• Should Christians surrender the cultural war?

    Should Christians surrender the cultural war?

    God has entrusted us with the most outstanding nation in the history of the world. The United States' freedom, technology and wealth have enabled the dissemination of the gospel throughout the world. …
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  • Ready enough

    Ready enough

    I heard a line in a movie recently and I cannot get it out of my head. At just nine words long, it might be one of the most efficient leadership lessons I have ever heard. And, the film on the whole …
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  • Don’t fall for every wise word you hear

    Don’t fall for every wise word you hear

    Leadership Principle #51: Don't idolize the human wisdom you read, hear, or experience. Be enough of a leader to question it or only apply a piece of it."I am saying this so that no one will deceive …
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  • The Vision Statements of 13 Great Leaders in the Bible

    The Vision Statements of 13 Great Leaders in the Bible

    In a previous post, I introduced the powerful concept call the Future Perfect Paradigm. I am continuing this series by looking at the vision statements or the future perfect of 13 biblical leaders. …
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  • My Lard, isn’t God good?

    My Lard, isn’t God good?

    I was born in Pennsylvania, in a community of 8,000 just three miles east of the chocolate town of Hershey. My dad worked 40 years and one month making Hershey candy. Hershey was considered a good …
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  • 6 techniques to avoid BS (broad speculation) in your staff meetings

    6 techniques to avoid BS (broad speculation) in your staff meetings

    You don't have to sit through too many church staff meetings to realize that maybe—just maybe—nothing will get done. Fellowship, bonding, team building, and even Lectio divina have their …
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  • Why Passion Matters

    Why Passion Matters

    God has wired you uniquely and specially—your DNA and what makes you tick is different from mine and those around you. God has a personal plan for your life (Jer 29:11). Often, when God wants …
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  • What worship style attracts Millennials?

    What worship style attracts Millennials?

    Do Millennials really care about what type of worship style is used in their church? My son, Jess Rainer, and I recently spoke in Texas on the topic of the Millennials, America's largest generation …
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  • The Solomon Seduction Book Review

    The Solomon Seduction Book Review

    I recently finished reading The Solomon Seduction: What You Can Learn from the Wisest Fool in the Bible by Mark Atteberry. I cannot think of a better book to give every man in your life. This is a …
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  • If I could do my ministry over again

    If I could do my ministry over again

    In late February I addressed more than 60 megachurch pastors at a meeting in San Diego. The organizers asked me to look back over my 40-year ministry at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, …
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  • Trading problems

    Trading problems

    "Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests." (Proverbs 14:4, NIV) Do you regularly practice the leadership habit of intentionally and …
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  • Book Review: Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants

    Book Review: Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants

    Shane Stanford and R. Brad Martin have written a helpful book in Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants. Stanford and Martin use the story of David and Goliath (one of my favorites) to talk about the …
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  • 5 reasons why people show up late to your church

    5 reasons why people show up late to your church

    In the old days we used to say that parking was difficult and that's why folks didn't come to church on time. That may have been naive! There are lots of reasons people choose to be late, and—…
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  • Beyond Best Sellers

    Beyond Best Sellers

    When I interviewed Steve Willis four years ago about filming of the final episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, I had no idea the visit would lead to a book. Until he later reminded me of it, I …
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  • What's Your Future Perfect Paradigm? Exploring a Powerful Ministry Tool

    What's Your Future Perfect Paradigm? Exploring a Powerful Ministry Tool

    What if there was a simple way of thinking about your day today, that could radically transform it? The term "future perfect paradigm" originates from the work of Stanley Davis in the eighties. He …
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  • Five steps to get beyond sacred cows in church

    Five steps to get beyond sacred cows in church

    Many years ago I served as the pastor of a church where I avidly supported door-to-door outreach. As you might imagine, I struggled with leading people to be involved in the ministry. We kept decent …
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  • Leading Yourself

    Leading Yourself

    In Jenni Catron's book Clout, she talked about leading yourself. I did some reflection on the subject and wrote a piece about how to go about leading yourself. This is for all church leaders. Know …
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  • Build leaders who build leaders

    Build leaders who build leaders

    Leadership Principle #50: Before hiring a star no one knows, look for people already on board who have a reputation for helping others succeed. "Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility …
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  • Maybe your church needs a worship design specialist?

    Maybe your church needs a worship design specialist?

    Kim Miller is one of those volunteers churches love. "My family landed at Ginghamsburg Church (in Ohio) nearly 20 years ago to 'hide and heal' following a rough patch in another ministry setting," …
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  • Seven reasons why prayer may not be answered

    Seven reasons why prayer may not be answered

    I get a little impatient with super-spiritual saints who leave the impression that they have a deeper grasp of prayer than most. Such folks teach that if other believers just understood God's Word …
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