Meet Me at the Fire!
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Meet Me at the Fire!

Have you stopped to think about how often fire is used or mentioned in the Bible?  A flaming sword blocked the entrance to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned. (Genesis 3:24) Fire consumed the sacrificial lamb on the altar once Abraham was told to spare Isaac. (Genesis 22:13) God got Moses’ attention...

Retreat Reflections
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Retreat Reflections

Know well the condition of your flocks, And give attention to your herds, Proverbs 27:23 Pastor, do you know how your men are doing? I know your days are full. Your load is heavy, and you are weary. That seems to be the standard condition of pastors these days, but many of your men are feeling...

We Never Reach the End of the Trail: 65 Years of Discipleship (& Counting)
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We Never Reach the End of the Trail: 65 Years of Discipleship (& Counting)

It was eye-opening for me to sit with a small group of pastors at lunch this week. One commented on his rich experience with personal mentors. Men had sown into his life as a man, husband, father, and pastor. Two other pastors said they had never really had anyone invest in them in meaningful ways. ...

Mentoring – An Easy Win!
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Mentoring – An Easy Win!

Every church I know of would like to see more intergenerational engagement. Whether you call it mentoring or discipleship or something else. We know that the young man needs the old man’s wisdom, and the old man needs the young man’s strength.  How do you move folks in this direction? Celebrate someone who’s already doing...

Do You Want Strawberry Pie or Apple Pie?
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Do You Want Strawberry Pie or Apple Pie?

You may remember a scene from the 2003 film, Radio (starring Cuba Gooding Jr.) where a café waitress asks Radio, “Do you want strawberry pie or apple pie?” Radio responds, “I wan’ both!” I love the movie. I love the response. And I love pie. But I also appreciate the dilemma. Some choices just can’t...

Nolan Steps Up
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Nolan Steps Up

Part 1 of THE RIGHT NEXT STEP series. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 18 hours to change your life and your legacy forever.  That’s what Nolan found when he dared to take THE RIGHT NEXT STEP.  What if THE RIGHT NEXT STEP isn’t what you planned it would...

Holla Back!
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Holla Back!

Guys, here’s an easy tool to give men a really cool way to connect across seasons and generations in your church and community.  Get some guys together and play ‘Holla Back’. It could be a few or a whole room full. Here’s how it works…  Pick out a guy and give him a ‘Holla Back’...

Are You That Guy?
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Are You That Guy?

I need some wise men in my life. So do you. We can’t have too much wisdom.   Knowledge is valuable. Facts and data are incredibly helpful. But what do you do with what you know? How do you appraise, assess, and act on the information at hand? That takes wisdom.  Wisdom goes beyond facts.   Wisdom knows how to respond.  ...

“Touch Some Grass” and Boost Mental Health: Resources for The Languishing Pastor
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“Touch Some Grass” and Boost Mental Health: Resources for The Languishing Pastor

The COVID numbers are receding, but the challenges are not. There are still stresses on many fronts, and numerous clouds hang over whatever recovery will look like as it evolves. Many questions remain.  Stress, anxiety, and uncertainty co-mingled with changing norms, lost opportunities, or extreme overwork creates the ideal environment for discouragement, despair, and depression.  I’ve talked with a number...

19 States and Counting!
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19 States and Counting!

California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Folks from 19 states have ordered Let’s Build a Manger!® kits so far this year! We’re excited that many Children and Family Ministry folks are purchasing cases of kits to give to their families....