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Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom |

Exponential 2013 – A Reflection

Exponential 2013 – A Reflection

This week I had the privilege of joining some of the LN team at the Exponential 2013 Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Over 5000 Kingdom-minded leaders came together for three days at the ‘largest gathering of church planters in the world’.  It was an exciting and energizing atmosphere, with great speakers, inspiring worship, and entertaining after-hours meet-ups of pastors and vendors.  Oh, and did I mention it was held in Orlando? This morning I had breakfast with a friend, minister, and former coworker at a church in Keller, TX (yes, we had to travel across the country to have breakfast together), to catch up on life and ministry.  Jim came to Exponential, not because he’s looking to plant a church, but because this was a crowd he wanted to be around.  Their church, the Heritage Church of Christ,  has recently embarked on a journey to take a congregation with a long past into a new future driven by the mission of the Church – to do whatever it takes to...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

3 Reasons Sermon Series Matter!

3 Reasons Sermon Series Matter!

Through out my tenure as GroupLife Pastor at Lifepoint Church we have continually had spring and fall sermon series campaigns (February – March; August- September).  This started in 2003 with Purpose Driven Life.  Each campaign brought the opportunity to start new small groups which opens up many opportunities for people to connect to a small group.  Before each campaign we conduct some form of GroupLink . (See Grouplink Again! and Grouplink @ Lifepoint ) As I personally meet with every small group leader in our Sunday morning Huddles this spring (see “My new practice to Disciple leaders“) I am learning a lot.  As leaders  share about their small groups a couple of common themes are surfacing: -The 3-year mark: This is a stat that may not be limited to Lifepoint.  In the last 8 years we have discovered if a small group does not take on a high-level, ongoing service or add/send out people, then they will begin to implode.  So we have began to take action by discussion...

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Facing the Test with Perseverance

Facing the Test with Perseverance

On Saturday my son and I had the privilege of attending an upper belt test at our Lake Arlington Karate Academy.  It was an amazing show of skill, discipline, and focus.  About a dozen brown belts, ranging from around 10 to 50 years old, performed a myriad of katas, blocks, kicks, punches, and self-defense moves over the 3-hour test.  They also engaged in several rounds of sparring and board breaking, much to the delight of the crowd of family, friends, pupils, and peers. One of the most impressive things to me that day was the show of perseverance.  Certainly, to even get to that level requires a great deal of sacrifice and determination.  During the test, however, each individual’s perseverance took center stage.  Whether it was gutting out a long, intense, endurance-testing series of complicated moves, recovering from failed attempts at breaking boards, or enduring round after round of painful one-on-one, and even two-on-one, sparring, I was moved by the strong wills that prevailed over burning lungs, bruised ribs,...

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Report: Bulletproof Coffee Test

Report: Bulletproof Coffee Test

A few days ago I posted that I would be trying out “bulletproof coffee” along with intermittent fasting as recommended by the website Bulletproof Executive.  The claim is that this “upgraded” coffee, combined with organic, whole fat butter and MCT oil, will provide a powerful start to your day, increasing your focus, energy, mental function, and fat-burning capacity, keeping you satisfied from the morning until mid-afternoon.  After searching around to get the necessary ingredients, I thought I would give bulletproof coffee a two-day mini trial.  Here’s my report. The Coffee: 2 Servings with 2 TBS of Kerrygold Butter and 2 TBS of MCT Oil If you like a good latte, you’ll love bulletproof coffee.  The coffee, butter and MCT oil blended together create a very smooth, latte-like drink that is pleasant without any additives.  I generally like a few ‘extras’ in my coffee, such as sweetener and hazelnut, but it wasn’t bad.  The oil is a non-factor, since it is flavorless.  You do see a little evidence of it...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Infographic: Top Tech Tools for the Church

Infographic: Top Tech Tools for the Church

My work with Leadership Network has given me the opportunity to talk with church leaders about the technology and digital tools they are using to advance the Kingdom.  This is great fun for me, because I’ve always been a bit of a tech/gadget geek.  The past few months have caused me to give thanks for all the brilliant and creative minds that exist in the church and are dedicated to Kingdom things.  I am also excited about the future.  Based on a conversation I had just this morning, God is opening some amazing doors for life-change through technology.  I’ll have more to share on that after the first of May. As part of the Beyond Digital Initiative at LN, I have invited leaders across the country to give feedback on the tools they are using inside and outside the church.  Today over on the LN blog I posted the Top Tech Tools for the Church infographic that represents the results of their feedback.  I thought you might enjoy it....

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