Posts Tagged ‘Tough’

This Week’s Top 5 Blog Post Fav’s

The Leadership Strategy of Jesus

So much of the activity I see among leaders today is focused on reaching the masses. “Successful leaders” speak at big conferences, host popular television or radio shows, publish bestselling books, or write successful blogs. Their goal is breadth. They want to extend their influence to as many people as possible. (Read More)

What’s Easter

One of my teammates at West Ridge sent me this article last week from the Barna Group which addresses people’s perceptions of Easter. There are some interesting stats in the article. Among them, one-third of the people surveyed don’t view Easter as a religious celebration. Maybe even more interesting is the fact that 19 percent of the born-again Christians don’t view Easter that way, either. (Read More)

Leadership Lessons from the Dancing Guy Video

The commentator makes a lot of insightful observations about leadership, but I think he misses the biggest one of all.

 First, the good stuff:

  • A leader needs the guts to stand-alone and look ridiculous.
  • He must be easy to follow.
  • The first follower has a crucial role…. He shows everyone else how to follow.
  • It takes guts to be a first follower. You stand out and brave ridicule yourself.
  • The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.
  • The second follower is a turning point… Now it’s not a lone nut and it’s not two nuts… Three is a crowd and a crowd is news.
  • A movement must be public.
  • Everyone needs to see followers because new followers emulate followers not the leader.

The commentator closes with this interesting paragraph: (Watch Video and Read More)

The Toughest Job Ever

I’m constantly trying to learn how to be a better parent. Whenever I meet a young person that seems to be well-rounded and following Christ I grab a notepad and pepper them with questions about what their parents did “right.” Especially if they grew up in a pastor’s home! So if you have a kids, read this. If you’re in ministry and you have kids, study this.

With that in mind I recently asked Heather Stevens, a 17-year-old junior in high school who’s a regular reader of this blog, about her experience with her parents. Heather’s father is Tim Stevens, a great blogger and author who’s on staff at Granger Community Church. I think you’ll find her thoughts incredible insightful and encouraging. Enjoy. (Read More)

Why Twitter is the Best Thing to Sliced Bread

The phrase “The best thing since sliced bread” and other variations are commonly used hyperbolic means of praising an invention or innovation.  Sliced bread is the arbitrary benchmark against which later innovations should be judged.

The history of the bread slicer dates back to 1912 when Otto Fredrick Rohwedder invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread slicing machine.  This original prototype burned down in a fire and it wasn’t until 1928 that Rohwedder had a fully operational commercial machine.  The popular use of “the best thing since…” phrase comes from the fact that Wonder Bread, the first mass-marketer of sliced bread as a product, launched a 1930s ad campaign touting the innovation.

3 Reasons Why Twitter Is The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread (Read More)


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