Show Notes & Blogs

Ties and Opportunity

Ties mean opportunity for me - something I took for granted for most of my life and probably still do. For the first 3.5 years after high school, I worked in various sales jobs to save money for Bible College and I wore a suit and tie every day. Job #1: Was working...

Power, Money, Sex and Dressember

In 2004, one of my ministry volunteers gave me the book, Disposable People by Kevin Bales which made the stunning claim that our modern world has more slaves today than any period of human history. 25 million+ humans enslaved by other humans. I couldn't believe it, I...

What Makes A Church A Church?

What makes a church a church? It is a question several of us ask around Discovery. What activities, ministries and postures are essential for a church to actually be a church? Without one of them, we might be a very good thing, but we’d no longer be a church. What do...

Rich Mullins 20 Years On

I first heard Rich Mullins' music at Jan's home. Everyone was outside and I stepped inside to refill my snack plate and heard the most arresting vocal harmonies coming from Jan's stereo. The song was "If I Stand" by Rich Mullins. After a verse reminding us that there...

Robert, Danny, Kip and Today’s Reality

As I've been struggling to wrap my mind around our country's current reality and how pervasive racism and hate groups are, 3 people from Seminary keep coming to mind. Robert Fife. Dr Fife was a highly respected New Testament scholar and the reason our New Testament...

GLS 2017: Bryan Stevenson

I was not able to blog and publish all the speakers at GLS in one sitting, but GLS featured several speakers about whom I have not yet blogged. One of the most profound and provocative speakers of GLS this year was Bryan Stevenson. I had never heard of him before (one...

…Repay Evil with Good…

Full Article Here In preparation for an upcoming neo-Nazi march in the small Bavarian town of Wunsiedel, local residents decided to fight back in a hilariously perfect way: by sponsoring each of the 250 fascist participants. According to Heeb Magazine, "For every...

GLS Friday: Immaculee Ilibagiza

I read about the Rwandan Genocide only a few years after it occurred and to this day cannot fathom the sheer horror of it all. It is described as the most efficient genocide in history, but "efficient" is typically a positive word, so I shudder at that description. I...

Friday Session 4: Sam Adeyemi

One of my favorite aspects of GLS is how it introduces westerners to world class non western leaders. Several years ago, Sam Adeyemi spoke at GLS. I had never heard of him before and was blown away by his leadership teaching. I was excited to hear from Sam again and...

GLS Friday Session 2: Juliet Funt

My immediate impression: she's a storytelling genius! - "My husband looked at the ceiling, his eyes misted up and he said, 'thank you Jesus' and we're Jewish.' - We have lost the art of the pause. A "Pause" is "time with no assignment." Seriously. Can we ever hear...

GLS 2017 Friday Session 1: Laszlo Bock

One of my favorite aspects of a conference like this is learning about great leaders I've never heard of. Today was a day full of great leaders, many of whom were new to me. And so...Laszlo Bock. - I have had 14 or 15 jobs, the common denominator: there was a gap...

GLS Final Thursday Session: Andy Stanley

I missed the two afternoon sessions and heard they were both exceptional, so I'll be chasing footage when its available. Final session of the day: Andy Stanley.  - 'There's no such thing as just a youth pastor.' Thank you for saying it, even if it was somewhat of a...