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The Worst Condition a Church can be Found in...ask Jesus

My favorite books of the Bible are the gospels. In them, we discover who God really is by looking at Jesus' life. When we see the heart of Jesus, we see the heart of the Almighty God. Jesus showed us compassion, mercy and truth. He also showed us things that made him disgusted...one of those things being the local temple. 

  The story begins with Jesus and the disciples entering Jerusalem. It was a very busy time, as the passover was being celebrated. People from all around were making their way into Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the temple. Jesus went into the temple himself. The Bible says "After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late afternoon..." (Mark 11:11). In other words, Jesus came in to inspect what was going on. 

   The next day is when the story gets interesting...even a little confusing. Jesus and the disciples got up that morning and was heading back to the temple. On the way, Jesus' stomach began to growl. Someone forg…

You can't Drink from the Fire Hose!

I can remember my very first big church conference. The year was 2000. The name of the gathering was the Pastor and Leadership Conference, held at the Potter's House in Dallas TX. and led by the infamous Bishop T.D. Jakes. My church was around one hundred twenty people at the time, so walking into a twenty-five thousand member church fried my brain. The preaching was amazing (and still is. Bishop can preach!) and the worship off the chain. I went back each year for the next three years and always returned home full of new ideas. 

  Over time, I attended Catalyst, Exponential, Verge, and other conferences around the country. Later, I spoke at a few. It's been a great ride. While each conference had it's own genre and flavor, there was a common phrase that I heard at each one. You've probably heard it too. Usually the guy MC'ing the conference would open with it. It sounded something like this, "How many of you are ready to drink from a fire hose this week?"…