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What Really Matters

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This morning I had the opportunity to share the closing keynote for the Ideas to Impact conference in Atlanta. I had big shoes to fill after hearing from Greg Surratt, Tyrone Barnette and Jenni Catron. So the whole week I was down here, I kept asking myself the question, “What Really Matters?” I spent time between my classes thinking about this, rolling it over in my head, wondering for the administrative assistant…

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The Essential Ingredient to Ministry

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This week I wrote a note to our volunteer youth staff. I thought anyone in ministry might find it encouraging, as I believe the main ingredient needed for success in ministry isn’t one we applaud or train for. Here’s an excerpt from that letter:   The past few mornings I’ve been reflecting on the word “faithfulness”. The definition for faithfulness has four parts: 1. strict or thorough in the performance…

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On Intentions…

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“Intentions are wonderful things. They are the starting points, the defining moments of our lives. But in and of themselves, intentions are wholly inadequate. As a Christ follower, it’s easy to mistake intention for action and stirrings for solutions. . . . But even the strength of my intentions is not an accurate indicator of whether or not I will take the time to act, to put my faith to…

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The Becoming Podcast

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I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to teaching. I’m a nerd, from my love of new notebooks to my dogeared books to my “idea” journals. It’s a big deal to me when I actually like someone’s teaching. Over time. For YEARS. So I think my pastor for the last 14 years, David Dwight, is pretty special when it comes to his insights into scripture, his…

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I’ll go cry now.

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I wish emotions came one at a time. But in ministry, in leadership, in life it seems, joy often shakes hands with pain; sweetness and bitterness swirl. This Sunday was one of those times, a mix of weird and wonderful and hard and good in a way that shouts “life is complicated.” It was 7:09 pm when they arrived in front of the church, shaken, muddy, some in blankets. The…

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Is Busy Better?

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Seems like more and more often people like to say to me, I don’t know how you do it.  I think, most of the time, they mean it as a compliment. Like it’s a good thing to be a busy but a BETTER thing to be very, very busy, and because much of my work is for public consumption, it seems like I do more than most. And maybe I…

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The 90/10 Rule

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Ninety Percent of the Time: I second-guess my leadership decisions. I wonder if everything I work so hard to do is making an impact. I ponder if my parenting is good enough. I worry about my kids having serious issues with the mom they were given.     Ninety Percent of the Time: I try to be perfect. I hesitate to move forward because I don’t want to fail. I…

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Lady Gaga and the music of your soul…

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This doesn’t happen every evening. To the untrained eye, it looked like any other backyard party…a table full of party snacks, some crockpots. Lawn chairs scattered about. Chatter on the deck and small clusters of people, some quiet, some laughing loud and frequent (that was me). But then two guys, one with a guitar and one with an accordian, began to play. The man average; unassuming, wedding ring glinting under…

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Uninspired

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Could there be a word more dull…mundane…more tired than uninspired? But hey, we all deal with it. I’ve found my most uninspired times come when: I’ve been going too hard. I lack focus. I forget the big picture. I stop looking for extraordinary moments in an ordinary life. It’s time to move on from something I’ve been doing. Problem is, I usually interpret every uninspired season in my life as…

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Living Present at Warp Speed: Ideas for Leaders

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Living and leading with a full plate takes intentional choices. It takes honesty about a pace you can sustain. The margin is thin for mother leaders and for all leaders, and it takes the courage to ask yourself hard questions about sustaining that pace. Here’s a few things I do to stay present at warp speed:   1. I get up early OR stay up late. When I do both,…

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