Seven Decisions

Last week I bought two new books: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell and The Seven Decisions (Understanding the Keys to Personal Success) by Andy Andrews. I've started reading "The Seven Decisions" and already realize, "this is one of those books that will be read and re-read!" Andy Andrews does an amazing … Continue reading Seven Decisions

How to “fit things in”

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a friend who is trying to figure out "How to fit it all in." That's something I'm fairly conversant with... fitting things in. Sherri (aka "The lovely and talented Mrs. Peterson) and I have this conversation regularly, and overall, we do a decent job of it. … Continue reading How to “fit things in”

The most important person you can care for is…

YOU. This may sound wrong to you... especially if you've grown up within the context of the church, but wait... let me make the case. In the world of nonprofits (e.g. church, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, etc.) we are regularly called to "give yourself." "Give yourself" is great advice if "yourself" is valuable. Seriously, we both … Continue reading The most important person you can care for is…

How to grow spiritually (Re-post)

In light of the current teaching series we are doing at Church180, Spiritually Strong, this blog post seems worth re-posting! Really there is no magic formula. It'd be great to have a drink, swallow a pill, or take a pilgrimage to some holy spot and upon arrival... "BOOM"... you become holy. Well, don't get your … Continue reading How to grow spiritually (Re-post)

Why I go to church (or why I wear pants on Sunday)

Yes... I am a pastor so I kinda "have" to go. But even if I weren't... I would. A few years ago I wasn't actively preaching, so I decided to skip church for a few weeks. IT WAS AWESOME! I slept in... puttered around the house in my underwear for a while... cleaned the garage... … Continue reading Why I go to church (or why I wear pants on Sunday)

You can’t grow without this…

Evaluation. Rigorous, systematic, evaluation of yourself. The evaluators can include others, but MUST include yourself... because at the end of the day, you know you best. Right now I am evaluating my prayer life and my performance in the gym, among other things. Sitting over a cup of coffee at Starbucks, talking to no one, … Continue reading You can’t grow without this…