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Restored for a Purpose

Here is a quiz for you. What famous person received this criticism during their lifetime? “Alas, this man will never get anything done, for he is thinking about the end before he begins.” If you guessed Leonardo da Vinci, you would be correct. In fact, ... Read More

Intrapreneurship

There is a help wanted sign figuratively hanging in a number of churches: “Intrapreneurs Wanted”. Maybe your church does not use the word Intrapreneur, but undoubtedly you are thinking of synonyms. Let’s see if I am right on that by defining intrapreneurship. Entrepreneurship. We love ... Read More

Backyard Chickens and Phygital Ministry

June 2020. My family entered the world of backyard chicken raising. Yes, we were a part of that 758% jump in Amazon searches for baby chick supplies.[1] But it has been so worth it. Look at the picture, chickens have such a cuddly, warm—well, they ... Read More

Supper is on Fire

Fortunately, supper was on the grill so it did not set off all the smoke detectors in the house. The Mediterranean Chicken that I had carefully prepared did take on the appearance of a burnt offering though. But why the grill fire? I had followed ... Read More

October is Coming, and So Is Pastor Appreciation Month

Ever wonder why Pastor Appreciation month falls in October? That is a really good question, and I would love to discover your answer! In the meantime, I would like to pose a simple, early reminder to start preparing for intentionally communicating with our pastors about ... Read More

How Many Questions Today?

Have you ever sat down to calculate how many questions a day you need to answer? The number might surprise you. What is probably not a shocker is that it appears as though the highest number of questions get posed to mothers of young children—possibly ... Read More

21 Days of Prayer for SDB Church Planting

Think about the difference between prayers of convenience and passion filled prayers. Sometimes I pray for things as they pop into my mind, like finding lost keys. These are needed prayers, but focused on my convenience in the moment. Now consider passion filled prayers that ... Read More

Got Scalp Moss?

“Scalp Moss” is a real concern, even if the term has dubious origins. In fact, I have had first-hand experience with the scourge of Scalp Moss in my youth. It refers to the result of systematic poor hygiene during adolescent years—or in my case, avoiding ... Read More

The Solution to Pollution is Dilution?

This picture is of Saxon Harbor on Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. The lovely rusty red color of the water is the result of a heavy rain. While the harbor close to the swollen rivers feeding the lake were far from pristine, further out on ... Read More

Did You Miss It?

There is a crow hiding in this picture–somewhat hidden by its surroundings. Granted, crows are not the most exciting thing out there to find—but I do have a couple of suggestions of things you do not want to miss! SDB Conference Video Reports can be ... Read More