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The J Word

I cannot stand this word and what it represents. I hear it far too often. It represents an attitude that should be banned from local church life.   It is the word JUST. As in, “I’m JUST a layperson.” Actually, that is the specific context that makes me cringe when I hear this wor
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When you pastor the Titanic

What if you knew that your congregation was on a collision course with its demise? What would you do? Who would you tell? How would it change the way you lead? Would it affect your sense of urgency? Would it help you better distinguish between minor and major issues?   The painfu
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Are you Ill?

My grandmother often used a word to describe herself or other people. It was the word “ill”. She did not use it to describe someone who was sick with a cold or the flu. She used it to describe an attitude, a demeanor, or a spirit. For example, if someone were rude or stern with her, s
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Recalculating

It comes in a variety of accents. It can be a man’s voice or a woman’s (my favorite is the female Australian). It can break your heart or serve as a warning. It will mock you. It will scold you. When I am behind the wheel, to hear it makes me cringe. If you have a GPS in your vehicle,
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Intervention

Intervention is an award-winning reality show about addiction and the extraordinary lengths it can take to face one’s unhealthy compulsions. Each episode chronicles the attempts by family members and friends to bring health to someone who is destroying their life. The extreme measures
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High Anxiety

Anyone feeling anxious? A better question: anyone NOT feeling anxious? God’s people in the 21st century suffer a serious malady.  We mouth the words of faithfulness while we live lives dominated by anxiety and frustration. For every time we parrot “God is good, all the time, and all t
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Your Church Can Make You Healthier

Our 10-month-old grandson recently went through a medical emergency. His immune system was compromised and his body was under assault from an infection. He needed immediate treatment and the diagnosis called for him to receive Intravenous Immunoglobulin. This is a concentrated dose of
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The two most dangerous words.

Yes, but… Two of the most dangerous words in a minister’s vocabulary. Two of the most destructive words a congregation will ever utter. Yes, but… The order of their utterance is important. First we say “YES. I agree. We agree. This is true and right. It is right that people matt
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A new ministerial role

For centuries the church has taken Ephesians 4 to heart and suggested that there are five primary roles for a minister to fulfill. Modern ministers are expected to embody these roles as needed and with a significant level of expertise and professionalism. They are: Apostle, Prophet, E
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