- Talked on the Rich Young Ruler this morning. I really feel like God gave me something about this story. - I feel like for the first time in 7 years, we're really getting it together. Our staff is totally unified and we're seeing what we need to do to get to the next level. - I'm learning more right now than ever! - My Small Group is going awesome! 20 college students. I'm the oldest guy by 8-14 years! I feel old every Tuesday night! - Mia turned 8 months old today! I love being a dad! - Mia ... Read More
That's what I'm talking about! The last time we won the AL East Division title was 1995! It feels nice. There's no stopping this team! We're facing the Angels in the ALDS (reminds me of 2004 - can you say "sweep"?). In the immortal words of Clubber Lang, "I pity the fool!"
I didn't think that a 260 page book about why meetings are boring would be interesting, but I thought Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni was really good. I don't know about you, but my life is full of meetings, some of them productive, others not so much. If you've never read a book by Patrick Lencioni, I highly recommend it. The fable he writes gives us a picture of the principles he is writing about. This book deals with the main problems in meetings and gives us 4 types of meetings that should be happening in an organization. Very ... Read More
“All music is worship. It could be worship of self, of women, of God, but it’s all worship."
It took me a little while to find the writer's rhythm, but once I found it I really enjoyed The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership by Steven Sample. As the title suggests, he gives several leadership insights that are quite contrarian to what is considered the prevailing wisdom of today. Some of my favorites: - You are what you read - Thinking gray, rather than black and white - A leader should never make a decision that one of his lieutenants could make - It's healthy for a leader to be manipulated to some degree by his lieutenants - Never make ... Read More
- Today was crazy at the theatre! The concession stand got torn out & they decided to retile the lobby...on Sunday morning! In the words of Animal House, "Thank you sir, may I have another?" - I taught on marriage today. Got a lot of good feedback. Then again, no one ever walks up and says, 'Hey, I really hated everything you said!" - Lots of first time guests today! It's exciting to talk to unchurched people who are interested in connecting with God. - If you haven't seen what we've done to our children's classes, you have to check ... Read More
Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath is one of the best books on communication that I've ever read. Not because they talked about delivery or style, but because they dealt with the one topic that every communicator thinks about: "Are people remembering what I said 3 days later?" The average person forgets by Wednesday what was preached on Sunday (which doesn't make me happy). But they offer 6 ways that ideas stick and take root in our minds. The one idea from the book that has stuck with me is "The Curse of Knowledge". This is where we ... Read More
John rearranged some stuff in our storage closets at the theatre and he brought me 6 boxes worth of cassettes with every teaching I've given since the 1st Sunday of our church. Old school! I feel bad for the people endured those messages. Some of that stuff was brutal! Those tapes might accidentally end up in the bottom of a lake...
I lost my ipod headphones when I was in Orlando a couple of weeks ago. I used Carey's a couple of times, but they kept falling out of my ears because they were too small for me. So I bought a pair at the Apple Store, which were too big for my ears (I know, this sounding like the story of the 3 bears). So I returned them and picked up a pair of Nike headphones, which sound good and have these hooks that go behind your ears in case I start doing summersaults (which isn't going to happen - ... Read More