[Note: Originally posted on SethGodin.typepad.com.]

Not only the way you speak—but the way you write and act. More than geography, accents now represent a choice of attitude.

Let’s define an accent as the way someone speaks (writes, acts) that’s different from the way I do it. So, if I’m from Liverpool and you’re from Texas, you have an accent, I don’t.

Occasionally, an accent is Continue reading “”

[Note: Originally posted on Evotional.com.]

Continued our Ritual series this weekend. Talked about a 4000 year-old ritual called tithing that traces all the way back to Abraham. Honestly, I used to hate talking about money. Thought people would think it was a money grab so I was almost defensive about it. But the longer I tithe the more I love talking about it.

We need a paradigm shift. So many people perceive the tithe as an obligation. Continue reading “”

[Note: Originally posted on MichaelHyatt.com.]

Last Friday, I had the privilege of hearing General Tommy Franks speak at the Spur Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas. I was standing in the “green room” visiting with one of our authors when General Franks entered the room with his wife, Cathy. He stuck out his hand and said, “Hi, my name’s Tom.” I liked him immediately.

The way he carried himself made an unforgettable impression on me. First, he was clearly “large and in charge.” He was in a business Continue reading “”

[Note: Originally posted on Evotional.com.]

“If the prophet had asked you to do something hard and heroic, wouldn’t you have done it? So why not this simple “wash and clean”?

Remember the story of Naaman in II Kings 5? The prophet Elisha told him to dip in the Jordan river seven times in order to be healed of his leprosy. Naaman didn’t want to do it because it was too simple. He wanted the prophet to wave his wand. And when it didn’t happen the way he expected it to, he was about to walk away and forfeit the miracle when a wise and bold servant spoke truth into his life. He knew Naaman would do Continue reading “”

[Note: Originally posted on MichaelHyatt.com.]

The highlight of the day for me was Dave Ramsey’s talk. He outlined his “Momentum Theorem.” He displayed this as a mathematical formula, but here is the text version:

Focused intensity over time, multiplied by God, creates unstoppable momentum.”

He made the astute observation that “When you have momentum, you look better than you are. When you don’t have momentum you are better than you look.” This is worth memorizing. Trust me, some day you will need this. (Don’t ask me how I know!)

1. Momentum requires focused intensity. When we get distracted Continue reading “”

[Note: Originally posted on BradLomenick.com]

1. Use your 20’s to build a foundation for your 70’s. Create deep roots that will give you a foundation for when you are older. Finishing well means starting well.

2. Don’t worry about climbing the ladder. There’s no longer a ladder anyway. It’s more like one of those spiral staircases. And sometimes you are going across or down when you think you might be climbing. So don’t worry about it. Spend your 20’s learning and having life experiences. Travel, explore Continue reading “”

[Note: Originally posted on MichaelHyatt.com.]

My dad was injured in the Korean War, a few years before I was born. As a result of that injury, he walks with a limp. As a young boy, I unconsciously emulated him. I just thought that was the way grown men walked.

When I was about three or four, I remember my Mom saying to me, “Mike, you don’t need to walk with a limp. Dad walks that way because he was hurt in the war.” Regardless, I still walked with a limp for another year or so, simply because I wanted to be like my dad.

This was the “law of replication” in action. This law says that like begets like. Dogs beget dogs. Trees beget trees. And people beget Continue reading “”

[Note: Originally posted on Catalystspace.com.]

I recently sat down with all of our worship leaders here at NewSpring Church for two hours…it was seriously an amazing series of conversations.

At one point, Lee McDerment, our worship leader at the Anderson campus asked me, “What are some things all of us need to keep in mind as we lead teams.” I gave a decent answer … but after I got back to my office I began to write my thoughts down … and here are eight things I believe that every leader needs to keep in mind when leading a team.

#1 – You will never effectively motivate someone with feelings of guilt
I’ve made that mistake as a leader before, thinking if I could just get someone to feel bad they would do a better job … WRONG! No one has ever brought about significant change in the world because Continue reading “”

I have had it on my mind for a long time now, this topic of prosperity: what the world sees it as, and what the Bible actually teaches. I can’t help but find a discorrelation between the two. God’s teaching tends to go against the grain of the world’s idea of what true success and prosperity is. So why would God be suggesting we need to be more and more physically prosperous–rich if you will?

In the Gospels, you don’t see such a teaching, but rather a teaching against it where we are actually warned against loving money too much and having too masters. We are told the rich will have a rough time getting to heaven (and compared to the rest of the world, North America is incredibly rich, so stop kidding yourself!). So why then would God want us to be preaching that He wants us to be rich?

Rich in Spirit and in Truth, but physically? Monetarily? Socially? If Christ is the ultimate example of how we are to live on this earth, why didn’t he have 24″ spinners on his donkey as He rode into Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passion week.

Something is not right here. Read Revelation 18. It talks about the rich city of Babylon, and how within an hour it was completely put to ruin. Within an hour. The prosperity the world teaches is the kind that can be taken from us in an hour, truly within a second.

Maybe I’ll have more thoughts later. peace.

So I was reading through 1 Peter 3 this morning for my devotions. And I stumbled upon a verse that I know I have read before, but just found very interesting. It’s clearly not something you’ll hear many pastors preach from a pulpit–perhaps for good reason. Continue reading “”