A Rebel for Jesus

A Rebel for Jesus

A few years ago, there was a lot of talk about ‘marketplace ministry’ . . . taking God to the workplace. I was all over it. I’d already written a book on the topic, called About My Father’s Business: Taking Your Faith to Work and I was passionate about finding guys who were doing it…

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A Biblical Worldview?

So if we’re to ‘interpret’ situations for our kids and our mentees through a Biblical worldview, we need to know what that means. That phrase gets kicked around all the time but how serious is it? Here’s what pastor Rick Warren has to say . . . “Your worldview includes how you see God, yourself,…

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We Are Interpreters

We Are Interpreters

Tim Elmore rocked Radical Mentoring’s Mentor Summit 2016 with his insights into the millennial generation. I’ll never forget this one . . . “Parents have to be interpreters for their kids.” Boom! Interpreters take information from one context and turn it into usable, helpful information in another. Young people may be super-smart but they don’t…

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Cornerstone

“The cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.” (Wikipedia) If the cornerstone collapses, everything that rides on top of it comes crashing down. Just like the farmer…

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Unsolicited Advice Is Always Received As Criticism

Here’s a principle for you . . . unsolicited advice is always received as criticism. When I first read a version of this truth in Dr. Ross Campbell’s book How to Really Love Your Adult Child, I wasn’t sure. I thought “Heck, I’m not defensive . . . I’m a learner. If criticism can help me…

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Obedience

It’s a word we use but don’t think much about. Mostly, it’s what we want from our children, and what we notice when it’s missing in other people’s kids. In religion, it’s the reason crazies blow things up and justify it by saying they were obeying Allah or the Quran. Or why people who call…

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So . . . What is a Disciple?

I’ve been trying to make disciples to awhile now. Formally for 15 years and informally for another 18 before that. I’ve had a ‘working definition’ of what that means but until the other night as I was reading DiscipleShift, it hadn’t dawned on me that not everyone defines ‘disciple’ the same way. Your definition of a…

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Experiential Learning

If you want to teach someone something so they’ll never forget it, try ‘experiential learning’ or as it’s defined, “learning through reflection on doing.” Here’s the simple four-step process . . . Step 1: Principle and Purpose – People are smart. They don’t care about many things, so they have to really want to learn…

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Finding Community

Finding Community

Do you have a true friend? Someone who knows your ‘dark corners’? Someone who knows everything about you . . . knows your story, what you struggle with, what you dream about? Not many guys have that kind of friend. A 2015 study in Britain found that 51% of men surveyed have two or fewer…

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Climbing, Sliding or Gliding

Brian Moore, Lead Pastor of Crosspointe Church shared this at Radical Mentoring’s Mentor Summit this past weekend . . . “In your faith-walk, you’re either climbing or sliding. There’s no such thing as gliding!”  I asked a good friend the other day, “How are you and God?” He said “Just ok, nothing special.” Isn’t that what most…

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