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The Practices of a Barnabas

The Practices of a Barnabas

I talk about Barnabas a lot. He’s one of my favorite biblical characters… probably because he functions as a behind-the-scenes coach empowering others. I heard a talk that Bubba Justice gave on the practices of a Barnabas, taken from his study of the book of Acts....

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Taking the long view

Taking the long view

We've all heard the expression, “We overestimate what we can do in one year and significantly underestimate what can be accomplished in three years.” We tend to be overly ambitious for what can happen in a year. We raise expectations-- our own and those of others--...

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Three words

Three words

Recently friend and pastor Dennis Easter shared three words with me that he has found helpful in life and ministry… words that set the stage for a way of living different than what most of us are experiencing on a day-to-day basis. Pace, Space, and Grace Pace -...

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Knowing the city… and its workers

Knowing the city… and its workers

Government workers know their city better than most pastors do. People move into community positions because they want to help their neighborhoods. There are often a lot of difficulties, but there are also opportunities for positive contribution. So if you are a...

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The role of authority and position

The role of authority and position

Romans 13:1 reads: Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.  But you know what I find really interesting? Romans was-- almost certainly-- written during the...

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Who are we precluding from worship?

Who are we precluding from worship?

When I was a pastor, I would think about the numbers of people who legitimately can’t come to church on Sunday mornings: hospital workers, police, firefighters, etc. Their schedules preclude Sunday mornings, and I’m glad for it. I want them to be available for...

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Opportunity or obstacle?

Opportunity or obstacle?

Sometimes we take a look at a particular neighborhood or subculture and we think it’s really bad… and it may be. But how might God want to redeem or use that area? How can we take the energy we feel and use it constructively? God may very well be at work there. Let’s...

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