Archive - July, 2010

Hurt People, Hurt People: Lessons from Echo

Kem Meyer nailed it.

So did Carlos Whitaker.

I’m about to nail it, too … Stop hatin’. Yeah. Stop hatin’.

I’m here at Echo 2010 down in Dallas and the “talk of the town” has been the vitriol on the Echo Twitter feed.


Flattening Your Church

Martin Luther changed the course of human history by leveraging technology to spread God’s Word. He used moveable type to get Scripture into the hands of all people–not just the professional clergy of the day. It led to the Protestant Reformation that, I think it’s safe to say, we’re still feeling the effects of today.

In my opinion, we’re about to enter into a period of history in the church that’s going to make Luther’s reformation look like tea party. Welcome to the flattened world.

I want to invite all the deviants in the house to join me tomorrow for the M2 Live Webinar where I’ll be the featured presenter. I’ll be sharing some thoughts on how the web is flattening the church and what that means for those of us in ministry. We’ll be looking at:

  • How human communication is changing as a result of the emergence of the social web.
  • What those changes mean for the way churches communicate.
  • What a typical church member will look like in 10-15 years
  • Practical take-aways that you can implement immediately for your ministry.
  • And a Q&A session at the end to tie-up any loose ends!

I’d love for you to join me. The event is being held by the amazing M2 Live ministry and will be moderated by Sean McAtee and Matt Carlisle. These guys have been great to work with and I’m really looking forward to the experience.

If you want to get a feel for what these webinars are like, you can check out the archives from past presenters such as Tony Steward, DJ Chuang, and John Saddington. Otherwise join me tomorrow for the M2 Live Webinar from 10:30-11:30 am CST.


3 More Reasons Why Leaders Quit Your Organization

Ron Edmonson wrote an article for Catalyst recently that’s still making me think. The article’s titled, “7 Reasons Leaders Quit Your Organization“. You should read it. Now.

Ron was spot-on with his reasons. You can tell this is a guy who has been down the road a little bit and doesn’t want young ones to make the same mistakes he sees the people around him making. I appreciate his wisdom and willingness to identify the elephant in the room. His list was great in and of itself, but I wanted to add a few of my own reasons why leaders quit organizations.

Making Ideas Happen Spiritually Speaking

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a huge fan of Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky. It’s easily the best business book I’ve read in the past five years–maybe ever. So when I read this passage in my devotions this morning, my mind immediately jumped to the action method philosophy. Read, from Evelyn Underhill’s The Spiritual Life:

Does the Bridge Illustration Still Work?

Do evangelism tools like the bridge illustration still work? I was confronted by the tried-and-true Gospel pitch recently and I found myself thinking, “Wow. People still do this. Hm.”

For those wondering, the bridge illustration conveniently outlines how one propositionally gets to Heaven.

People Are Asking About the Big Ask Experiment

Wow. It seems quite a few of you feel a similar pull to start asking for things. Big things.

Since yesterday’s post, I’ve heard from some of you who were inspired by the idea:

The Big Ask Experiment

“I wonder what would happen if I made a big ask every day for a month?”

This thought nestled in my brain last night and hasn’t left since. I talked to my wife about it. I wrote a list of what I consider to be “big asks”. I thought about what life might look like on the other side of this little thought experiment. The possibilities excited me enough to actually give this a shot. It’s time to start asking.

A “big ask” is something you normally wouldn’t ask of other people. Perhaps fear or inhibition has kept you from picking up the phone, typing up the email or having the meeting. Whatever the ask may be, it’s something that will usually help get us from where we are to where we want to be.

Some examples of a “big ask” might be:

Gaga Shows Grace

Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist crew aren’t Lady Gaga fans. They recently showed up in St. Louis to protest Gaga’s Arch City show:

The anti-gay protesters from Westboro Baptist Church stood outside the Scottrade Center over the weekend, where they picketed the pop star/gay rights activist’s ongoing Monster Ball Tour with signs reading “God Hates Lady Gaga.” Angry at Gaga’s outspoken support of gay rights, the protesters denounced Gaga for using her art form to teach “rebellion against God.”

Members of the Westboro Church have protested the “PokerFace” powerhouse before, but when parishoners brought their controversial views to her live show, Gaga fired back.

How did she fire back? With Twitter. And with grace. From Gaga’s Twitter feed:


I can’t stop staring at this photo. Think of all the things left uncreated in this world:

Fresh Out Da Gate

  • The response from my Cupid/OUTSPOKEN post has been humbling. Never have I been more convinced that people are in desperate need of grace; both from God and from other people. Be graceful today.
  • The Social Media Summit may actually happen. I’m shocked at how many people have expressed interest in something like this.
  • These next few months will be busy: ECHO and M2 LIVE next week, Boston trip and STORY in September, M2 LIVE Chicago in October.
  • When did rosaries become a fashion accessory?
  • My new goal in Words with Friends is to break 500. Do you play?
  • We have VBS going on this week at my church. My view of vacation Bible school has been forever changed since I took a philosophy of ministry class in seminary. I won’t go into details, suffice to say I can boil my experience down into two words: cognitive development.
  • Clay Shirky’s work Here Comes Everybody is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Every page is filled with highlights.
  • Updated It’s running my favorite John Saddington theme.
  • How do some “social media consultants” continue to get work? No value added, just snake oil salesmen.
  • What’s going on in your world?
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