Grateful or Entitled?


I think the absolute opposite of thanksgiving is entitlement. Any sentence that begins with “I deserve…” works against the cultivation of a grateful heart. The more I say those words, the more entitled I become. I’ve learned to hide it on the outside, but on the inside I’m like a 15 year-old teenage girl rolling [...]

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What’s Missing in So Much of Our Christian Work?

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Have you heard the story of the Valley of Dry Bones, as recorded by Ezekiel in chapter 37 of his mind-bending series of prophetic visions? I’ll pick it up at verse 4. 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is [...]

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Do Anything Good


Do anything. Do anything today. Do anything good today. Do anything good today that will make you feel a little uncomfortable. Do anything good today that will force you to act like fear isn’t involved (even though it is). Do anything good today that might surprise the recipient of your good. Do anything good today [...]

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Crumb Maker


This morning, I read the original short-story of Hansel and Gretel. I think artists and leaders would do well to read these fables, for they possess more beauty and tragedy than we were able to digest when we read them as children. I need to read and re-read more of them. In the story of [...]

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Three Leadership Tasks to Build Strong Church Volunteers


When I received this anonymous letter from a church volunteer, I started thinking about how best to care for him. What could his church have done to help prevent this from happening? My answer comes in an entirely pragmatic approach, detailed in this post. If you’re story-driven, then you’re gonna struggle to get through this [...]

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