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Deciding to change

When I was teaching in my anger management recovery group at the Salvation Army, I had a man interrupt me and say, “When someone makes me mad, I tell them off. That’s just the way I am.” I responded, “So what I’m hearing you say is that when you feel angry, you blow...

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Coach or cash?

A man I work with in the transitional living center recently wrote a letter to me and Janet asking for $100. Our policy in environments where we volunteer is that is that we don’t give money directly to individuals, but we do give time and training to them. That’s the...

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Where’s the tipping point?

Where’s the tipping point?

Have you read The Tipping Point: How little things can make a big difference by Malcolm Gladwell? It’s an excellent read and I highly recommend it if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of this book. Gladwell talks about the concept of the tipping point: when enough...

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My favorite church names

What's in a name? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?  I've traveled a lot in my time and I've been keeping a list of my favorite church names. Thought I'd share them with you this Friday. I saved my favorite for last. Enjoy! Accident Baptist Church Scum of...

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Pyramid principle

One of my principles for doing ministry-- especially with new or small churches-- is this: We only do as much ministry as we have leadership to support. One of the problems new churches face is adding more and more ministries (usually in an attempt to meet needs)...

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What do you do with your harvest workers?

Yesterday I wrote about praying for more workers in the harvest field as a direct result of the compassion we feel for the harvest field. We can pray that prayer with a great deal of boldness and confidence, because we know we are praying God’s will. However, consider...

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Compassion as a motivation

The passage below is often cited as an injunction toward evangelism, and rightly so. But we miss something important if we don’t quote the first half of this passage. What do you see as a lead-in to reaching the harvest? “Jesus traveled through all the towns and...

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The problem of community

We as the church of Jesus are supposed to “do life” together in the context of community. But how can we really do that, especially in the western context most of us find ourselves in? I believe our ministry does need to be very countercultural, since our context is...

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