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Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Life |

NFL Blitz Super Bowl Prediction

NFL Blitz Super Bowl Prediction

My son and I played the old N64 NFL Blitz yesterday to predict the winner for next week’s ‘big game’. He choose the Broncos, I took the Seahawks. Here is the breakdown of the action: 1st Quarter: Broncos 7 Seahawks 7 At the Half: Broncos 7 Seahawks 14 3rd Quarter: Broncos 14 Seahawks 14 End of Regulation: Broncos 21 Seahawks 21 1st Overtime: Broncos 28 Seahawks 28 Final: Broncos 35 Seahawks 28 The Seahawks had a few chances to win it. But two missed field goals and a second half fumble sealed their fate. What is your...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Blog, Life |

Let’s Outlaw ‘Average’

Let’s Outlaw ‘Average’

I used to think I was above average in my level of fitness.  I felt like my level of activity and intensity put me somewhere beyond the norm.  That is, until I started CrossFit.  Over the past few weeks I have felt more inferior than average.  And certainly not above.  Getting regularly out-repped (is that a word?) by women and a couple somewhere near 60 will do that to you. Above average?  Not so much. What I’ve come to discover is that “average” is an extremely relative point of comparison that ignores a whole host of variables ultimately, I think, to keep us comfortable.  As soon as we start looking average or below, we add qualifiers that help us feel better about how we’re doing. Average…for someone my age. Average…when you take into account my family history. Average…considering my height/weight/genetic profile/metabolism…whatever you choose. Or we ignore other, perhaps more beneficial benchmarks because they would expose the need for change in us.  And who needs that? I believe this is...

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Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Life | 2 comments

Just Say ‘You’re Welcome’

Just Say ‘You’re Welcome’

This week was our quarterly Leadership Team Meeting at Leadership Network in Dallas.  These gatherings are a great time for our team to come together from across the country to connect, share ideas, and think strategically about our future.  This was my first opportunity to be involved in much of the design and facilitation of this 3-day event in my new role as Director of Facilitation.  I enjoyed the opportunity and look forward to improving on what we did this month. One of the conversations I was a part of centered around the ‘customer experience’.  We shared about our experience as customers and the things that have changed over the last several years.  I think we all agreed that customer service in general hasn’t improved over the past decade.  If anything, its declined. We got onto the topic of authenticity in serving others.  One of our team members mentioned Chick-fil-a, and how they train their team members to respond with ‘my pleasure’.  It is a refreshing response…when uttered out...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Small Group Resources |

Top 10 Articles of 2013

Top 10 Articles of 2013

With 2013 officially in the books, we’re counting down the top 10 articles of the year. I’m happy that two focus on healthy leadership: “The Antidote to Burnout” and “Silence and Solitude.” It seems many of you are looking to increase the health of your spiritual leadership, and that’s a great thing. Other popular articles focus on the nitty gritty of leading a group like “Shake It Up!” and “Build Real Friendships in Your Group.” Check out the list below and let us know your favorite articles of the year. Plus, don’t miss our top three articles from previous years at the end of the article. These articles are consistently popular year after year! 1. The Antidote to Burnout Abiding in Christ is our true responsibility. By Carolyn Taketa 2. Shake It Up! Easy ways to energize your group meetings By Mark Ingmire 3. What Can I Expect from Small Groups? Walk into your new group with realistic expectations. By Mark Ingmire 4. Build Real Friendships in Your Group...

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