What Happens After the Cutting Room Floor?

I love movies. I could watch (and have watched) some moves over and over and over again. I know I get this form my Dad—he’s a movie buff and I have fond memories of sitting in the middle of the living room floor with him while we watched together. The final version of the movie, called the final cut, is …

The Key to Engaging Messages: Purposeful Subtraction

I’ve always been fascinated with sculptors. These artists take a block of raw material and remove it in such a way that it becomes a masterpiece remembered for ages. Think about it. David was a block of marble before Michelangelo removed most of it. The masterpiece wasn’t an art of complication, but an art of simplification. The beauty wasn’t in …

A Great Leadership Lesson from a Marine Named Fitz (and the Reason that I Blog)

Fitz. Fitz is a great guy I grew to love while I was serving as Youth Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Prescott, Arkansas. He is a straight-talking, no-nonsense guy who loves to serve God. During the time God gave me in Prescott, I loved that I never had to wonder about where I stood with Fitz – I always knew because …

Focusing on Here, Not There

There is the place we’d rather be. There is where the money is at. There is where you can prove yourself. There is where the grass is greener. Much greener. Have you ever realized that we are always wanting to go there? We’re always preparing for moving from here to there. The next promotion. The next pay raise. The next …

“Is It Necessary?” – A Truly Unhelpful Question

If this question is ever asked, the answer is usually no. When we ask “Is it necessary?”, we are asking if something is absolutely required for survival. Is food necessary? Yes, but not three meals a day. Is water necessary? Yes, but humans can survive for days without it. Is oxygen necessary? Yes, but we can hold our breath for a …

If You Have Any Scientific Creditability, You’ll Reject Every Meteorologist

Yep, I said it. If you want to take science seriously, you must unilaterally reject all meteorologists. Those charlatans. They think the sun sets. Don’t they know that the sun doesn’t actually set. The earth spins on its axis and it’s the rotation that makes the sun appear to set. What? They know that? It’s just an expression? Oh, gotcha. …

Your Church Should Have Air Conditioning and Free WiFi

On Monday, I wrote a neat little story on why toothpaste is cool, minty, and makes your mouth tingle. While I really think you should give it a quick read, the basic idea is this: toothpaste doesn’t need to tingle to work – it was an add-on by an advertiser (not a dental professional) that became so popular that even …

Why Toothpaste is Cool and Minty

You’ve probably never considered the why behind the cool, minty favor of your toothpaste before. All you know is that you like it and it probably has something to do with making your teeth clean. What if I told you that tingling feeling your love after brushing your teeth has absolutely nothing to do with having clean teeth? It doesn’t. …

Apple’s New iBeacon Technology – and How Churches Could Use It

Late last week, Major League Baseball completed its installation of Apple’s iBeacon technology in the first two of twenty stadiums for use on Opening Day. If you don’t know what Apple’s iBeacon technology is, don’t worry – it’s been one of the most obscure features of iOS7. Here’s what Apple says about it in a note to developers: iBeacon, a …

“You Heard Her”: The Power of a Praying Mom

Last week, I wrote that Augustine, though raised by his Christian mother to love Jesus, was not a Christian for a part of his life – he was lost in non-Christian spiritualisms, intellectual pride, and lust. One very important person I left out of the post last week that was instrumental in Augustine’s conversion was his mom, Monica. Like many …