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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

What Would You Do with 100 Coders and Developers?

What Would You Do with 100 Coders and Developers?

I must say that my job at Leadership Network is pretty cool.  I’ll write more about that in another post soon, but the things I get to do to resource and serve church leaders is fantastic.  One of the initiatives I am a part of is called Beyond Digital.  This initiative is a strategic move ‘forward’ to create impact-oriented conversations among churches, as well as Kingdom-minded individuals and organizations, to leverage the latest trends in technology and new media for the mission of God. One ‘arm’ of this initiatives is a series of hackathons that will be hosted in tech centers around the country, such as New York, Seattle, and Austin.  Our goal is to lower the barriers of cost and access to tech talent in order for church leaders to have an opportunity to think about and develop digital tools for Kingdom purposes.  (I told you…cool!)  The first event, hosted in partnership with Carpenter’s Lab and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, is scheduled for June 28-30 in Silicon Valley. For...

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blog, Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

Practical Discussions that Lead to Life Change

Practical Discussions that Lead to Life Change

My women’s small group finished up our study of James last week, and I’m surprised by how much each of us learned from this practical book. I’ve studied James several times with other small groups, and I’ve read it for myself countless times. Yet each time I study this book, God brings me new insights. Each of us is walking away with a specific challenge to live in ways that glorify God. My favorite part about this study is that it was based on great discussions. I created some questions to work through each meeting, and we allowed these questions to spark discussion. Our discussions always led to great insights and challenges for how we are living. They led us to see where we needed to grow and change, and they gave us specific ideas on how to make that happen. So what do you study with your group? Do you use curriculum? Do you simply ask questions like I did? Do you talk about your church’s sermon series?...

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Time for a Reboot?

Time for a Reboot?

Today marks the final day of my pre-summer 10-day cleanse.  Over the past several weeks, the effects of all the junk in some of the stuff It only took about 3 days to begin feeling the positive effects of the cleanse.  Right away the sluggishness subsided, the unhealthy cravings dissipated, and I could sense my metabolism beginning to ramp back up.  This round I didn’t experience any headaches or other ‘withdrawal’ symptoms from sugar.  It was a simple, pleasant, and quite frankly, fulfilling experience.  And while this wasn’t the goal, I was impressed to see that I lost 7 pounds over the 10-day detox! we eat, despite our best efforts to be vigilant (and some occasional willful indulgences!), had become increasingly evident.  My wife and I both commented on how we began to feel sluggish, experiencing uneven levels of energy throughout the day.  We truly looked forward to the opportunity to ‘reboot’ our systems again.  At the end of the 10 days, we were not disappointed! This cleanse routine will...

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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Small Group Resources |

Working Together as a Team

Working Together as a Team

A few nights ago in my small group, the leader asked an icebreaker question: When have you worked with a team to accomplish a goal? It was a great icebreaker because it led into a discussion about Jesus calling his disciples, but many of our group members were stumped. Even I’ll admit it took me a while to think about it. When we did come up with examples, most of our answers referred back to high school, which is a little distant for most of us. Why is it that all we could think of were examples from high school sports teams and school projects? Is it that we don’t work in teams after the age of 18? It dawned on me that as your small group works together to accomplish goals of spiritual growth, missional living, and caring for one another, it may be the first time in a long time that your members have worked on a meaningful team. In light of this truth, we need to...

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