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Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Life | 2 comments

Take a Wider View of Things

Take a Wider View of Things

This morning I was working in my office, sifting through emails and papers from the day before, trying to get a handle on the hours ahead.  As it often happens during our roller coaster temperatures through the late Texas ‘winters’, my nose was off and running.  With a narrow field of vision before me (my laptop screen and the immediate periphery) I assessed that a trip to the laundry room was needed to fetch a fresh box of tissues.  Upon returning to the office, I looked up and realized that, not three feet from where I was sitting before, sat a full box of Kleenex.  Just by taking on a new perspective, by widening my view of things, I immediately saw that the solution to my problem had been within arms length all along. I began to think about my work with teams and how important perspective is.  Too often we take a narrow view of our situations and circumstances (the Heath brothers refer to it as ‘narrow framing’)...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Social Media InnovationLab for Churches

Social Media InnovationLab for Churches

Part of my work with Leadership Network over the past year has centered on our Beyond Digital Initiative, a collection of events designed at helping churches take strategic leaps forward as they seek to leverage technology effectively to transform lives.  One of the upcoming events I am directing is a Social Media InnovationLab for churches.  Our first group will launch May 1-2 in Dallas.  You can check out the details through my latest post on the Leadership Network blog: In addition, I will be directing the Beyond Digital Leadership Community, a two-year collaborative experience for innovative churches and non-profit ministries that are committed to developing and utilizing technology to Kingdom impact.  At the end of the week I’ll have more to share on the fall launch of this initial group. Another piece that I have been engaged in but do not directly oversee is our Code for the Kingdom Hackathon Series (#C4TK).  Last year we facilitated events in San Francisco and Austin through a variety of church and tech...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog, Life, Small Group Resources |

When Faith Intersects with Our Careers

When Faith Intersects with Our Careers

A few months ago, I had the privilege of hearing J. D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, speak about making work Christian. Unfortunately when most Christians think of trying to combine their faith and their careers, they assume they must work for a Christian company, a non-profit, or—at the very least—a company with a not-so-subtle Christianese name (e.g., a coffee shop called “He Brews”). Or, if they can’t seem to find a job at the right kind of company, many assume that combining their faith and careers requires sharing their faith in very direct, even awkward, ways. But Greear set the record straight. One fact that he shared completely blew me away. Pointing to Acts, he stated that of the three great church planting centers in the ancient world (Antioch, Alexandria, and Rome), not one was founded by an apostle. Rather, the gospel was spread the furthest by ordinary business people on the coattails of commerce. Instead of specially trained missionaries telling people about Jesus,...

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Kingdom, Small Group Resources |

Eating Well to the Glory of God

Eating Well to the Glory of God

In our country, there’s a disconnect between eating well and having a body that is able to do what God calls us to do. We eat for enjoyment, for celebration, and even as a drug, but most of us don’t consider how healthy eating affects how well we’re able to fulfill our callings. Whether or not you’re overweight, this is an important topic, and we can all learn how to treat our bodies better so that we can better carry out our kingdom work. This brief video from This Is Our City explains more about why we must understand this relationship between food and calling. Consider showing it to your group and discussing the implications. For a deeper discussion, use our new Bible study Body Matters. In three sessions, your group members will discuss our value in Christ, why our bodies matter to God, and how to set healthy goals to improve our...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Blog, Life |

CrossFit Update – One Month In

CrossFit Update – One Month In

Last week marked the end of my first month as a ‘crossfitter’.  If you recall (or even care), I decided to  dive in for 3 months to see if CF could revive my waning exercise regimen.  But even more significant for me, I wanted to see if this style of workout could provide a base of fitness that I could carry much later into my life.  I want to be healthy and active as my kids get older, and would like to remain so as they begin to have kids of their own. One of the things I realized going in was that CrossFit is a very polarizing topic.  People seem to be fiercely devoted to it, or fiercely opposed to it.  I’ve read several articles and posts over the past few weeks and have talked with friends who have joined boxes.  I understand (most of) the arguments on either side, and certainly value the variety of viewpoints involved.  But I still feel that my own experience will be...

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