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Leaders must be learners, and one of the best ways I learn is listening to other leaders. I enjoy reading books about church, theology, and church leadership, and I enjoy listening to podcasts. The great thing about podcasts is that I can listen to them in the car and when I’m relaxing. I even listen to podcasts while I mow the

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It is a sad day in college football. Today is Frank Beamer’s final home game as head coach at Virginia Tech. Frank has been a steady constant in a world of change. As a Virginia Tech student, I was there in Shreveport, Louisiana for the 1993 Independence Bowl. I was even at the 1994 Gator Bowl when Peyton Manning dominated against

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Jennifer and I just got back from a great weekend.  We spent the weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the FamilyLife Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaway. I’ve got to be honest, I was a little skeptical about going. I had envisioned  awkward conversations with couples I had never met, but the conference really surprised me in a good way. There were about

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I’m already sick of the constant bickering by political candidates. We have a desperate need for strong leadership in our world today. So what does that type of leadership look like? What characteristics and traits should we be looking for in our leaders? Unfortunately, I feel that many people in our country are looking at the wrong qualities for our leaders.

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A local TV station recently did a story about our city. It’s interesting that many of the video and camera shots from their story are taken from our church parking lot and show the local community that surrounds us here in Galax. Here are a few quick facts they shared: 67 percent of students in the Galax City School System

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I’ve been working on an idea for a book for a few months. Most books and conferences are focused on larger churches in large cities. What about small churches in small towns? They feel left out and alone, forgotten and misunderstood. True success for a church should be based on its faithfulness, not its size. One of the most rewarding aspects

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Jennifer and I were able to sneak away for a few days this week to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We have always said we wanted to take a big trip to the islands, so for this trip, we ended up camping in a tent on Bear Island at Hammocks Island State Park in North Carolina. We had an awesome time, and

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For the past five years, I have helped coordinate the Leadercast right here in our hometown of Galax. It has been a great partnership between local small business leaders, church leaders, and Crossroads. My passion is developing leaders, and that’s why I decided to get a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership from the Seminary at Liberty University. One of the biggest

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Review: Invitation, Volume 1 by 10,000 Fathers I’ve been listening to this album all week and it has quickly become one of my favorite worship albums. 10,000 Fathers is a small group of worship leaders organized and taught by Aaron Keyes and his team.  This school is focused on discipling worship leaders, and Invitation, Volume 1 is their first combined album

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Luke shared this TEDx video with me last week. Victor Wooten is an incredible bass player and I have enjoyed listening to him play over the years. In this video, he shares a unique concept about learning how to play an instrument. Luke loved this, and it really fits his style of learning. Instead of structured practice, Wooten shares the

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I have a new favorite blog. My 16 year old daughter has started writing and sharing her thoughts through her new blog.  She writes about her journey of faith and issues of self-identity, relationships, struggles, and temptations. Emma has a gift with words, and she has a great outlook on life. She is a very special young woman, and I

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