Noah: Has Anyone Changed Their Mind About the Movie?


Remember the movie “Noah?” When it came out 16 months ago, I wrote a blog post about the fact that even though it wasn’t the Biblical story, Christians should see it. After all, hundreds of thousands of others would see it, and why not invite a non-believer to the movie, and then take them out for coffee and share the real story? I’d been on the set and met the filmmakers, then wrote the post.  But more than 1,000 responses later (on the blog and my social media sites), I realized

How To Deal With Online Church Trolls


I’ve consulted with hundreds of churches over the years, and sadly, there’s one common enemy some of the most effective churches in America share – online trolls.  In these cases, at least one disgruntled ex-church member has decided to launch a Facebook page, Twitter feed, and in some cases a blog with the express purpose of criticizing the church. There are many reasons: some were offended by the pastor, others don’t like the church’s teaching, a few feel they were taken advantage of, and still others are convinced they’ve uncovered secret

The Secrets of Confronting Without Offending


At some point, all leaders will be required to confront someone on their team. It may be about performance, personal behavior, mismanagement, or a host of other possibilities, but confrontation is critical – and inevitable – in all organizations. However, as Deborah Smith Pegues points out in her excellent book “Confronting Without Offending,” the key is to use confrontation to make better employees, not drive them away. Here’s a few of her tips for making that happen:

When To Give Up On Your Ideas or Projects


Yesterday I wrote about resilience, and how important it can be to not give up on your ideas, your projects, and your dreams – even in the face of opposition. I used my friend Producer Ken Wales as an example of someone who pitched a movie idea for years and years and eventually made it happen. But the truth is, there are situations when it’s actually better to let go of an idea and move on – even if you’ve spent years developing and writing it. The problem is –

Have We Started Demanding Christian Leaders Sign a Loyalty Oath?

Businessman taking oath.

For hundreds of years as missionaries took the gospel to the ends of the earth, depending on the culture they encountered, the Christian community allowed them enormous latitude into how they chose to present the message. For instance, when a missionary worked in a culture steeped in polygamy, he didn’t start by teaching what the Bible said about “one husband and one wife.” He knew the key to changing embedded cultural behavior wasn’t immediate confrontation; it was the sometimes long process of

Seth Godin’s Advice on Nit-Pickers: Pastors and Leaders Need to Read This


My friend Seth Godin wasn’t writing this for pastors, but when I read it, I realized pastors were exactly the right audience for this piece. Read it through and let me know if you agree. And perhaps more important – if you’ve ever experienced one or more of these types of folks in your church or ministry:

How To Turn The Tables On Your Critics


If you’re a leader in politics, ministry, business, or in the media here’s something important you need to know: In today’s digital culture, you can’t hide anymore. In the old days, politicians could hide a mistress, TV evangelists could hide their jets or mansions, and anyone could hide a DUI conviction, an old arrest, and more. But today, the river of information that flows into Google is just too vast. That’s why I strongly recommend that if you’re in the public eye, you need to

When (If Ever) Is It OK To Criticize Other Christians?


I’m not sure if this puts my salvation in doubt, but here’s a link that’s absolutely must see.  It’s a compilation someone posted on the “5 Worst Christian Videos on the Internet.”  Now these are truly award worthy. I’ve seen some terrible things – and you could probably add a few more – but these are really bad. So while we hate to criticize other believers, the question becomes –

Name Calling: Why Do Christians Do It?


We’ve seen it over the years – discussions and disagreements in the Christian community that start out well, but then slide into name calling. I’ve seen it over the “worship wars,” creation versus intelligent design arguments, the emergent church, and more. But even after all that, I have to admit to being a bit shocked at the level of venom the discussion of