Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,
“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”
I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false. Here’s another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading…]
Imagine you are living in the 1960s. It’s August 1966, and a friend invites you to hear The Beatles – the world’s greatest band at the time – in concert live. You respond, “I can’t make it this year. I’ll go to their next concert.” Only The Beatles never play live again during the 1960s. But you couldn’t possibly know that when you declined the opportunity to hear them live.
It’s July 1980, and your favorite band, Led Zeppelin, is playing a few hours from where you live. You have a scheduling conflict that you can resolve, but you say to yourself, “I’ll just hear them another time.” September comes and Zep’s drummer dies. It then hits you – you said “no” to the last opportunity any mortal would ever have to see the original Zeppelin live.[Continue Reading…]
Someone recently asked me how I come up with the content for these Thursday emails. I have no clear method. I notice things, write them down, queue them up, and send them out each week.
Sometimes, however, I get struck hard with an idea and it moves to the top of the queue.
Like this one today.[Continue Reading…]
Throughout most of my 20’s, one of the biggest struggles I faced was over whether or not I was impacting people. While my public ministry didn’t begin until I was in my early 30’s, I was active in my local fellowship all throughout my 20’s. I did some speaking and trying my hand at writing (mainly in the form of pamphlets, since we didn’t have blogs back then). My 20’s were my training ground for what would happen later.
However, during that period of my life, I remember being consumed with knowing whether or not my words were having an impact, or falling to the ground. Eventually, I learned to drop this entire way of thinking. While it was difficult, I began leaving the results completely to the Lord, not measuring anything by the response of others, whether they were positive or nonexistent.[Continue Reading…]
This past weekend I held my first Mastermind event for authors. It was called SCRIBE.
17 gifted authors attended from all over the USA, including Canada, both male and female writers. I had no idea if it would work or not. It turned out that the event was beyond anything I could have imagined.
The way people connected so quickly was remarkable. One man observed during the first introductory dinner, “How long has everyone known each other?” My answer, “They all met one another for the first time today!” He was baffled, stating that they acted as if they’d known each other for years.[Continue Reading…]
A few months ago, someone on Facebook asked me, “How has your thinking changed and developed over the years?”
Change is a sign of growth. So I got to thinking about how my thinking has evolved in recent years. Here are seven specific areas in which it has. See if you can resonate with any of these, and feel free to add your own to the list.
* I used to think that when a person read a book or heard a message that deeply impacted them, the impact would remain. I was wrong. The drip-drip effect is required for lasting transformation.[Continue Reading…]
Many years ago I heard an old preacher give a sermon about how people really don’t change. He argued that transformation is a myth. At the time, I didn’t buy his argument. Today, I’m even more convinced that he was wrong.
The old preacher was a case in point. Decades ago, he was a different man than when I first met him. In his youth, he was utterly committed to his Lord, had a tender heart, and God used him mightily. By the time I met him, however, his spiritual arteries had hardened, he became corrupt and mean-spirited, and he turned into a full-blown Saul — jealous and malicious. [Continue Reading…]
Recently, I saw the re-run of Fast & Furious 6. I stunt-doubled in it (for Vin Diesel, of course), but that’s not the reason why I’m writing this post.
The movie is superb. It also depicts two kinds of kingdoms . . . or churches.
One is the kingdom (or church) ruled by “precision” . . . where people are treated as cogs in the system.
If they make a mistake, they are disposed of.[Continue Reading…]