Generational Differences 2

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If you’re in middle age (like myself) or older, and you start hanging around young Christians, you’ll probably notice that they see the world a little differently. The chart below compares a few basic beliefs of older and younger Christians. This is part two in my comparision of generations.¬† I’m defining “older” as 45 and up, “younger” as 35 and …

Generational Differences 1

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For the next few weeks I’d like to highlight the differences between younger and older generations, in several different categories. This should help you understand your younger (or older) counterparts at your church — or in your home. Roughly speaking, I’m talking about the differences between church people who are 35 and under, and 45 and older. That middle ground …

Outreach Strategy Extraordinaire

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A sophisticated outreach program in a church or parachurch ministry might look something like this: Level 1: Social events. Invite everyone! Level 2: Content events. The Christian worldview is presented in a thoughtful way. Venues could be talks, discussions, debates, panels, workshops. Audience is seekers.Level 3: Harvest events. An explicit call to faith is made. Aimed at friends and acquaintances …

A Defining Moment

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Recently on a college campus in the midwest I was informed by InterVarsity staff about a certain philosophy professor — “in fact, he’s sitting over there” — who sometimes talks with our students. He’s an atheist, of course. I went over and introduced myself and sat down. He had no idea what to expect from this stranger from Minnesota. Nor …

This May Make You Envious

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A couple of years ago I joined a theological discussion group that is one of the best, ever. Let’s just call it TP. Guess what happened? The friendships in TP grew so rich, the humor so hilarious, the fellowship so sweet, the discussions so penetrating, that we expanded by 25%. We went from three people to four. One is Catholic. …

A We Thing

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I’ve always thought of myself as having something to offer the ministry profession. Lately I’m reconsidering that thought. I’m changing it to what WE have to offer the ministry profession. Who is “we”? We is the people who send me out there to do God’s work. I recently talked with a successful person in the marketplace who is producing a …

Doing Less

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In recent years I’ve become more interested in doing less. But doing things better. Quality grows. Quality is a magnet for new talent. Quality succeeds, reproduces, becomes all the envy. To illustrate, there’s a certain team of five guys at my church that does awesome work. But they don’t let just anyone join the team. You have to show yourself …

My System for Loving God

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Spend a few days with me and you’ll find out I am a systematic person. Not naturally, however. Not like Sharon Mattson, who just automatically does things in order. No, all my systems are constructed. And I follow them religiously. Otherwise, I pay the price, as does everyone in my path:¬†anarchy followed closely by chaos. So a hard question for …

On Going to Church Twice a Month

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You have no idea of the temptations I face Sunday mornings, especially in the summer. In the few weeks of pleasant weather Minnesota affords in this season, it is vitally important that I squeeze in all the golf I can. Because soon I’ll be back in jail: Minnesota winter. Plus, most of the golf I play at my club involves …

Steady as She Goes

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My friend Gary and I were talking the other day about the value of being steady. As a businessman, Gary has seen many of the young ones attempt to make their millions overnight. They flash impressively for short sprints but have no endurance for the long run. Contrast that with my buddy Jeff, who’s been in ministry at a large …