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Your First 100 Customers: Ideas for Lead Generation and Closing

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A group of 50 people collaborated during MinneBar around how to get sales rolling in our start ups. We generated two separate lists to reference when an afternoon becomes open. Make sure to come back to this for reference in the future. If you have more ideas make sure to leave it in the comments and I’ll update the lists.

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Distance to Disruption

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We wrote the first lines of Fresh Vine full of audacious dreams. Creating meaningful, intuitive, and powerful software. A tool designed to help communities decentralize their leadership and empower volunteers. This would activate resources towards their mission they had never been able to use before. Leaders loved our dream, our goal, and our approach.

That is not what happened.

We’ve had to become far more subtle in our disruptive approach.

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Heartbleed – Another Reason your Startup Needs a Tech Founder

heartbleedThis week presented the web with one of the largest security breaches to date. A bug in software that secures the connections between our services and our users exposed sensitive data. Heartbleed and OpenSSL were written about extensively this week. Let us focus on the your startup. You must have a technical founder.

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Preparing for Paris – Spiritually comparing Minneapolis to Paris

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We’ve been preparing for our upcoming move to Paris with Christian Associates. A part of this we thought it would be interesting to compare Minneapolis (where we currently live) to Paris (where we’ll be moving to).

Over the last week we’ve been preparing some materials to help us share about our upcoming move to Paris to start a church with Christian Associates. A key part of any sharing about your ministry is to communicate the need that you will play a part in filling. After brain storming a bit we thought it would be interesting to pretend that Minneapolis were Paris, well at least spiritually speaking.

Read the rest of the post over at our ministry site.

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What Would I Say?

There is a website that will dig through your archive of Facebook Status updates and generate new potential status updates you could post by mashing together parts of old posts. There were some pretty good ones that were actually pretty accurate (though most were really weird). Below are a few of the ones I found funny. You can get your own by going to their site – what-would-i-say.com
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Your Church can’t become Missional

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Missional is not another word for outreach, it is not a program you add, and it is not something you choose people to do. It is the ethos of a community.

A driving force of a missional church is the belief that God has gone before them, is present, active, and inviting the church into what He is already doing. God doesn’t follow us. Instead our attentiveness leads us into what He is doing and prepares us to be present in what He is doing the lives of others.

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The 3 Biggest Challenges to Evangelicalism

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A lot of very interesting things are happening right now in the evangelical movement in the western world. As far as I am able to tell, this movement has enjoyed a level of prominence over the last several decades as the growing voice of the non-Catholic church in the eyes of the media and public. Watching the unfolding drama at my alma mater – Bethel Seminary – has been revealing and insightful. The gap between the present and the future seems larger to me now than ever before. These three issues I believe will prove the hardest points during this period.

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Very astute observations about how we can manipulate the Bible by asking questions that are assumed today, that the authors of the text weren’t addressing. This is part of the reason why many fundamentalists assume Evolution to be untrue, and why they mis-understand the beginning and end of time (in my opinion – obviously since this is my blog).

As always, if you are unfamiliar with N.T. Wright I would highly suggest you familiarize yourself. He is a fantastic biblical scholar and is one of the best of our age.

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When the Bible Changed for Me

When the Bible changed for Me

Over the past several years there was a subtle shift that occurred in how I see Scripture and the bible. It was so subtle that I only noticed it through conversations with family and friends. I think that I now have a bit of an understanding of what two key things changed for me. The result has been a more humble approach to handling the bible, a more accepting posture towards differing opinions, and more compassion with people who are also wrestling with God. So what two ideas changed the way I read scripture? [Read more...]

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In Solidarity with Us

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It’s almost incomprehensible that the cosmic God of all things could allow evil to be inflicted upon others. As bombs explode, buildings crumble, seas rush in, or bullets tear through streets we ask questions of a God who seems disinterested and distant. We’ve been told that we’re exceptional in Gods eyes and have taken this to mean that evil will pass us over, but we know it does not.

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