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 …

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 …

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 …

Giveaway: Flappy Bird Countdown Video

If my student group is as obsessed with Flappy Bird as your group is, download this video and use it at your next event as a fun countdown before the service! [vimeo 86462184 w=500 h=281] To download this video completely for free, click here and hit the download button under the video. ___ If you think someone you know needs …

The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udS-OcNtSWo?rel=0] When I first watched this video, it was just a video. Just a really funny video. Now, as strangely as it sounds, this video has transformed to a ministry rule for me. One that I have begun applying everywhere I can. So, here it is: The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat I know what …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part Two

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience – be sure to check out part one. People like simple. Like most everything else, people tend to prefer the simplest path to where they want to go. In a hardware …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part One

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience. People like to be greeted. Something deep in the human psyche makes us long for positive human contact. The best hardware stores and churches are intentional with making people feel …

What iOS 7 Means for Your Design

With Apple seeding the fifth beta of iOS 7 to developers yesterday, I’ve been reflecting on what all the Cupertino redesigns to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch mean for the design industry as a whole. The complete redesign of Apple’s mobile OS has drawn both loud praise and loud criticism from professional designers and armchair commentators alike. The clean …

Why I Preach One Point Sermons

In many ways, the three point sermon is the sacred cow of the traditional pastor (or preacher, if you prefer). The three point sermon is lauded as the ideal balance for meeting the spiritual needs of the congregation and can only be improved upon if there is a sweet morsel of poetry attached delicately to the end. Or is it? …