Something Fun, Something Fascinating, Something Free

Happy Friday! Here are some fun and fascinating videos (and a chance to win a free book)…



Using fear in advertising (like to sell home security systems) isn’t cool – but somehow this advertisement for label maker brand Brother is.



The Question: How Would You Define Success As A Pastor? My Answer…

A few days ago, I was asked this question online: “How would you define success as a pastor?”

Before I could respond with a positive answer, my brain first went to all the things I would NOT define as success for a pastor (like celebrity status, number of church campuses, number of attendees, book on the NY Times Bestseller list, having a conferences for other pastors so I can tell them what they should be doing and how they should be doing it, building mega-campuses, being on TV, getting invited to preach around the world, driving a Bentley, etc.).

When I was done eliminating what success is NOT, I started thinking about the essence of what it IS to me.

What I came up with isn’t exhaustive – but it is the core of who I want to be and what I want to be known for as a pastor.

Here’s my reply… Read More

There’s No Healing In The Hidden

On March 28th, Pope Francis was at St Peter’s Basilica with 61 other priests – who had all gathered to hear confessions. When being directed to the confessional reserved for the Pope to hear confessions, he made a surprise move…

Pope Francis walked over to another confessional that already had a priest in it, and began confessing his own sins.

James 5.16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

I believe there is a healing that comes through confession.

Recently, I was listening to a program that… Read More

Jesus Had No Trouble With The Exceptions

The picture above is of the flowering cereus that blooms at night. The flowers are short lived, and some of these species bloom only once a year—for a single night.

The following are quotes from Richard Rohr‘s book Falling Upward

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Our daily experience of this world is almost nothing like Plato’s world of universal and perfect forms and ideas; it is always filled with huge diversity, and variations on every theme from neutrino light inside of darkness, to male seahorses that bear their young, to the most extraordinary flowers that only open at night for no one to see.

Jesus had no trouble with the exceptions, whether they were… Read More