Why a Thick Gospel is so Important

We’ve all done it. Programmatically it makes perfect sense. We take something as complex as the Gospel and simplify it in an attempt to discover the “formula”—the silver bullet—for effective ministry. Because if we can do that, we can easily follow and replicate the pattern to successfully create Christ followers anywhere. We don’t have bad […]

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Does God speak to Children?

I heard the most awesome story recently. You can read it in detail here from my friends Peter Haas and Carolyn Haas. At age 10, their daughter prayed, “God would you reveal yourself to me and speak to me about our church’s facilities?” God gave her a specific vision of a building that Substance Church, Minnesota […]

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It’s in the little things

Happy International Youth Day! In November I attended a Christian higher education summit in Hong Kong. It was a dynamic meeting with powerful people discussing important and lofty issues at a very high level. During a coffee break, in a circle of 2 or 3 people, I casually mentioned how some of the brightest, passionate and […]

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Leader Chat: Tim Elmore | Part 1

I sat down to interview Dr. Tim Elmore, founder of Growing Leaders. We’ve been friends for a long time and I appreciate his experience as a leading authority on how to understand the next generation. In this episode, we talk candidly about how to grow effective leaders in our current reality. Tim shares some incredible strategies for […]

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A Biblical View of our Escalating Culture of Violence

Violence is familiar to me, having grown up in Beirut, Lebanon and spent most of my life traveling to the neediest places on earth. Many times I have experienced the scourge of deadly warfare. Yet recent shootings in Michigan, Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas and recent terror attack in my adopted country of France hit closer to home. While […]

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How to THRIVE not just SURVIVE in increasing complexity

Technology, pluralism, a global economy, and increasing heterogeneity are just a few factors making our world more complex. And since change is inevitable, being able to thrive in this chaos is critical. Tom Peters, author of Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution, proposes that organizations who want to survive in rapidly changing times […]

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