November 18, 2008

Where will Obama attend church?

One of my favorite Psalms is the second as it asserts God’s supremacy over all earthly rule. I am so grateful that the church, and not the government, is the hope of the world. Having said that, this is an interesting little Time article on where Obama will attend church.

November 15, 2008

Normalizing Absurdity


I recently shared a favorite Einstein quote in one of my posts. It became the seed to a session entitled Normalizing Absurdity that I will be doing at Leadership Networks Innovation Cubed Conference in January. Check out their post on it here.

November 15, 2008


Toby Mac’s lyrics for Boomin have been bouncing through my mind; this is the most played song on the family playlist last week:

I’ve been around the way
I’ve been around the block
I got the keys to the city if the gates are locked
And a freak like me ain’t ‘bout to stop
I’ve got a handful of dreams and a heart full of God!

November 14, 2008

Top Ten Annoying Phrases


Have you ever noticed how certain phrases become part of a culture’s conversation style? Some are memorable and become “buzz-worthy” (heard that before?) or create culture by sharing ideas and ideals. Others just create verbal fatigue with overuse and misuse of language and detract from your message. Wired Magazine’s blog, Underwire, recently cited the list of The Top Ten Most Annoying Phrases from Oxford University researchers. The list includes:

1. At the end of the day
2. Fairly unique
3. I personally
4. At this moment in time
5. With all due respect
6. Absolutely
7. It’s a nightmare
8. Shouldn’t of
9. 24/7
10. It’s not rocket science

Absolutely. I personally would like to add that at the end of the day it’s a nightmare that we distill our communication with verbal noise in an effort to be fairly unique. It’s not rocket science but, with all due respect, we are all truly unique 24/7 and shouldn’t of thought to mess up what we say by cluttering things with superfluous sayings.

What phrases do you catch yourself using that may add to verbal fatigue? What additional “noise” does your church or organization regularly use that may detract from the clear message you want to send? “That being said,” are there any you would like to share?

November 11, 2008

Church Unique makes the “Golden Canon”

I was excited to see Church Unique listed in Leadership Journal’s “Golden Canon.” The article opening begins with a quote from Spurgeon: “A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one good book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books merely skimmed.” Therefore Leadership Journal created a list “presenting the ten books of 2008 deemed most valuable.” Here is the list:

The Leader’s Outer World
The Reason for God, by Tim Keller (Winner)
Culture Making, by Andy Crouch
Axiom, by Bill Hybels
Consuming Jesus, by Paul Louis Metzger
Church Unique, by Will Mancini

The Leader’s Inner World
Surprised by Hope, by N.T. Wright (Winner)
The Jesus Way, by Eugene Peterson
The Attentive Life, by Leighton Ford
Life with God, by Richard Foster
Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, by D.A. Carson

Many thanks to Marshall Shelley and all the folks at Leadership Journal who continue to bring a strong kingdom resource to leaders. Their purpose is to serve church leaders by offering spiritual wisdom and practical tools for faithfully proclaiming and effectively living the gospel.