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“Make the most of every opportunity.” (Colossians 4:5b NIV); About this time last year, I had a chance to spend some time with the man that mentored me spiritually when I was in high school. He now lives in Birmingham, AL and I was there for a few days attending a conference for church leaders. […]


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adjective: discovered after a deliberate search; located, recovered, brought back Imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: “Celebrate […]


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noun: way of life, conduct, or thought; route or course May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 In the Pacific Northwest, we love to hike. It’s exhilarating. We hike trails that lead through old forests, along rivers, or through alpine […]

Mindfulness and the Pastor

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Mindfulness is a big deal in today’s culture. Businesses such as Apple, sports figures such as basketball player Kobe Bryant, and the popular press such as Time magazine have all given it their stamp of approval. Governments are spending hun­dreds of millions of dollars researching it, and it has become a billion-dollar-a-year business. In fact, […]

Proximity and Presence

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At Canaan we are trying to live into our tagline “the church where love makes the difference,” which we have found to be a very dangerous statement. Christians often tell people we love them before we have ever lived with, listened to, or learned from them. If we are going to be genuine, presence becomes […]

Time to Simplify!!!!

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Let’s face it…life is complicated! The more advanced our society becomes, the more complicated every single thing has become. Oh, yes, there are many who will tell us how these gadgets and systems are making life easier. Perhaps there is some validity to that, but about the time one has spent two hours on the […]

Pastor Practices

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Now a word about pastors with doubts. When I was in college, I waited tables at one of my then-favorite restaurants, which served amazingly soft rolls with cinnamon butter and allowed you to throw peanut shells on the floor, a brilliant combination of two of my favorite things: carbs and littering. But after working there, […]

Becoming an Unhurried Leader

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Hurried leadership makes me think of a childhood toy called a Chinese finger trap. This long, narrow cylinder is often woven from bamboo strips. A child puts a finger from one hand into one end and a finger from the other hand in the other end and pulls. The trap tightens on each of the […]

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

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When the early Wesleyan bands of Christ-followers got together in small group meetings, their first question to each other was “How is it with your soul?” This is the best possible question for us as Christian leaders in light of Jesus’ warning and in light of what we witness in and around us. So how […]
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