If you're interested in buying a home, a great place in Downtown Boston has just come on the market. Just blocks away from Fenway Park, Manny Ramirez, Boston Red Sox leftfielder and 2004 World Series MVP has decided to sell his crib. It's a 4,500 SF penthouse pad atop of the Boston Ritz-Carlton hotel. Asking price: $6,900,000. You can see the place here and get a virtual tour. So this is what 20 million a year buys you!
Sunday morning was a weird experience for me. When I don't teach on Sunday, it's usually because I'm either on vacation or teaching somewhere else. But today I wasn't teaching and I just went to church. I did this a month ago but today I sat in the audience with my wife for the entire service. I hadn't done that in a while! But it was an interesting experience. I documented all the stuff I hadn't seen in my Treo for discussion in our Wednesday morning Staff meeting. Try it sometime. It's interesting to see what those who attend your ... Read More
Download images.jpg I just finished God's Blogs by Lanny Donoho, co-host of the Catalyst conference and founder of Big Stuf camps. I picked up the book because my buddy Mark took our youth to Big Stuf this year and loved it. Everyone who read the book thought it was fantastic (Lanny's God's blogs pants at Catalyst were a nice touch). But the book was fantastic! Easy enough so a 5th grader could totally understand it and deep enough to make any adult really think about some serious "Life" stuff. I encourage you to read it, you won't regret it.
Ben Arment (who has a great blog by the way) was kind enough to review my book "Elements" and share some of his thoughts about the book. You can read the review here or buy the book here. If you're still not sure, you can download the introduction and get a feel for the book here. If you read the book, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it...
First off: if you're not reading Mark Batterson's blog - you're missing the boat. This guy is always writing challenging stuff. Secondly, this post about 10 tips for church planters is great. I totally needed to read this. Enjoy...
Greg has a great post today about his experience with Rick Warren and an important lesson we all need to learn. check it out here...
I just finished God's Blogs by Lanny Donoho, co-host of the Catalyst conference and founder of Big Stuf camps. I picked up the book because my buddy Mark took our youth to Big Stuf this year and loved it. Everyone who read the book thought it was fantastic (Lanny's God's blogs pants at Catalyst were a nice touch). But the book was fantastic! Easy enough so a 5th grader could totally understand it and deep enough to make any adult really think about some serious "Life" stuff. I encourage you to read it, you won't regret it.
As I mentioned previously about how we budget, I got several requests to e-mail our guidelines. I've posted them here so you can download them and use them. Let me give you a couple of tips that we use in preparing a yearly budget: #1 - Be realistic - I know you're sure that outreach event is going to take your church from 200 to 2,000 in just one week, but why not look at your past and say, "We've grown by 25% each year, I think we can expect the same this upcoming year." #2 - Consider the church's ... Read More
Attention Pastors: This Sunday (The one after Thanksgiving) is the lowest attended church service of the year in the United States. This is a great weekend to take off. I'm not teaching. I'm thinking about checking out another church and seeing what's happening somewhere else to get some ideas. So find someone to fill in and enjoy a weekend off. The best part is that 1/2 your church will be out and they won't even realize you were gone... We have always used this weekend to break in a new teacher into the mix. It's low pressure since there aren't ... Read More
I was reading up on my favorite artist, John Mayer, and came across a quote that stopped me in my tracks. In speaking about his live performances, he said, "There's a deep responsibility to move every last soul in the room." When we prepare a series or I'm putting together my Sunday message that is my aim, to move every last soul in the room. Where do we want to move them? For everyone, it's different. For some, it's to consider starting the journey with God. For others, it's to deepen their level of commitment to God and experience Him ... Read More
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