Why we should care who the Pope is …

Ryan Fitzgerald makes a good point in the question of why should we care who the Pope is:

Travis Scholl, writing for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Should non-Catholics care about the pope?

I think the short answer is yes. Because, in many ways, for better and/or worse, Christianity still goes through Rome. And there is no more visible representative of worldwide Christianity than the bishop of Rome. That may make a great many Christians (and non-Christians) squeamish, but it is what it is.

I believe most people’s impression of who God is has been directly impacted by their experience with the church and I think all press on Christianity, good or bad, impacts the ability to be effective for churches. That’s why the more I read about Francis I, the more excited I get for what it means for the Church. It seems that the new Pope’s brand is humility which is a fresh face for Christianity! Here is a great WSJ article on his humility.

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How to Attract Leaders Who Are Better Than You

Just read a blog post by Cary Nieuwhof on How to Attract Leaders Who Are Better Than You. It’s a great read: This week I’m sharing leadership lessons I’ve picked up from North Point Community Church. The Drive Conference is a leadership incubator and being a partner church of North Point has helped our team […]

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The Holy Land

Wow. I can’t believe that I just confirmed a trip to the Holy Land for the first time. In 2.5 months, I will take a pilgrimage to a place where I have dreamed about going. To walk where Jesus walked, to see what Jesus saw … people say that once you come back from Israel, […]

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Redundant Existence

http://youtube.com/XNJSyRx4Ng8 It’s been said that the vainest things in life are the ones that we expect the most contentment from. We are hedonists and pleasure seekers by nature. We want satisfaction and contentment and seem committed to finding it somewhere on earth. People are constantly asking, “What’s the meaning of life,” like maybe the answer […]

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Five Love Languages of Pastors

How do you love your pastor? Do pastors have love languages? Here’s a good blog post about it from Thomas Rainer: Five Love Languages of Pastors With apologies to Gary Chapman for playing on his well-known "Five Love Languages" theme, I asked 24 pastors how a church member might speak to each pastor in his […]

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How I Learned to Not Be Overwhelmed

Read a blog post from Donald Miller’s blog the other day and it hit the spot for me. One of the main problems I deal with is trying to manage too many projects. And most of those projects are big. Presently, I’m working on two books, a daily blog and two upcoming conferences. With the […]

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Elevation Worship: Nothing is Wasted

  Elevation Worship’s new album, Nothing is Wasted, just dropped today and it is amazing. I visited Elevation Church back in December for the first time, and it was great to see their passion for worship. Since then, I’ve been listening to the different songs on this album, as they’ve been releasing it on their […]

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What is Ash Wednesday?

Today is Ash Wednesday. What is Ash Wednesday? It’s the first day of Lent. That means there are 40 days before Easter Sunday (not counting Sundays). Traditionally, churches have a service on Ash Wednesday and the participants are “imposed” with ashes marked on their forehead (in the form of a cross). Usually a Scripture is […]

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