Why Helping Couples to Have Fun is Important

During my time at North Point, we launched The Great Date Experiment. What we learned from the experiment was powerfully simple: It’s a great idea for churches to help married couples date. Before I go any further, I have to say this: The Great Date Experiment did not originate with me. You probably don’t care who it originated with, but every time I talk about it, I have to give credit where credit is due. While I was at North Point we created quarterly environments called MarriedLife Live.... Read More

September YouLead Webcast: Reggie Joiner

Did they pay attention? Did you engage them? It’s something to consider when you are communicating to kids and students. You have a limited amount of time, so it’s important to make the most of it. You may have heard people say, “But it’s not our job to entertain kids.” No, but we are called to teach them, and the word teach means “to cause to learn.” So, how do you make the most of the time you are teaching your kids? Are you constantly evaluating what’s being presented, and coming up with... Read More
Presentation Zen Book Study, Week 4

Presentation Zen Book Study, Week 4

Live in the moment. It’s a popular phrase, challenging people to enjoy the present in order to get the most out of it. In the world of Zen, the art of mindfulness is at the heart of the “everyday” things. It’s hard to be fully engaged in something if your mind is racing with thoughts of a million other things. In these last chapters, you’ll discover that a good presentation is like a great conversation—a moment in time when you’re fully present and engaged. When you can live in the moment,... Read More

The Outsider

by Tim Walker God loves irony. How do I know this? Well, it’s not from a particular Bible verse. It’s from my own life. (Disclaimer: For my theological friends, I get it that a God who sees and knows all really isn’t ironic. Irony is from our perspective. But just roll with me here, yo.) I have three very athletic children. Their favorite thing to do is to go outside and play various sports in our yard. From soccer to basketball to baseball to lacrosse, they switch... Read More

Working for the IRS or Publisher’s Clearing House?

by Jud Wilhite Lately I’ve been rethinking how we view leadership and ministry in the church. Many see the church like the IRS. Our job is to let everyone know what debt they owe and remind them often that they can’t pay it. What a downer! Yet, in the gospel, we see so much more. Ministry is more like we won a sweepstakes and now we get to go and give out the winnings (the finished work of Christ) to others. It’s like we work for Publishers Clearing House, those people who show up at your door... Read More