Our Heart’s Desire, part 1

Desire is Everything Life with Jesus begins with desire. This is why we ask each other, “What are you desiring/loving the most?” We follow the desires of our hearts. You cannot control your desires, especially toward Jesus. You can indulge your desires, curb them, not answer or act on them, deny them–but they are what they are. Only God can change the…

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Raising Up Real Men

We live in a world full of males who have prolonged their adolescence. They are neither boys nor men. They live suspended between childhood and adulthood, between growing up and being a grown-up. They won’t die for others, but live for themselves. Let’s call this kind of male Ban, a hybrid of both man and boy. This kind of male is everywhere,…

Our Mind’s Renewal, part 2

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). We Are In The Way …After tradition goes (see Our Mind’s Renewal, part 1), you have to go… One of the difficult things about Life…

Our Mind’s Renewal, part 1

“The Pharisees saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.” Mark 7:2 Tradition vs. Jesus I’m a Texas Aggie, and and Aggie like me will tell you that in itself, tradition is a good thing. It connects us with our roots. It binds us together around a common purpose. It can preserve truth for generations….

Healthy Growth, part 4: Philosophical Unity

Agreement on Priority and Methods Relationships… it’s about relationships, stupid. About 6% of the population thinks like a lead planter or pastor or preacher. Doctrine. Mission. The Glory of God. Everyone’s for them, but they’re rarely enough to recruit, inspire, motivate, and retain people as you grow leaders, teams, and the church. If you underestimate the power of relationship, then growth will…

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Healthy Growth, part 3: Respect and Friendship

The Grand Underestimation Relationships… it’s about relationships, stupid. About 6% of the population thinks like a lead planter or pastor or preacher. Motivated solely by Doctrine… Mission… The Glory of God. Everyone’s for them, but they’re rarely enough to recruit, inspire, motivate, and retain people as you grow leaders, teams, and the church. If you underestimate the power of relationship, then growth…