In July of 2007 I was fired from a church. This “reflections” series of posts deals with some of my core lessons from ministry over the past 20 years (last time I talked about Matt Baker). It’s the sort of thing that I hope my kids, or anyone I mentor, will learn from my mistakes… Read More

While I’ve been at Greenwood, we have changed software systems a few times. When leading through a software system change, I’ve learned a few things from mistakes and successes. I’m writing this post from the perspective of the person in charge of the system, though it will be applicable to anyone working through a software… Read More

One thing I want to get just right is our first time guest communication sequence. A first time guest communication sequence can be a series of communication that you perform manually, or automate. Many church software systems can automate a sequence like this. I prefer something like Planning Center People, which can automate things very… Read More

Taking Church Tech to the Next Level

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Tech News that Impacts the Church There are two headlines over at the Verge that I think show a shift in our culture. I think it’s one that churches should watch. The first headline has to do with the global reach of Overwatch League. The second has to do with Elizabeth Warren wants to hire… Read More

What do you do when technology hates you? This week I felt like technology in general, and computers specifically, hated me. Stuff broke down and decided not to work. Most of you have had a week like this. When it all goes wrong and things don’t work you basically have 3 options. You Can Call… Read More

I’ve been using Logos to lead small group Bible studies for a while now. Over the years I’ve compiled some “best practices” that really help me save time. Today I thought I would share some of my tips with you. Use the Desktop App to Create and Sync Notes Most of what I’m sharing has… Read More

Online Course at Church to Teach the Bible

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I’ve started teaching online recently, and I’ve been impressed with the approach that MBTS takes toward online learning. Some Strengths of Online Courses for Teaching the Bible Flexibility of Schedule Clarity Self-Paced Frequently Available Some Weaknesses of Online Courses for Teaching the Bible Can be impersonal Tendency to become abstractly focused and not practical Can… Read More

I have been using an app called Libib to keep track of my books in a personal bible study library. I recommend you use it too! Why You Should Use Libib It’s a free app. Well, unless you go over 5,000 items in your catalog its free. It has a paid tier if you need… Read More

3 Marks of a Legendary Faith

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Today I want to share a sermon that I preached a few weeks ago at my church, Greenwood Baptist Church, in Weatherford Texas. Based on the stories of Enoch and Elijah, I discuss 3 marks of a faith that inspires people even after your life is over. First, a regular daily devotion to God that… Read More