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When Everyone Else Has a Better Sunday Than You

Posted  September 9, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Some Sundays are outstanding.  Everything just seems to click and everyone leaves happy and refreshed…even the pastor. Then there are other Sundays which aren’t as fun.  The Sundays when there are technical problems, the sermon falls flat, the offering is down, and long-time church member, brother Judas, grabs you in the lobby to let you […]

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Lose Some Weight

Posted  September 5, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Pastors, you were never designed or called to carry the entire weight of the church on your shoulders. A church is far too complex, with too many moving parts, for one man to bear the responsibility of it all.  No man, not even a great man, can carry the weight of a church by himself. […]

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Lows and Highs

Posted  September 4, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

After God told Elijah to publicly call for a drought, He commanded him to “hide” himself in the Cherith ravine.  Cherith (of Kerith) means cut or gorge.  God basically told him to go and hide in a deep valley. This must have seemed like some sort of punishment for a man of action like Elijah […]

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Done > Perfect

Posted  September 3, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

As pastors, we all want to bring our best to the Lord.  We understand that He deserves our best and it’s only rightful that we give it to Him. The problem is we often confuse our best with perfection and in the process we slowly slip over into a perfectionism that is both destructive and […]

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The Success Lesson Disney Kept in His Hat

Posted  February 7, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Early in his career, Walt Disney released a short film called The Three Little Pigs.  It was a phenomenal hit.  The catchy song from the short skyrocketed up the charts and together the song and the cartoon captured the imagination of the nation. In fact, the short was so popular that it was held over […]

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Hire the Whole Iceberg

When we were looking for our current worship leader it felt like it took forever to find the right guy.  (Thankfully, we found Seth and he’s definitely the right guy!)  During the search, though, it often felt like nothing ...
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The Three Year Itch

We’re approaching our tenth anniversary at the church I pastor.  I’ve noticed a trend over the years that I’d like to share with you. About every three years we go through a bit of an identity crisis.  Obvio...
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The One Thing Every Staff Member Has to Have

Every staff position is different and, of course, every church is unique as well.  There is one thing, however, that every staff member simply has to have to be effective or productive in any meaningful way. Every staff memb...
by Tony McCollum
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A Category or a Conversation?

Nobody wants to be labeled.  Labeling tends to reduce people to stereotypes and caricatures instead of real, complex, unique human beings. In this video, the always compelling astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why ...
by Tony McCollum
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Study Finds Facebook Sparks Lots of Envy

This article from the Chicago Tribune points to a recent study that discovered that Facebook stirs up a lot of bad mojo for a large chunk of people that visit the site. The study suggests that over a third of people that visit ...
by Tony McCollum
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Your First 500 Sermons Will Suck

If you’re just starting out as a preacher I’ve got some news for you.  Your first 500 sermons will probably suck.  No, actually, they’ll definitely suck. Now, the good news is that most people won’t no...
by Tony McCollum
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Dancing with the One that Brought Ya

I was sad to hear that a local pastor, a man I know, was “asked” by his elders to leave the church that he had founded and pastored for almost a decade.  I sure it must be very hard on him.  He was a good man but, honestl...
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Mouring the Eye-Opening Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

The world lost a great actor last Sunday when Philip Seymour Hoffman died from an accidental drug overdose. Something like this is always so tragic and senseless that is prompts a profound feeling of loss. Even for those of us...
by Tony McCollum
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