Articles of Note – June 5, 2014

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I really should come up with a better name for these posts than “Articles of Note.” It just sounds so dry and boring. Hopefully these links are anything but. Maybe I should title them, “HEY, READ THIS!” or “Free iPad to 100th Visitor!” That could work.

Or any suggestions you might have would be nice.

A Simple and Revealing Character Test Every Leader Should Try

This I Know

Ten Ways to detect the Broken Places in Our Souls

Do Pastors Need a Sabbatical? Jesus Creed: Yes.

3 Invaluable Lessons one Business Leader Could Only Learn from a Church Plant

Four Big Mistakes that Lead to Ministry Burnout

The Strangest Answer to Prayer Ever

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It was exactly what I asked for and everything that I didn’t need.

I’ve written previously about my firing from ministry twenty years ago and my subsequent five years of self-imposed exile from full-time ministry. In those days I occupied myself with a job that I did not enjoy but which paid the bills. There’s nothing like a job you hate to fuel the imagination about the job you love–or might love.

A little over a year after my firing we were living in an awful little apartment that had formerly been a spacious garage. I had been puzzling over ways to get back into ministry and had begun considering new avenues. One day I found myself contemplating starting a new church. Would I be up for that challenge?

It would be so easy! Get a group of people together with a common vision, start a small home group and continuing to work this awful job while waiting to see if God would bless our efforts. Others had done it, why not me? Surely this could be a good use of my talents and skills and would eventually get me back into the work I love. Continue reading

Every Minister Needs Some Moonshine

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Several years ago I was on the phone with an adman in Los Angeles, hashing out the details of a promotion I was helping with. Now, the California coast is about as far removed from small-town Illinois as you could get. As we talked through the plans he asked me where I was from.

“It’s a little town in Illinois called ‘Kansas.’ You’ve never heard of it.”

“Wait,” he said. “Is that near Moonshine?”

Moonshine Illinois, population 2. The happiest little crossroads you’ll ever find. It’s the kind of place about which people say, “You can’t get there from here.” But once you find your way there you’re in for a treat in the finest hamburger you’ll ever eat–a Moonburger.

Getting to Moonshine is half the adventure and people from all over take on that adventure. The guestbook boasts signatures from every corner of the globe. Whenever we’re entertaining out-of-state guests we always plan a trip to Moonshine. I wouldn’t want anyone to miss it. Continue reading