With U.S. Government Shut Down, Churches Step Up

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NOTE: I came across this inspiring report of churches stepping up to serve the community in light of the US government shutdown and thought I'd share about it directly from the press release. Feel free to share, link, pass along -- whatever works to inspire others to do the same. Let's get this service party started! With up to 31,000 employees being furloughed and over 190,000 small businesses affected directly by the government shutdown, New Jersey residents and businesses are far from … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Doing Bad by Doing Good with Peter Greer, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Bethany Hoang

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Just enjoyed another Catalyst 2013 Lab session in Atlanta, this one with Bethany Hoang, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Peter Greer. [See my recent interview with Peter here.] Their session was cleverly titled “Fad, Fatigue, or Fidelity? Doing Good and Living our Calling for the Long Haul.”It’s topic I’ve written a bit about as I’ve uncovered my own identity as someone called to equip Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith. [See my Interview with Brad Lomenick on The Catalyst Leade … [Read more...]

Dr Henry Cloud Opens Catlayst 2013 on Identity

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Dr. Henry Cloud kicked off the opening session of Catalyst 2013 Labs with a session inspired by his new book Boundaries for Leaders. Dr. Cloud challenged Catalyst leaders to honestly acknowledge the reality gap that exists between what we know about leadership and what we actually experience in the real world of daily leadership struggles.  As Christian leaders, we know our identity is in Christ. We believe that proposition. But how do we truly understand our identity?  All too often we mi … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good: Interview with Peter Greer of HOPE International

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Privileged to feature a recent interview with Peter Greer. Peter is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training.  He is also the author of the new book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. You can hear Peter speaking in a lab session at the Catalyst conference in Atlanta October 2-4, 2013.  Bill:  Can you tell me a little bit about HOPE International, a brief version about what you do for those w … [Read more...]

What I Think Happened with Benghazi: The Vast Conspiracy

What I think happened with Benghazi is not some vast conspiracy to undermine the US by President Obama or some CIA op to sell guns to terrorists or whatever other theories are out there. I do think there was a conspiracy. But it is a conspiracy that affects us all and began in Eden so long ago.It is the natural tendency of each of us as fallen human beings to deflect, conceal, and cover when confronted with our failures. It's what Adam and Eve did. It's what I tend to do. Every person I have … [Read more...]

Benghazi: New Revelations and Questions from the Congressional Hearing

I survived more than four hours of watching and listening to a Congressional hearing on Benghazi on C-Span3 todayTalk about living by faith!I sensed the hearing could be pivotal in our getting answers to the many questions about what happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, when Ambassador Stephens and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on our consulate.So I watched and listened. And tweeted. You can explore my live-tweeting journey here. Who testi … [Read more...]

See How to Teach Your Kids to Put Their Strengths to Work

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I believe that God has created each of us to be better at some things than others. It's a simple truth that, if embraced, changes how we teach our kids to put their strengths to work. Lately, I've taken to referring to it with our kids as discovering our superpowers.For one thing, we actually get intentional about discovering our own strengths so we can model the process for them. [ See my post 5 Resources to Now Discover Your Strengths ] For another, we get intentional about helping our … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Church Planting Rev: Interview with Dan Nichols

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Ever wonder what's it really like to be a church planting pastor? Today we hear the confessions of one of the bright lights in the Evangelical world who's doing just that.I had the privilege of teaching and mentoring Dan Nichols through his years as a high school student where he led the school's worship efforts. It's been a delight to watch him grow, first as Student Body President at Baptist Bible College and now as he follows God's call to plant a fresh church with a team in Wilkes … [Read more...]


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