Mark Driscoll is not an intentional plagairist

Mark Driscoll is many things to many people. But he’s not an intentional plagiarist. At least in my opinion. Maybe you haven’t heard of all the uproar. (But I find it hard to believe it’s gotten past you). Driscoll appeared a couple of weeks ago on nationally syndicated Christian talk show host Janet Mefford’s radio program to discuss his new book. But the discussion never got to the book. Instead, Driscoll was first backed into a corner on his recent appearance at the John MacArthur Strange Fire conference.  Mefford tried to get Driscoll to admit that he lied about his books...
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5 productivity tips from the busiest people in the world

Need to get more done? Especially in December… year end… holiday season… Christmas schedules, etc.? Maybe this will be helpful. Five tips: 1.  Have a single purpose focus 2. Ruthlessly block out distractions 3. Set a time limit on meetings 4. Set up productivity rituals 5.  Get up earlier See the full image, with details,...
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Don’t kid yourself. You’re not all that brilliant.

I recently read an interesting piece over at the Harvard Business Review about how much luck there is our decision making process. Good luck, bad luck, fate.  Whatever. Of course this was written from a secular view point. I’m not sure I’m a believer in luck.  Or coincidence. In many ways… being a Christian changes you view of things, doesn’t it. But here’s the premise. When you’re at the point of making a decision on anything, the circumstances that bring you to that decision point are usually pretty much out of your control (at least somewhat).  The writer calls...
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Change Your Church Culture… in SIX MONTHS?

Conventional wisdom says that changing the culture of your church will take years. DNA is hard to change. But it’s a nasty proposition. Change the culture too fast and everything blows up. Change the culture too slowly, and you’re probably not going to be around to see any of the church. But is there a better way? There was recently an interesting case study article reported on at the Harvard Business Review that says if you’re going to change your culture, do it quickly. It cites a couple of business examples where culture of an office was changed remarkably in 6 months! That’s...
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If the world only had 100 people, this is what it would look like…

I found this graphic recently.  It is very interesting, and makes me think. From Lifehack.com: 50 are female, 50 are male. 26 of these are children and only 8 people are aged 65 and older. 60 people are Asian, 15 African, 14 people are from the Americas and 11 individuals come from Europe. 5 of us speak English and 5 speak Spanish. Arabic, Hindi, Bengali and Portuguese all have 3 fluent speakers each. 12 speak Chinese, whilst 62 speak other languages. 83 are literate, 77 people have shelter, 87 have access to safe water, 15 are undernourished and 21 are overweight. 33 of us would be...
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Is the Housing Allowance Going Away?

Last week a Wisconsin Federal District Court judge ruled that the pastoral housing allowance violates the establishment clause of the first amendment. This news can be quite upsetting for church leaders across the country as they try to figure out how to fairly compensate their pastors, and for pastors who need to rethink their monthly budgets now that a major tax benefit has been ruled unconstitutional. Yesterday morning, Matt Steen and I had a conversation with Mike Batts, managing partner of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee. Mike and his team work exclusively with churches and pastors, and have...
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KUDOS: Kentucky church hosts prom for physically and mentally disabled

Southland Christian Church in Lexington did a great thing this past weekend… hosting over 1000 physically and mentally disabled (I hope that’s the right politically correct terminology) to what they called a ‘Jesus Prom’. How great is this? From an article at the Christian Post: Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., held an event for the mentally and physically disabled community dubbed “Jesus Prom” over the past weekend that featured a night of celebration and compassion dedicated to those in attendance. The annual free event drew 1,100 people decked in prom...
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The games we play: Only 14% always tell the truth

In a laboratory experiment to test people’s willingness to lie to a partner in a game, 14% of peoplealways chose to be truthful, even if lying would have benefited them, and 14% chose to lie whenever they stood to gain, according to a team led by Uri Gneezy of the University of California, San Diego. The rest reacted in variable ways to incentives, sometimes lying and sometimes not, except for one participant who always lied, regardless of circumstances. From the Harvard Business Review OK… ministry is not a game. But I’ve met a few ministry leaders that ‘play’ with...
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How dangerous are your ideas?

Have you ever thought about ideas being ‘dangerous’? Or that innovation could come out of asking some really ‘dangerous’ questions? PJ Chan has a really interesting post over at Forbes today entitled “Leadership Lesson:  ’Dangerous’ Ideas are the key to Innovation It’s worth the read. PJ writes: Apparently there is an annual festival of “Dangerous Ideas.” Without repeating all three paragraphs, I’ll summarize – they do mean dangerous! One of the talks will cover, “A Killer Can Be A Good Neighbor.” The goal of the event is to discuss ideas...
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A few of my favorites from the NINES…

We had a great couple of days at the NINES!  It is such a privilege to serve with so many great leaders across the country and around the world. Our theme this year was “What’s Working (and what’s not)” in our churches.  It was a great time together; and some great ideas were shared.  I am so encouraged at how God is working through his church.  Sure, there is a lot of doom and gloom out there; but we had the opportunity to hear first-hand from some great leaders about exactly how God is blessing and where he’s working.  How cool is that? Here are just 3 of my...
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