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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
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Marketing Love

Did you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday night? Not only did we have a thrilling game and an extravagant half-time show, but the commercials were a focal point of the night as they always are. The Super Bowl is the one night of the year when I actually want to watch the commercials. Wit
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Time to Rethink Everything

By Jim Kitchens CHC Consultant When I was the pastor of Second Presbyterian in Nashville, one of my friends was the pastor of a thriving tall steeple United Methodist church in town. It was the sort of church that might lead some of the rest of us to struggle with the sin of envy. Its
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Let’s Share This Mess

It doesn’t happen every day, but sometimes I buckle down and cook dinner for my husband and three teenagers. It’s a lot of effort, but it’s almost always worth it and, at least the way I cook, it always makes a mess. If I get stuck with the responsibility for figuring out what to cook
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Our Hidden Addiction

You know all too well that our society is prone to addictions. We do nearly everything to excess. Not just the obvious culprits: alcohol, gambling, pain-killers, sex, work. There are a multitude of things which, done in moderation, are life-giving and energizing. However, when taken t
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For Ministers About to Start…Or About To Give Up

Travis Collins, a member of the Center for Healthy Churches team, wrote a book titled For Ministers About to Start…Or About To Give Up (TCP). The following is an interview with Bill Wilson and Travis about that book. Q. Why this book, For Ministers About to Start…Or About to Give Up?
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Sometimes Its Just a Matter of Showing Up

It was really such a simple plan. The group would meet at my house at 4:30 for coffee and dessert and then head off together to the nursing home at 6 to sing Christmas carols for residents there who would be gathered in the piano room. Why our deacon chair and his wife showed up in th
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Vision and Venture at Advent

It was Vaclev Havel who described the dilemma every leader has with the issue of vision. “Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs.” By venture, of course, he means action. Simply describing a vision of
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The Light Shines in the Darkness

David Hull Southeast Coordinator for The Center for Healthy Churches Have you ever wondered why Christmas always seems to be happening at night? Think about it. Do you know of a Christmas card with sun streaming in on the head of baby Jesus? Listen to the songs of Christmas which desc
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