ONLINE CHURCH! The very words bring strong emotion to the hearts of many Christians and ministry leaders.

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Eventually, Christian leaders will have to do what they’ve done for 2,000 years. We will have to lead the flocks to which Christ Himself has made us overseers. We cannot permanently abdicate responsibility to temporal powers.

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. You could be a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and find that you’ll agree with a Philadelphia Eagles fan, at least on this one point. Even the redneck and the socialite will find common ground here. I think we can all agree. During this COVID-19 […]

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301 years ago, Robinson Crusoe, widely considered the First English Novel, was released in England to enormous praise.  Audiences loved the simple story of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad.  Poor Crusoe encounters prisoners, mutineers, and even cannibals during his adventurous stay.  Yet the first foes he would face would not come […]

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Today’s Blog is a guest post from my wife, Heather. Enjoy! “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as […]

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The Dangers of an Isolated Pastor

October 9, 2018

It is becoming increasingly clear that even spiritual leaders need to have good friends.  The suicide of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein[1] reminded us that even we can struggle with mental health.  We watch as fellow pastors like Bill Hybels, Perry Noble, and Tullian Tchividjian fall into sin and wonder how this can happen.  We preach of the […]

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More Than Ideas

September 17, 2018

More Than Ideas Idea Day Looks toward the Future   Luke 10:2 The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. John 4:35 Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to […]

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Be Courageous and Refuse to Compromise

July 13, 2018

Compromise is not ALWAYS wrong. I’ve sat in many marriage counseling sessions listening to stubborn people who refused to lower their unreasonable expectations.  Many times I’ve encouraged young entrepreneurs to reconsider their business plans and embrace the ideas of another.  I’ve even found that pastors can find certain moments of compromise necessary.  How the nursery workers […]

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Leadership is not Influence

April 9, 2018

Leadership is more than influence! I was 15 years old when someone handed me my first leadership book.  Boldly embossed on the deep black cover were these words written in gold: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  So many of the lessons John Maxwell taught in that book have guided me on life’s journey.  From […]

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Believe & Achieve the Impossible

March 27, 2018

These are the notes for our most recent podcast episode! Sit back – relax – and enjoy the show.   We are limited by our unbelief more than any other factor. (Time, money, talent, education, etc.) Belief Shapes Reality Some people will never move forward because they just don’t believe it is possible.  Success & […]

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Leading Yourself First

February 26, 2018

When we are foolish, we want to conquer the world. When we are wise, we want to conquer ourselves. So many men and women desire to be leaders.  We strive to be the one other look to for encouragement, direction, and help.  Yet, isn’t it highly unlikely that God will allow you to lead others if […]

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The Power of Autonomy

December 31, 2017

In this episode of The Idea Talks Podcast we discuss the “8 Myths about Setting Boundaries” found in Henry Cloud’s wonderful book Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. Enjoy this episode as we discover that boundaries are necessary and helpful to the life of any productive leader! 8 […]

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Six Degrees of Separation

December 11, 2017

Six Degrees of Separation (and the rapid crumbling of the IFB)   Years ago an actor named Kevin Bacon was so ubiquitous that we had a cultural moment with a game called The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  Basically, the game works like this.  Anyone in Hollywood could be connected to Kevin Bacon by simply […]

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Removing the Ancient Landmarks  

November 29, 2017

  Boundaries are necessary if we are to succeed in life!  These fence lines are established to keep the good things in and the bad things out.  But unfortunately, we often find ourselves too inhibited by fear to actually set up good boundaries. In today’s episode of The Idea Talks we discuss why boundaries are […]

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Social Leadership

October 30, 2017

Of the buzzwords floating among the leadership gurus of our society, no phrase seems more cutting edge than that of Social Leadership.  But what is it really? In this episode Josh & Drew take time to discuss this concept and help the modern day ministry leader understand and apply these fascinating principles. Here are a […]

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