A Pastor’s Father’s Day AR15 Promotion

I’m not making a judgement here, I’d just like to know what you think.  Considering our role in the culture, our calling, and our purpose in Christ, is this an incredibly great promotion for a local church, or an incredibly lame promotion?   Or something in-between?  What’s the perception non-believers will walk away with?  Watch the video: Read the full article »

The Demise of Newspapers and The Desperation of the Los Angeles Times

I finally decided to pull the plug on my LA Times newspaper subscription yesterday. Understand that I’m a committed newspaper reader, and it was tough. I understand that newspapers have always had political points of view, but in recent years the Times has moved more and more Left until they read more like the in-house publication of the Democratic Party. In fact, one of the great LA Times stories of the last year was that when they dropped Left wing columnist Robert Sheer and started a weekly column by a single conservative writer – Jonah Goldberg – Barbara Streisand was so upset that she threaten to drop her subscription. That’s Hollywood for you. But more important, Read the full article »

Are You a Victim of Today’s Culture of Haste?

One of the great frustrations in organizations are leaders who’s enthusiasm to make a project happen overrides their patience. Great things take time, and it doesn’t help to push your team to the point of damaging the outcome.  In government, this administration has trouble with haste. Remember Nancy Pelosi who lectured Congress to pass Obamacare, and THEN we’ll see what’s in the bill.  Then, Read the full article »

When (If Ever) Is It OK To Criticize Other Christians?

I’m not sure if this puts my salvation in doubt, but here’s a link that’s absolutely must see.  It’s a compilation someone posted on the “5 Worst Christian Videos on the Internet.”  Now these are truly award worthy. I’ve seen some terrible things – and you could probably add a few more – but these are really bad. So while we hate to criticize other believers, the question becomes – Read the full article »

My Surprising Suggestion for Starting The Week

I’m sure you’re facing a long to-do list right now, and this week there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But today, I’m recommending something a bit different – do nothing. That’s right. No work, no action, no check offs. Well, in a way at least. By doing “nothing” here’s what I mean: Read the full article »

Christians And The Disneyfication of Great Art

Kathleen and I are teaching at a media conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since we’re culture hounds, one night we went out to see a performance of the Tango. The dance was born during the 1890s along the Río de la Plata, the river between Uruguay and Argentina, and grew from there. The audience at the venue we attended was largely tourists – although we sat next to a group of very artistic older fans. In spite of all the tourist atmosphere, it was a fascinating performance, and as I watched, I thought of how many similar art forms were born out of poverty, war, or Read the full article »

5 Ways To Improve Your Church YouTube Channel

There’s no question that a great number of churches and ministry organizations should be addressing today’s “Digital Mission Field.”  And one of the key platforms is YouTube.  Most churches just think YouTube is for randomly posting short video clips of the pastor’s message.  So I asked my friend Sean Cannell, to give us some examples of how churches and ministry groups can use YouTube more effectively.  Here’s what he said:  Read the full article »

Leaders: The Problem With Valuing Everyone Equally

The Bible is clear – everyone has intrinsic value and worth.  God loves us all and there are no favorites in His kingdom. As leaders, we try to live that out every day. The problem is, we get into trouble when we use that principle when evaluating our team. Every church, ministry, nonprofit, or business has employees or volunteers, and while we should appreciate them all equally, some of those employees bring greater value to the table. Throughout the Bible, God chose different people for Read the full article »

Are “Honorary” Doctorates Real Academic Degrees?

When it comes to overblown titles, one thing that’s rampant in the Christian world (besides mail order degrees) are pastors and other leaders using honorary doctorates as if they were actual Ph.D. degrees. In case you were wondering – authoritative sources say they shouldn’t. While there are only a few instances I could find of written policies such as this one from Brandeis University, many, many university presidents, and highly regarded professors agree: Read the full article »

The Problem With Surrounding Yourself With Smart People

I grew up in the South and spent my early years watching buddies hang out their entire lives. Usually these buddies were picked because they wouldn’t challenge each other, push each other, or inspire each other. You probably know some people like this. They’re buddies that do nothing but “hang out.” So I decided early on that I wanted to do the opposite – to surround myself with smarter, more talented, and more driven people than me.  And for most of my life, my friends have done some amazing things. They produce  Read the full article »

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