Forming Your Small Groups: 7 Essential Questions

The below excerpt is from my book Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups. This revised and expanded edition shows church leaders how to make their small groups work.  In order to begin forming the boundaries of a successful small group semester, it’s always smart to start with the end in mind.  How will you know when you have completed the … Read More


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Learning to Delegate as a Renegade Pastor

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. Control is a trap that will keep you from growing. When you try to control everything, you quickly become overwhelmed and stressed out — not to mention, you rob both yourself and others of the opportunity to evolve. If you want to be … Read More


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Fulfill Your Calling with a Tender Heart and a Tough Hide: Part 2 of 2

As you pursue God’s purposes, you are going to face negativity and criticism. I guarantee it. Given this reality, developing a tough hide— that is, learning how to deal with criticism well — is key to fulfilling your purpose. Here are 4 tips to help you stay strong when negativity tries to chafe you: 1. Strengthen Your Foundation. The best … Read More


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10 Ways the Reformation Still Reverberates

Today’s guest post comes to us from Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett from FactsandTrends.net. Martin Luther’s dramatic challenge to the Catholic Church in 1517 was a watershed event that brought rapid change to the German church. It reached crescendo through the labors of Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, and a cast of thousands. The force of this Word-centric … Read More


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Lead with Unfailing Contentment

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” — Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT)


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Luther On Giving Everything to God

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” – Martin Luther, German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation November 10, 1483 – February 18, 1546


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Martin Luther: My Top Video Picks

There’s a lot of great movies and documentaries about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Here are my top picks, best enjoyed with a tub of popcorn 🙂   This Changed Everything Click here to access this video Martin Luther PBS: The Idea that Changed the World Click here to access this video Martin Luther (1953 Movie) Click here to access … Read More


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Happy Reformation Day!

On this day in history 501 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenburg Church door. This act of defiance against the Roman Catholic church officially marks the start of the Protestant Reformation. In celebration of Luther’s act, let’s look at a guest post from Will Graham for EvangelicalFocus. Let me start today by asking a question. Have … Read More


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50 Things You May Not Have Known About Luther

Today’s guest post comes to us from Timothy J. Wengert for LivingLutheran.com. As we commemorate the 501st anniversary of the Reformation, we’ll revisit Living Lutheran’s series on 50 Reformation things you may not know about Martin Luther. This list is not meant as an all-encompassing compendium of everything essential to the Reformation and its theology, but rather as a glimpse … Read More


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