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The Book for All Generations

My friends, Michael and Lauren McAfee, are inviting people to engage with God’s Word through their new book, Not What You Think. Like my daughters, the McAfees are part of the Millennial cohort, growing up during the dramatic rise of technology. Michael and Lauren are emerging Millennial voices, challenging their peers to set aside preconceived […]

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Higher education and its role in higher calling

The underhandedness has been going on for ages. However, the world sat up and took notice when the Justice Department released details of the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted in U.S. history. More than 30 wealthy parents have been accused of using bribery and fraud to gain admission for their children to elite, big-name […]

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The Church Needs to be a Conduit for Healing in the Wake of Tragedy

My heart aches for the family and friends of the two Parkland shooting survivors who took their own lives the last week. It’s déjà vu mirroring the pattern of suicides in the wake of the Columbine high school massacre in ‘99. Broward County agencies and parents held an emergency meeting to talk about how to […]

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Bringing Clarity to 21st Century Missions

“When everything is mission, nothing is mission.” This Stephen Neill quote elicited a positive wave of wows, yesses, and amens from a ballroom full of ministry partners as I delivered our State of the Ministry address. It resonated with the room full of partners, pastors, missionaries, staff and friends because we can all see that […]

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How the Church can support those who are suffering

The evangelical world needs to refocus how we see and embrace those who are oppressed and suffering. We are bombarded daily by headlines of terror, injustice, and persecution. Instead of taking sides or entering into divisive conversations over these headlines, we should be the first to rally around the many who are under attack and […]

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Why churches and ministries need to invest in innovation

Phil Cooke is one of the most fearless pioneers of innovating mainstream ministry that I know. It’s a huge honor to have him highlight the innovation arm of OneHope featured on his blog.: One of the ideas that helps the most successful and fast-growing churches, ministries, and nonprofits is having a virtual research and development […]

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All the Good News

Reflecting on the close of 2018, this C. S. Lewis quote comes to mind, “There are far better things ahead, than anything we leave behind.” If you watch the news, follow social media, or plug into the Twitter-sphere you would think everything in our world was going to hell; that  bad news is everywhere. Even […]

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Thanksgiving thoughts 2018

  I get nostalgic around Thanksgiving. This year finds me thinking back to my childhood on the mission field in the Middle East. Those were dangerous times. We were evacuated three times amid gunfire and threats, my Dad was arrested in Iraq, and he was even kidnapped by Palestinians. We had to leave this missional […]

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10 things Church leaders need to know about Gen Z

Quiz! 1. Gen Z is currently made up of: a. Newborn to 18 year olds b. age 4 to college c. age 10-25 2. Generation Z describes themselves as: a. Hardworking, motivated, optimistic b. Busy, focused, and a little pessimistic c. Tech-addicted, unique, and hopeful 3. True or false? Gen Z is the least religious […]

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10 Biblical truths Gen Z needs right now

Sad to hear that we have lost a great hero of the faith in Eugene Peterson. We will miss him for now, but will still look to the words he left behind. As the next generation attempts to navigate a loud, chaotic, and increasingly post-truth world, where culture is both pervasive and persuasive, we’d do […]

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What it looks like to be Spirit Led

I was recently with the youngest Megachurch pastor in America and asked him what excited and concerned him. It was interesting for him to point out that the emergence of ‘celebrity pastors’ was one of his greatest concerns. He went on to explain that the tyranny of comparison can be devastating. For churches that are […]

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6 Ways to Improve Your Youth Ministry Assessment

Assessment should be more Fitbit than report card Click To Tweet There was a moment of silence as these words hovered over a room full of youth ministry leaders and experts. Thinking about assessment isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. Knowing that nearly 60% of young people who grow up in Christian churches walk […]

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