Archives for October 2012

Follow the Money, Find Your Heart

BIG Idea: Follow the money, find your heart. As a teenager, I had an addiction. A secret sin, something that consumed my thoughts and threatened to overtake my life. I was addicted to cheesy Christian music (cue “friends are friends forever” by Michael W. Smith). Back when music was still sold by the album on [Read More…]

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek

Why do Apple, Southwest Airlines, and Harley-Davidson have cult-like followings? What separates them from their competitors? They start with WHY. My first encounter with Simon Sinek was his famous TED Talk. He briefly shared his concept of the Golden Circle and how it applied to businesses today. A few weeks ago, I saw him speak [Read More…]

What Style of Fighter are You?

Yesterday in my message “How to Fight Your Spouse,” we looked at ten unhealthy ways couples like to fight. Read the list and see if any of them describe you! 1. Stonewall Jackson – this is the spouse that emotionally shuts down in a fight. The more your spouse yells, the more you become like a [Read More…]

Five for Friday

Here’s a Five for Friday: political edition. I know everyone’s a little tense with the election. Let’s feed the dog that’s barking the loudest this week: The Politics of Trust – why don’t we trust our politicians anymore? The Church & Politics = A Mess – great words from a guy (Perry Noble) who tells [Read More…]

Synchronized Ushering

The world of ushering is itself an art form: the subtlety, the unspoken solemnity, the majesty of it all. Many ignorantly focus on the type of the offering plate itself (KFC bucket vs. oversized cloth-covered dinner plate vs. two-pronged velour bag). What captivates me is the movement of the ushers themselves. Being raised in church, [Read More…]

Why “Your” Money Isn’t Your Money

Big Idea: God owns everything. I’m his money manager. In the spring of 1994, I held a small piece of paper that would forever change the way I lived. I had just started my first real job, where I was a food service technician (i.e. waiter) at an upscale retirement home. Never changed a bed [Read More…]

Why "Your" Money Isn't Your Money

Big Idea: God owns everything. I’m his money manager. In the spring of 1994, I held a small piece of paper that would forever change the way I lived. I had just started my first real job, where I was a food service technician (i.e. waiter) at an upscale retirement home. Never changed a bed [Read More…]

Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job, by Jon Acuff

Books rarely start with a tutorial on how to remove your clothes in a bathroom stall. This book does. The trick apparently, is to start with your shirt. Doing a drop test on a door hook is an absolute must. Trying to balance something on the back of the toilet? Forget about it. These words [Read More…]

Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job, by Jon Acuff

Books rarely start with a tutorial on how to remove your clothes in a bathroom stall. This book does. The trick apparently, is to start with your shirt. Doing a drop test on a door hook is an absolute must. Trying to balance something on the back of the toilet? Forget about it. These words [Read More…]

What Your Wedding Vows Were Really Like

If you missed church this weekend at Mt Vernon Church, then you missed a faux wedding for the ages! When you walked into our worship center for the services, you encountered ushers wearing tuxedo tshirts, Pachelbel’s Canon in D playing lightly over the speakers, and the stage decked out for a wedding. After choosing either [Read More…]


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