We must Compel

Much of what we attempt to do as ministers can be boiled down into the word ‘Compel’. To compel people to love, serve, embrace, and to act. Often ministry initiatives struggle to gain momentum because we fail to compel people to move. Bringing tech to church is no different. Without a unity, clarity, and driving passion for our…

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Dissecting my Construction

People thrive within the boundaries they construct to understand the chaos and confusion that is the life around them. As Christians we are no different, but with the thrust to interpret divine reality our constructed realities easily become self-serving, vicious, and abusive. One of our most critical jobs is to dissect how and why we’ve constructed our world with the hope that…

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Faithfulness is Everything…ness

In a visual world it is second nature to count, collect, and compare what is seen. It seems natural to desire more and from a young age we do. We believe that 72 crayons are better than 12, even if we only use 6. We compare important things too: ministries, callings, follower, and bank accounts. Yet…

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Why I Don’t Care about your Calling

There’s excitement as people discover, discern, and accept their life calling. Yet if life were a single day this would equate to little more than putting on a single sock. You have not yet reached the door, and have the majority of the real work ahead. With this perspective we can accept our calling as a critical step…

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Trying Something New

Over the next two weeks my goal is to write shorter insightful posts. Life has again become more full than I would like and this has been one of the first pieces to fall behind. The aim is to have less than 100 words a day. Here’s to it!

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Honest Realizations: Being Meaningful to Someone

The ministry/missionary world is immersed and exists within a single verse from the Apostle Paul – 1 Corinthians 9:20-23 (full passage below). It’s the passage where he talks about becoming all things to all people so that he might save some of them. This weekend that passage was weighing on me as I dreamt of…

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Communicate to Maximize your Mentorship

The best thing you can do for your mentorship time is to communicate well. There are three key ways that this communication takes place that will help you to maximize your time together. Set the Agenda beforehand As entrepreneurs we have a reputation for our ability to work on the fly. Do not do this…

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Finding Mentors Worth your Time

Not all mentors are created equal. As you move forward you’ll find a lot of people with opinions for how you should be using your time and focus. All opinions are not created equal. They want you to succeed, but this doesn’t transform them into good ideas. Those worth listening to are often extremely busy…

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The Differences Great Mentors Make

Since you’re reading about mentors it tells me that – at a minimum – you believe it is valuable. I hope that these encouragements will galvanize your passion for life long mentorship. These are the three reasons why I pursue and value mentorship. Avoiding Pitfalls Your mentors live outside the noise and chaos of your…

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Mentorship will Change your Life

With my first startup back in High School I lucked out by having people enter into my life to mentor me and provide guidance. As I got older, and started my current endeavor I noticed that it required a lot more energy and intentionality on my part to connect with mentors. I’ve had dozens of…

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Excellent List App to Get Things Done

One of the biggest challenges in ministry is keeping track of everything that is on our plates as ministers. Very few of us are fortunate enough to be able to focus exclusively on preaching, or pastoral care. Most of us have to wear dozens of different hats a week. To-Do applications are the perfect solution…

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Illustrated Literary Quotes

These amazing literary quotes are really inspiring to me today. The artist, Even Robertson, has several more prints in his collection for your perusal (and purchase if you’re interested, only $24). I was particularly touched by the Jane Austin quote below. For me it taps into the essence of life, and – for me – the response…

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How to Curate your Digital World – Part 2

Continuing where we left off last time we look at the final two areas of focus for curating your digital world. If you missed Part 1 you should start there. Twitter Similar to Facebook, you can setup and manage lists on Twitter. You can view theses lists just like your normal Twitter feed, but restrict…

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How to Curate your Digital World

We are a technology-obsessed society that is ever connected and present online. Short of choosing to live off the grid, this web of interconnected people and devices is a part of our day-to-day life. Instead of un-plugging I would suggest that we all need to become curators of our digital lives. Below are some quick…

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Inside Manos – a Pottery Studio

I have fond memories of loosing myself at a potter’s wheel and this beautiful video takes me right back there. There is something so primal and wonderful about working the spinning clay with your fingers as it slowly dries out. Realizing that the clay needs you to be the one to transform it into something beautiful,…

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Changes Coming to the Blog

It has been a while since I’ve done much with this blog of mine, and there are changes a coming. Every since finishing up my Masters of Divinity from seminary I knew that I was going to use this site to help further discussion on things church, tech, and art. So over the next week…

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Finishing Seminary

I have finally finished my time at Bethel Seminary and walked out of my last class yesterday morning. This Saturday I will be walking across the stage and will receive my hood. It is a surreal experience to be here looking back on the last four years leading up to my Masters of Divinity. There…

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Theological Musings of the Moment

Seminary is almost done! It has been an extremely enriching time for me as few are granted the opportunity to set much of life aside to look into theology, history, missiology, and the scriptures for three years. There has been a lot that I have learned about: contextual theology, evolutionary theology, preaching, contextual theology/indigenous churches, and much more.…

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Becoming a Bi-Vocational Pastor

The natural question one is asked as they graduate from Seminary is: What is next for you/Where is God calling you? With only 82 days between me and my Masters of Divinity this question is looming in the bushes (or shrubbery if you will). For my wife and I we will be bi-vocational pastors. Choosing Bi-Vocational This does…

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