3 Ways to Hurdle the Big Blogging Hump

Writer's Block much?

Writer’s Block much?

“How do I start a blog?”

“I’ve got a great idea for a blog.”

I hear things like that all the time.  Friends will excitedly tell me, “Hey, check out my new blog!”  They write a few great posts, but after a month or two it dries up on the vine.

Although this blog in one form or another has been around for almost 7 years I can honestly tell you that there are a few blogger blogs(that’s blogspot for you newbies) floating in cyber oblivion

The Land Full of Excuses

edge of cliff

There are lots of excuses to stay where you are.

 

Fear.  It can be paralyzing.  I believe fear and excuses were born on the same day.  Excuses are a dime a dozen.  They even have apps to help you come up with a good excuse for various scenarios.  As a habitual procrastinator I have created and used excuses for most of my life for things like not making the honor roll, being late to work, not getting a project done on time, being late to meetings, not riding certain roller coasters, being late for a date, needing extra time to finish a paper, being late to pick up my kids, and not posting to my blog regularly.  Somewhere along the way, there was some fear involved.  Fear that caused a domino effect in too many situations to list.

As a father, fear is not an excuse.  

In his book 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. Matthew Sleeth writes:

For the most part, people in our culture do not need more. We need to recognize how much we have. The Sabbath is a reality check. It says you have enough. Try to get more, and your manna will turn to maggots.

Sleeth, Matthew (2012-10-18). 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life (p. 128). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

 

24/6 (Tyndale, 2012), 127-128

The Christian Conference I Would Love to Attend

The Christian conference I would love to attend

Well, it’s that time of year again:  Christian Conference season.  Actually, according to this there is no off-season anymore for Christian conferences.  They are a big deal and big business plus you never know who you’re going to see there.  Here’s a list of 8 great conferences.  I will be going down to Exponential in Orlando with my wife and several hundred Wesleyans.  I’ll be the guy walking around with a camera and a mic.  I’m also attending the InCite Conference at newhope church in Durham, NC this June.  I recently got an invite to conference this fall that I have never attended.  I was intrigued, but ultimately disappointed when I looked at what they were offering.  With that in mind

Pastor Jeremiah Clements joined me to discuss how the Community Bible Experience was going at his church. Wesleyans all around the world are reading through the New Testament before Easter as part of the #40daybible movement with Biblica.

A Challenge to the Wesleyan Church

fishingboatsIt’s that time of year again in the Wesleyan Church.  It’s time to fill out year end reports.  Some people don’t like doing them.  Some openly complain about them on Facebook forums.  Many say that we don’t really measure the things that really matter.  I was blessed when I first became a Senior Pastor to have someone give me a spreadsheet to enter weekly and monthly statistics.  This makes year end reporting a breeze so you won’t hear any bashing from me.

One of the things we measure is baptisms.  We measure other things too like church attendance and salvations, but I won’t to speak to the issue of baptisms.  As I’ve been reading through the New Testament as part of the #40daybible Community Bible Experience I see lots of people joining the new movement of Christianity.