Church & Culture
Want To Make A Difference? Forget What’s Popular And Work The Fringes
When it comes to impact, the more popular something is, the less likely you are to make a difference in it.
Want To Make A Difference? Forget What’s Popular And Work The Fringes
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No one has ever made a bigger impact on the world than Jesus.

You don’t even need to be a Christian to see the obvious truth in that statement.

Because of this, I’m convinced that it’s in the DNA of Jesus’ followers to want to make a difference, too.

It’s ...

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Church Leadership
6 Important Differences Between Performance Music And Worship Music
In performance, the focus is on the musicians. In worship, the focus is on Jesus.
6 Important Differences Between Performance Music And Worship Music
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Music has always been a point of contention in the church.

Hundreds of years ago church members argued over singing in harmony instead of unison (bye-bye, Gregorian chants!), then we argued over whether-or-not to use instruments, then over what instruments are appropriate for ...

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Church & Culture
When Jesus Got Angry
In a world in which anger is overused, being slow to anger may make a stronger statement than all our yelling ever could.
When Jesus Got Angry
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Almost every time I write or speak about the gentleness of Jesus, someone is quick to remind me that Jesus also got angry.

“Jesus wasn’t always meek and mild”, they’re quick to point out. “He called the Pharisees white-washed tombs!” “He ...

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Church Leadership
The #1 Productivity Killer In Your Life – And Why It Will Always Win
Instead of worrying that the urgency of life will ruin our productivity, we need to be careful not to let the urgency of productivity ruin our life.
The #1 Productivity Killer In Your Life – And Why It Will Always Win
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There’s been a lot written about productivity lately.

And I’m grateful for it.

Whenever I can, I want to minimize distractions, get right to the task at hand and arrive at the end of the day feeling like I did what I set out to do – maybe even more. If an efficiency ...

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Christian Unity
11 Significant Differences Between 1 Church Of 1,000 And 10 Churches Of 100
The church has always been blessed by our differences.
11 Significant Differences Between 1 Church Of 1,000 And 10 Churches Of 100
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Churches of all sizes have something to offer.

I know, I say that a lot.

I’ve even been told I need to be less accommodating to big churches. But it’s not an accommodation, it’s a reality.

Bigger churches do great things that small churches can’t do, and ...

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Christian Unity
We Do Small Church A Lot, Why Aren’t We Doing It Better?
What would happen to small churches if we changed the way we talk about them?
We Do Small Church A Lot, Why Aren’t We Doing It Better?
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By far, the most prevalent expression of the church throughout history is the small congregation.

More people have worshipped Jesus, been discipled, and reached out to others through the ministry of small churches than through any other tradition, method, format or denomination. ...

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Church Leadership
The Most Successful Pastor You’ve Never Heard Of
No matter what you think success in ministry looks like, this pastor is the real deal.
The Most Successful Pastor You’ve Never Heard Of
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There are some pastors whose names are known by thousands, even millions of people.

They have the type of ministry in which their successes are obvious.

But that’s not the case with most pastors.

The typical pastor does ministry without much notice or name recognition.

Today ...

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