The Power of Words in a Digital Age

The Power of Words in a Digital Age

There is something ironic about how we use social media. We tend to follow people who affirm our beliefs and opinions. I’d wager the same goes for most of our followers, yet we can tweet and update as if we are looking for a fight. We are too easily caught in a riptide where our words’ primary function is to let our homogeneity of followers know what we are against. There are already so many boundaries drawn in our culture. What would it look like if we intentionally used our words to express... Read More
Creating a Rhythm All Week Long

Creating a Rhythm All Week Long

Do you remember the opening scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? He’s rushing down the hallway of his house, moving through his morning routine, when he looks at the camera and says: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” That’s impressive insight from a high school boy.  After all, what parent hasn’t felt this way about their pace from time to time?  When my son was born, a friend told me these would be the longest and shortest days of my... Read More
6 Questions to Help You Create Services That Matter

6 Questions to Help You Create Services That Matter

If you’re tired of chasing what’s cool, feeling inadequate in your creativity, and you really desire to simply be effective, then you’re exactly who I hoped would read this post.  This article is NOT advice, but a set of questions that every ministry team can ask themselves as they plan anything from worship services to outreach events. If your goal is to create something bigger, better, and more creative than last Sunday, you will have discovered the Law of Diminishing Returns to be very... Read More
Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

We have all heard of the phrase, “information overload,” and I am 99.9 percent sure that each of us have experienced it. In fact, this post just might fall victim to a rapid delete from your inbox simply because you have just had too much “adulting” today! I hate to break it to you but this problem will continually get worse. Pew Research Center survey says, one in three teenagers send more than 100 texts a day. Go ahead, take a few minutes and look at your phone and see what your magic number... Read More