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Sacred Bundles and Cows
Don’t
make today’s innovations into tomorrow’s sacred cows.  — Jeanie Daniel
Duck The
Change Monster: The Human Forces That Fuel or Foil Corporate Transformation and
Change (New York: Crown
Business, 2001), 263.* My Pastor Parish Relations Committee and I r...
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Prayer for this National Day of Prayer
This is the prayer I will pray at Indian Trail's National Day of Prayer service held at my church, Indian Trail UMC. National Day of Prayer:   Let us pray, creator God, you
imbedded into humanity in your image and it is because that divine spark that
each o...
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Power of Listening
We have forgotten James 1:19; "Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to grow angry." (CEB) The stance of the United Methodist Church on homosexuality has been a hot topic for a very long time...o...
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My Coach K Memory
I spent three glorious years on the campus of Duke while attending Duke Divinity School.  Growing up with no real ACC allegiance, I only really need the acceptance letter to become a Duke fan.  For the next three years I attended as many Duke basketball gam...
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Winning against Cancer: Reflections on Death and Stuart Scott
I remember in college being excited about watching Monday morning's Sports Center.  Stewart Scott was usually on as one of the top broadcasters and I loved the catch phrases he would use.  "Boo-yah!" "Cool as the other side of the pillow."   Rich Eisen does...
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Lottery & Money
"When I win the lottery, I'm going to build that new sanctuary we have always talked about."  "When I win it big, we will finally get that new industrial kitchen."  "When my ticket is called, this church will be set for life!" Ever hear that phrase?  I have...
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As Fast As the Last Person
The work of
adaptive change requires an open heart to respect and appreciate the pains of
change that you are asking people to sustain. - Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky
 (“Leading with an Open Heart,” Leader to Leader, Fall 2002, 33.) I have attempted t...
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Change and a Better Me
People will change only if they believe that a new insight,
a new idea, or a new form helps them become more of who they are.   - Margaret
J. Wheatley (Leadership and the New Science , 2nd edition (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 1999), 148.)  This quote co...
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Knowing Everyone
The church I pastor has seen some significant growth in our congregation.  Over the last two years we have grown by 19% with membership and 20% in worship attendance.  Now, since we are a small church (currently averaging around 95 in worship) we wouldn't m...
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A.D. & 50 Shades
While watching the Super Bowl this past Sunday NBC ran this promo for their upcoming series A.D. The song being played is a version of Phil Collin's "Something in the Air Tonight".  As I tried to figure out the song and place why it was chosen for this prom...
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Gen X = The Forgotten Generation
Is it just me or have we, as the church, forgotten about Generation X?  So much attention is given to the Baby Boomers because of their narcissistic view of what it means to be church (a generalization but based on truth).  A ton of attention is turned to M...
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Anti-feeding Laws
In Ft. Lauderdale there is a new law.  According to a WCNC report found here , "According to the Sun-Sentinel, the new rules dictate that feeding sites "cannot be within 500 feet of each other, that only one is allowed in any given city block and that any s...
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