Church Failure: Most Churches Don’t Understand Discipleship

A couple of Mondays ago, I had the privilege of having a series of conversations with two pastors during a four and half hour walk around a golf course. We were all participating in a Young Life fund-raising event which doubled as a men’s ministry outing for a number of churches in the Columbia, SC … More Church Failure: Most Churches Don’t Understand Discipleship

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The Talk

This is not what you think. For many years I have had what I call “THE TALK” with all new pastoral staff hires. I have started to have a variation of “the talk” with couples in marriage counseling. “The Talk” has four major components, now. It once had only three. That was a mistake.  Here’s … More The Talk

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Twelve Things that are More Important than Preaching and Music at Your Church

These twelve things, are more important than whatever your pastor preaches from week to week and whatever music is used from week to week. If these results are happening in your church, stop complaining about EVERYTHING else and rejoice in what God is doing in your midst. If they aren’t happening, pray for your leadership … More Twelve Things that are More Important than Preaching and Music at Your Church

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Blowing Up Buddha

Almost twenty years ago, a band of fundamentalist, doctrinaire terrorists called the Taliban, decided that their vision of a better world could not be attained without the destruction of 6th century artistic expressions of Buddha’s carved out of sandstone cliffs in Afghanistan. I remember how apalled I and most of the world was at the … More Blowing Up Buddha

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