The Day After: John Piper on NOT being a pastor

Words of John Piper, one day after preaching his last sermon as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist: Finishing the ministry at Bethlehem has been deeply and painfully satisfying. Painfully, because of long, tearful embraces with people who don’t want to let go. But here I want to show you how finishing can be so satisfying. How can one speak of finishing a ministry — a pastorate? Can one really finish? Death snatches some men away in the midst of their ministry, and they feel, “I wasn’t finished.” Others are removed against their will, and they don’t feel like it was finished. Others run...
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Givers, matchers, and takers

Adam Grant is a professor at the University Pennsylvania and he almost never says “no.” He answers every email and accepts all requests for favors. Yet, the man is highly productive and, as a result, has thousands of people who feel indebted with gratitude. Grant’s work on giving has mixed with his own personal life and has him thinking a lot about what makes a good “giver: ”[Grant] divides the world into three categories: givers, matchers and takers. Givers give without expectation of immediate gain; they never seem too busy to help, share credit actively and mentor...
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What you can learn from this church/pastor’s parsonage fight

So often in the church world we get into trouble by making agreements that are intended to work one way, but are not worded in a way that backs up that intention. This seems to be the case at a church in Cocoa, Florida where a church and it’s former pastor are at loggerheads over the pastor’s use of the church’s parsonage. In a story we covered in just released April edition of Ministry Briefing, we discuss just how it is that churches find themselves in these predicaments, and how to avoid them: Interested in stories like this? Check out Ministry Briefing and stay in the loop. What do you...
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5 Ways To Lead By Email

“Email may be your main mode of business communication and problem solving,” shares Roger Schwarz in his new book, Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams. “You can apply the same core values and behaviors in email that you use in face-to-face and phone interactions.” Here are five insightful tips for making your email communication much more effective: Explain your reasoning. Just as you explain your reasoning in face-to-face conversation, you can do so with email. You need to not only answer someone’s email, but to provide a response that speaks directly to the needs of the sender. Add an extra...
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Manipulator Pastors

Manipulators seek their own best interests while pretending they seek yours. Your success threatens them. Relationship based leaders seek your best interests. Your success invigorates them. Which kind of leader are you? Link
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Don’t sue your brother (unless he owns your domain name)

Pensacola Christian College is suing a former graduate for $100,000. Over a domain name. It seems that Peter Gage isn’t a fan of his alma mater. In fact, he owns the domain name pensacolachristiancollege.com, which he uses to criticize the conservative school’s policies. The school offered to buy the domain name.  Gage asked for payment of $75,000 either to himself or a charity. So… what do you think?  Should the college sue? What would you do if, for example, a former member of your church started a website like [insertyourchurchnamehere]sucks.com? Is it best to ignore or go after...
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Spicing up the Easter cantata with a little FIRE

This church adds a totally new dimension to the resurrection.  Keep watching.  Let’s add a little pyro to the resurrection. Found here. Ouch. But the singer never missed a beat.
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I can’t stinkin’ remember your name…

OK… I admit it.  I have a terrible time remembering names. In fact, I’m so horrible… that if you are introduced to me, chances are high that I will forget your name by the time I’m done talking with you. That’s a horrible thing to admit. It doesn’t mean I don’t like you. And it doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in you. I just can’t remember your name. At least the first time. But after I’ve got it… I won’t forget it. That’s why I was happy about this article that promised I could remember anyone’s name with...
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Pat Robertson and Homeland Security’s wicked plan against you

Not sure what to think about this.  Is this just a conspiracy theory, or is Pat on to something here? What do YOU think? Todd
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Blessed beers?

This post at Eatocracy lists several ‘religiously themed’ beers… Gouden Carolus Easter – The Gouden Carolus brewery traces its roots back to 15th century Belgium when Christian women were responsible for brewing beer and lived in communal settings known as Beguines. This beer, released once a year around Easter, is deep red in color and tastes of plums and licorice. Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 – The Saint Arnold Brewery out of Houston, Texas, is named after the famous saint who is credited with saying two of my favorite beer quotes: “From man’s sweat and God’s...
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