Top Content for July

In case you missed it the first time around, here is my most popular content from July. Show Me Your “Before” and “After” Photos Part 1 The Church of CrossFit From Curious to Kool-Aid: How CrossFit Changed My Life Part 1 From Curious to Kool-Aid: How CrossFit Changed My Life Part 2 Show My Your […]

The Church of CrossFit

When I speak in churches I meet Christians who happen to be CrossFitters. When I’m working out I meet CrossFitters who happen to be Christians. In both instances, we talk about the difference CrossFit has made in our lives. We tell our transformation stories and show off our “before” and “after” pictures on our phones. […]

What They’re Saying About Before You Go

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I recently I released Before You Go: A Few Sneaky-Good Questions Every Minister Must Answer Before Moving to a New Church as a Kindle ebook via Amazon. I’ve been encouraged by both the number of downloads (it has been the #1 bestseller in preaching on Amazon on at least two different occasions) and the reactions from […]

One Strong Belief

Here is my response to a recent Trust30 prompt. I’m a little nervous about posting it here, but I think that’s also part of the exercise. If you don’t agree with what I’ve written, let’s talk about it in the comments. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is […]

Waiting For Greatness

I’m doing the #Trust30 writing challenge. You can read more about it here. Every day, for the next 30 days, I’ll respond to a writing prompt and post (most of) what I write here on the blog. Here is the first prompt: We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid […]

Sydney Saved The Day

Here’s a little story I’ve been sitting on until I felt like it was time to tell it. One of the hardest things in the months immediately after we shut down the church plant was going back to church. Mainly because of embarrassment. We visited several churches during that time and the one that made […]

An Exercise in Absurdity

I recently did a writing exercise recommended by Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones. I sat in Starbucks with an open newspaper and started combining random ideas and images to form the most absurd vignettes possible. Here are a few of my favorites. ***** A carpenter built a home out of cinnamon sticks and […]

A Three-Time Failure

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One of the best teachers I ever had was a three-time failure. He taught my High School chemistry class and I remember how he explained why he was such a good chemistry teacher. He said, “In college I had to take chemistry four times because I failed it three times. Each time I took the […]

A Letter To My Biggest Critic

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I wrote this letter several months ago. Feel free to use it as a guide for writing a similar one of your own. Dear Inner Critic: I have thought about writing you for sometime now. I’m not sure where we first met or how long we’ve been together, but its been long enough that I’ve […]

Why I’m Glad My Wife and I Have Different Senses of Humor

In a fit of fatigue induced delirium, I had some fun the other day on Twitter while hoping to catch a flight in the Atlanta airport. In case you missed it, here’s how it went down: 9:46 AM: Stuck in the Atlanta airport. 5 chances to get home today. 0 for 2 so far. #buddypasstravel […]