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Slave or Son? Slave or Son?
Theology

Slave or Son?

Posted by Regi Campbell on June 6, 2019

Thinking back on the theology I was taught in my early years, somehow love one another didn’t get through (maybe I wasn’t paying attention). Oh, I understood good Samaritan love . . . helping the old lady down the street with her yard work. Or putting the neighbor’s newspaper behind the screened door. This kind…

Mentoring Mythbusters: One Church’s Experience Mentoring Mythbusters: One Church’s Experience
Mentoring

Mentoring Mythbusters: One Church’s Experience

Posted by Kevin Harris on June 3, 2019

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to say “I told you so” to a leader whose church has just wrapped up their first mentoring season. Not because I want to be right or prove a point, but because mentoring works and I get excited hearing about the impact it’s having in…

The Currency of Real Friendship is Need The Currency of Real Friendship is Need
Community

The Currency of Real Friendship is Need

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 30, 2019

The old saying goes, to have a friend, you have to be one. I don’t think so. Sounds more like a business deal. It’s a trade, not a friendship. Have you ever had a friend who wasn’t a good friend back? Sure you have. A better saying would be, to have a friend, you have…

The Altar Call The Altar Call
Theology

The Altar Call

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 23, 2019

When I tell my faith story, I usually mention my trip down the aisle . . . how I was saved and baptized at 12 years old. Because I didn’t want to go to hell when I died, becoming a Christian seemed like a no-brainer. My friend John says, “What you save people from determines…

Less to Fear Than Anybody Less to Fear Than Anybody
Decision-Making

Less to Fear Than Anybody

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 20, 2019

So, a kid goes to a rock-climbing place for a birthday party. His dad watches as the staff puts his son in the harness and tightens it up. The belay rope is attached and checked. The staff guy is an experienced rock climber . . . you know because he has long hair and a…

What Do I Expect From God? What Do I Expect From God?
Theology

What Do I Expect From God?

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 16, 2019

You can’t receive love from someone you don’t trust. Think about it. If I don’t trust you, how can I possibly believe you when they say you love me? Even when you do something loving, I’ll be suspicious of your motives if I don’t trust you. Trust breaks down when people don’t do what we…

Kids and Adopted Kids Kids and Adopted Kids
Identity

Kids and Adopted Kids

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 13, 2019

So, I see a pontoon boat on the pond beyond my house. In it are five kids along with a couple of guys. As they draw closer, I notice it’s three black kids, two white kids, and two white dads. It’s a good guess that an adoption occurred somewhere! These couples wanted more kids, but…

Presence Presence
Community

Presence

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 9, 2019

Last month, I took my grandson Aidan to Washington, D.C. for a few days. I couldn’t wait to get to the National Air and Space Museum so I could show him the groundbreaking spaceships of history and of my childhood. When we came to Friendship 7, I was taken aback. Right there, 20 feet away…

Mentoring Mythbusters: The Ripple Effect (20,000 by 2020) Mentoring Mythbusters: The Ripple Effect (20,000 by 2020)
Mentoring

Mentoring Mythbusters: The Ripple Effect (20,000 by 2020)

Posted by Kevin Harris on May 6, 2019

Over the last few years, our team has talked internally about the goal of seeing 20,000 men mentored by the end of 2020. We’ve discussed it with our board and at our annual Mentor Summit, and tracked it through conversations with our church partners. But before I tell you where we stand, I want to…

The Power of a Good ‘No’ The Power of a Good ‘No’
Decision-Making

The Power of a Good ‘No’

Posted by Regi Campbell on May 2, 2019

Last week, I wrote about ‘letting your yes be yes’ and how standing at the fork in the road between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ can be the beginning of evil. But what about a good old fashioned, definitive, downward voice-inflected no? Saying no and meaning it is one of the most freeing things a person can…