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Confessions of A Small-Church Pastor

Palm Sunday: A Service of Lessons and Prayers

For this Palm Sunday, we took a different approach. We combined elements of the Liturgy of the Palms about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, with elements of the...


beauty and depravity

A vision has sprouted: Churches Standing Together for Oso Mudslide Relief.

It’s been such a heavy week processing all the news from the tragedy of the mudslides in Snohomish County in Washington or otherwise known by locals as the Oso Mudslide. On...


Rhett Smith

Be the ‘Life-Giving’ Man That You and Others Deserve

Are you a ‘life-giving’ man? That is a question that I am often asked. It’s a term that I began to talk about in my last book, What it Means to be a Man. But...


Frankly Speaking

Figuring It Out At Finish Line

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All Praise Blog

The Kind of Worshipper God Wants

John 4:23-24 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God...


Agile Ministry

Taking a Sabbatical

After much prayer and consideration, I have decided that it is time to put Volunteer Centered on hold for a bit and take a break. I have been writing for 5 years and have said ...


Ipiphanist (Show + Tell)

Journey’s End

Thanks for stopping by.This blog capturing my thoughts during NewSpring’s experiment in online church has run its course. Below are my favorite and most provocative posts...



Successful Interviewing

Congratulations!  You’ve been invited to a sit-down interview.  This means that you’ve already passed through some very significant thresholds on your path to...


Levite Chronicles

Bonhoeffer by Metaxas – my video review

One of my goals for the year is to read new books and talk about  them. This month I read Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (affiliate link). It’s a...


Church Communications Pro

One easy way to improve your ministry communications at no cost

An open letter to pastors and ministry leaders: For almost two decades, I have helped churches across the US and Canada with communications consulting and training. I work with...


Solar Crash... Where heaven and earth collide.

10,000 days

After a bliss-filled reflective Father’s Day a couple months ago, I decided to take stock of my life and worked out that I have about 10,000 good working days left....


Outside The Box Ministry

Help 1 million people find hope in Jesus this Easter!

You are invited to be part of a concerted effort to share our faith by blogging, tweeting, posting and sharing #FallingPlates on various social networks. #FallingPlates is a...

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Altar Ego Book Release

I’m really excited about the release of Craig’s newest book, Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are. We are wrapping up a series by the same name at


Business as Mission Network

The New Work as Worship Network site with RightNow

Seven years ago a conversation began here on this Business as Mission Network site. It was a conversation that started because too many Christians spend a great deal of time at...


Prodigal Magazine

I Have So Much to Learn From My Sister, Africa

I sit on the ground with her, this woman in the brightly printed dress and crow’s feet from the Widow’s Village in Rwanda. She sits with a thud, because the genocide...


Brian Barela's Blog

Passion is Central to The Future of Work

I discovered Somewhere yesterday, a new platform (only requesting invitations at this stage) that aims to help people “show the world what they do and how they work.”...