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The writings and resources on this site are intended to challenge your thinking and encourage you to act in ways that help you grow. As a follower of Jesus, my faith informs and influences everything I do, but not all of my work is directed specifically toward a Christian audience. Forging Grit, for instance, is written primarily for business leaders and Followship: Servant Leaders. Serving Leaders. is corporate training material. Grow Like Jesus is clearly a discipleship book.

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small cover“If you are a brand new Christian, you have found the right book. If you have walked with Jesus for decades, you have found the right book. Whether you find yourself in the midst of running from God or you feel as close to God as you ever have, this book provides a way forward.” Nick Floyd, Teaching Pastor, Cross Church, Fayetteville, Ark.

“Faith in Christ is a one-time decision that leads to a lifetime of growth.” — Grow Like Jesus

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ForgingGrit_FC-Web (1)Forging Grit is a great read! Mike and Stephen have given us a simple, well-written story about a man whose grit is revealed through extraordinary circumstances.  If you want to understand grit better or be inspired to pursue it for your own life, pick up this book.” – Bill Dillard III, vice president, Dillard’s Inc.

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Simplifying Discipleship

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Go and make disciples. It seems like such a straightforward statement, and Jesus was clear in Matthew 28:19 that it’s not an optional activity. Yet the Church seems to struggle with the concept. When we take a fresh look at it, however, we can see that “making disciples” doesn’t have to be that hard. I didn’t realize there was an issue until I began paying closer attention following a couple of conversations with friends. Six…

Singing to the Lord

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When I became a follower of Christ in the early 1990s, I noticed something about the music of my youth: I still enjoyed it, but I listened to it differently. I heard messages, both positive and negative, that I’d never noticed in my secular state of mind. My youth was mostly in the 1970s, which everyone knows was the greatest decade. Sure, there was disco, but there was also (to name a few) Pink Floyd,…

Training my brain on scripture

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I read recently about the ways technology is changing our brains. For instance, easy access to information is training our brain to “index” rather than “retain” information. Makes sense. I can still remember my family’s home phone number from when I was growing up, but who bothers to memorize a phone number these days? And all that time I spent memorizing sports records seems like such a waste now that anything we want or need…

Finding Wisdom in Troubling Times

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Deciding on a blog topic isn’t always easy, and not always because you feel like you have nothing worth saying. I seldom have writer’s block. More often, I have writer’s fire hydrant. And the Charlottesville violence left me overwhelmed with opinions and ideas regarding racism, monuments, statues, hatred, evil, protests, politics and all sorts of other things that were spewing forth from my mind. How can I write everything I’m thinking and feeling? How can…