The Problem When Christians Become Armchair Quarterbacks

Of all the damage Hurricane Harvey did to south Texas, one of the most frustrating revelations was the number of Christians who felt “called” to be armchair quarterbacks. Plenty of them surfaced writing about what Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church did wrong (in their opinion). But it’s also reminded me of all the others who feel just as “called” to address the theology, style, behavior, choices, and other aspects of numerous pastors, leaders, and

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Facing the Canon with J John

My long time friend J John is one of the most powerful, compelling, and hilarious speakers I know.  Based in the United Kingdom, he has an amazing ministry with a global reach. Recently he broadcast a one-hour television episode we did together for his “Facing the Canon” TV series.  (J John is a Canon in the Church of England, so sorry to disappoint, but I wasn’t shot out of anything.) He’s a terrific interviewer, and if you watch the program, you’ll discover just about everything I know about media, working behind the scenes with churches and ministries, and how to engage today’s culture.  We had a terrific time and I think you’ll enjoy it:

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Leaders: What You Should Know About Your Team

Whenever I consult with a church, ministry, or nonprofit, I always begin by looking closely at the team. The employees are the ones that make an organization work, so learning as much as we can about them is critical – and I’m often surprised at how little pastors and other leaders actually know about the personal side of their team. If you’re not taking the time to know your people well, you’re shortchanging your vision. Having studied teams over the years, here’s a starting list of issues leaders need to know about their teams:

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The Power of a Great Tagline

What Missionaries Can Teach Us About Marketing

While reading the book “131 Christians Everyone Should Know” by the editors of Christian History magazine, legendary missionary William Carey reminded me of the power of a creative tagline. Carey, who many consider the father of the missionary movement organized a missionary society in 1792 and launched an evangelistic meeting with the line:

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With Creativity, Quantity Comes Before Quality

The other day my wife Kathleen and I were in the car listening to the new “Beatles” channel on our satellite radio. She remarked on the number of songs the Beatles had obviously recorded that we’d never heard before, and honestly, a significant number of those songs are junk. The Beatles literally transformed rock and roll, and we’ve come to think that everything they recorded was brilliant. But the truth is – even with the greatest artists –

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