Book Review: 7 Lessons for New Pastors

Before we can make any plans for the church, we must know the sheep well.  Take every opportunity to become familiar with members of your church. Don't rush into your action plans too quickly. - from the book 7 Lessons for New Pastors, page 96 Matthew D. Kim wrote this helpful book after his first … Continue reading Book Review: 7 Lessons for New Pastors

Sometimes You Just Need a Donut

I have to be honest with you: I'm not loving life right now.  It's COLD. Oh so cold. No more football for like 260 days.  We are in this season of waiting on God to tell us what's next.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm a very blessed man.  I have an OUTSTANDING wife and awesome kids.  We … Continue reading Sometimes You Just Need a Donut

Book Review: The Wounded Healer

"The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there."- Henri Nouwen As young leaders, we gather knowledge and experience and think that alone will help us become great leaders. I now believe that it is only after a leader has lived … Continue reading Book Review: The Wounded Healer

Book Review- The Contemplative Pastor

The pastor's question is, "Who are these particular people, and how can I be with them in such a way that they can become what God is making them?"- Eugene Peterson I'm currently in a "wait and see" season of life.  I've described it to a friend as feeling like a shepherd with no flock.  Our … Continue reading Book Review- The Contemplative Pastor

Big Changes for the Lindeen Family!

A little over two years ago, God called us to leave our friends and family in Colorado and move 1,000 miles away to Madison, Wisconsin, to become Church Planters. I came on staff with Converge Great Lakes (formerly known as Great Lakes Baptist Conference and part of the Baptist General Conference) as a Church Planting … Continue reading Big Changes for the Lindeen Family!

Reflections on the Psalms: 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Psalm 23:1-3 (KJV) This is probably the most well known chapter in the Bible.  … Continue reading Reflections on the Psalms: 23rd Psalm

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

There I was, at the gym, pumping iron, and feeling good.  I was lifting more weight than I had ever lifted before in my life! And then it happened.  I looked over, saw some skinny dude racking up the weight on his bar, and lift more weight and pound out more reps than what I … Continue reading Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Getting Stuff Done

Everyone has their own system for getting things done.  However, some people are more effective than others!  Your system is designed to get you the exact results you are currently getting.  Maybe its time to try something else.  Check out this great blog by author Donald Miller on his system for getting things done: Here's … Continue reading Getting Stuff Done

3 Ways Great Leaders Stay Sharp

I think most people want to know how to be a better leader.  I ran across some great thoughts from from David Santistevan so I thought I would share.  Although this was written to worship leaders, I think it applies to any kind of leader: How do you stay sharp as a worship leader? You … Continue reading 3 Ways Great Leaders Stay Sharp