“Resonate”: StoryMapping Revisited

This is the seventh post (with one to go) in a series of posts I’ve been writing to engage Nancy Duarte‘s book, Resonate (see Communicate for Change, What I Like About the Book, The Presentation Form, Stories Transform Lives, The Big Idea, and S.T.A.R. Moments). A few years ago, I wrote a post on using … Read more

Developing the Discipline of Giving Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. For followers of Jesus, giving thanks is an essential discipline! A couple passages of Scripture come to mind: 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18 and Philippians 4.4-6. This is our first post in the current Common English Bible Tour, so here are the verses in the Common English Bible … Rejoice always. … Read more

Building a Church Website With WordPress

WordPress is a great option for church websites. It’s an especially good option if your church doesn’t have a web designer or the resources to hire someone to build a site. But even if you have the personnel and the resources, WordPress is still a great option! Several years ago, WordPress began as a blogging … Read more

Kindle vs. Nook on the iPad

Earlier this year, Kindle ebook sales at Amazon.com reportedly surpassed sales of both hardcovers and paperback print editions, combined. That development happened without any help from me—mainly because I have so many printed book on my reading pile! I bought my first ebook a couple months ago (the new Bible translation, Common English Bible). Besides … Read more

“Resonate”: S.T.A.R. Moments

I’m nearing the end of my series on Nancy Duarte‘s book, Resonate (see Communicate for Change, What I Like About the Book, The Presentation Form, Stories Transform Lives, and The Big Idea). One of Duarte’s chapters is on S.T.A.R. moments, which stands for Something They’ll Always Remember. The S.T.A.R. moment should be a significant, sincere, … Read more

“Resonate”: The Big Idea

I have a few posts to go in my series on Nancy Duarte‘s book, Resonate (see Communicate for Change, What I Like About the Book, The Presentation Form, and Stories Transform Lives). As one who practices One-Point Preaching (see also 5 Years of One-Point Preaching), I was especially interested in what Duarte had to say … Read more

Passengers, Crew Members, Stowaways, & Pirates

One of the books I want to read next is Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement by Will Mancini. The book is intended to be “a field manual” based on Mancini’s “vision work and missional coaching with church leaders.” Awhile back, I downloaded a free visual summary of the … Read more

“The Speed of Trust”

I am nearing the end of the one-year peer group component of the Matthew 28 Initiative. Each month, pastors whose churches are currently in the process, get together and discuss a book. The latest book was The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey (son of Stephen R. Covey, author of 7 Habits of … Read more

“Resonate”: Stories Transform Lives

After cleaning up this site from being hacked (and ramping up security), I’m ready to continue my series on Nancy Duarte‘s book, Resonate (see Communicate for Change, What I Like About the Book, and The Presentation Form). Telling stories is a vital component of Duarte’s book. Duarte writes … Stories are the most powerful delivery … Read more