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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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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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I Forgot My Phone [video]

This could be one powerful sermon illustration about community or focus. There’s certainly a sermon in there somewhere. What are your thoughts about this video and what it says about our culture?
by Tony McCollum
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The Amazing, Incredible, Super-Fantastic Pastor and His Church

Maybe I'm wrong but it seems to me that when pastors get together most of the time there's a lot of needless posturing going on...
by Tony McCollum
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Why Hershey Ditched Caramels

I was watching a documentary the other day about Milton S. Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company. I found it to be very interesting that, originally, he owned a caramel candy company that had little to do with choco...
by Tony McCollum
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Paid in Full [video]

Okay so this video is in Thai but don’t let that trip you up.  It’s very well done and, dare I say, inspiring. This might make for a great sermon illustration.
by Tony McCollum
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When Facing Raging Rivers

I was reading in Joshua about the Israelites crossing the Jordan river.  I was struck again by the fact that God asked them to cross the river while it was “overflowing it’s banks” because it was “harvest season.” It...
by Tony McCollum
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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...
by Tony McCollum
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Done > Perfect

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 w...
by Tony McCollum
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