our society is in desperate need of Good News Therefore, the question for church leaders is simple: Will you be the source of Good News in your community or will someone/something else? The Sunday Disconnect Like clockwork, we have trained our people that the place to be on Sunday mornings is the church. That is…… Continue reading From information to action