“Change the World”

As I wrote here and here, Mike Slaughter (chief dreamer and lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church) was the guest speaker at the Bishop’s Clergy Retreat in Lancaster, PA, a couple of weeks ago. Mike’s topic was the same as his recent book, Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus. I enjoyed reading … Read more

Psalm 119

I’ve read the Psalms more than any other book in the Bible (at least, more consistently). I love the Psalms. And I’ve been enjoying reading the Psalms in the newest translation, the Common English Bible. This morning, I read Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible at 176 verses. The psalm was written in … Read more

Family Time at the Bishop’s Retreat

One of the nice things about going to the Bishop’s Retreat each January is that it’s an opportunity to go as a family. This was the fourth retreat that Joleen and I have attended. Amazingly, this was also 4.5 year-old Ethan’s fourth retreat and almost-3 year-old Sarah’s third retreat! The retreat begins on Monday and … Read more

Bishop’s Retreat: Mike Slaughter on Growing a Missional Movement

As I wrote last night, we are the Bishop’s Retreat in Lancaster, PA. Mike Slaughter has been our guest speaker in three sessions (last night, this morning, and this evening). I’ll do more in depth reflection later, but in the meantime, a few thoughts. This morning, Mike talked about a strategy for growing a missional … Read more

Bishop’s Retreat: Mike Slaughter on the Great Requirement

We are at the Bishop’s Clergy Retreat in Lancaster, PA. This year’s speaker is pastor of Ginghamsburg Church and author, Rev. Mike Slaughter. I’ve been looking forward to this week ever since we learned at last year’s retreat that Mike would be with us for this retreat. I’ve long been impacted by Mike. In fact, … Read more

Isaiah, the Trash-Talking Prophet

Whenever I read through Isaiah, I always find his trash talk about idols somewhat humorous. Here’s a sampling of Isaiah’s attitude about idols … So to whom will you equate God; to what likeness will you compare him? An idol? A craftsman pours it, a metalworker covers it with gold, and fashions silver chains. The … Read more

7 Keywords for 2012

As we began the new year, I started thinking about some keywords for the year. Here are some keywords that I hope will shape (and describe!) me this year … Passionate Hungry Disciplined Unsatisfied Teachable Obedient Tenacious Interestingly, these keywords are also forming the basis of the first sermon series of the new year at … Read more

“If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat”

A number of years ago, I read If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg. Ortberg is one of my favorite writers (and preachers), and his book titles are the best (e.g., Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them and When the Game Is … Read more

“Resonate”: Bringing it All Together

This is the final post in a series of posts on Resonate by Nancy Duarte. Previous posts include … Communicate for Change What I Like About the Book The Presentation Form Stories Transform Lives The Big Idea S.T.A.R. Moments StoryMapping Revisited Well, obviously, I love the book. I knew it was going to be a … Read more