Weekly Newsletter: Jesus’ Unstoppable Church! + 5 People You Can Stop Pleasing + More!

by | Aug 24, 2023 | The Reflectionary

Ever struggle with people-pleasing? Yeah, me too. It’s part of our nature, it’s instigated by our culture, and it’s a serious threat to our personal health as leaders.

This week, I wrote an article I wanted to pass along inspired by Charles Stone’s book, People-Pleasing Pastors, which I highly recommend.

READ: 5 People You Don’t Have to Try to Please Anymore

Also, I’ve recently freed up a bit of space in my docket of creative projects and I’m hungry to dive into a couple of new website design projects. So…

If your church, or a business you know of, or you as a leader, are in need of a new or redesigned home on the web, please reply and let me know, or click the link below to start a conversation.

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And keep on growing!



This Week’s Big Sermon Ideas


Jesus’ Unstoppable Church

A sermon idea based on Matthew 16:13-20.

The church belongs to Jesus, and when the church remains faithful to the character and teachings of Jesus, the church is unstoppable! (I also just recorded a Walk Humble podcast episode about the church, so stay tuned for that.)

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Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:

Parallels Creative Sermon Series Idea

From the Description:

Jesus’s teachings and actions were never done in a haphazard way. Everything recorded for us points to the person and work of Jesus and his calling for those who would follow him. This series is designed to look at three stories of Jesus from the Gospels and at the disciples’ responses to these events.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


Links for Leaders

PRAYER REQUEST: Less a resource and more just a plea for prayer, pray for the people living in the Saddleback Valley of southern California who awoke to the tragic news of a mass shooting at a local well-known biker hangout, just a short distance from Saddleback Church. See Pastor Rick Warren’s Instagram post for more information.

ARTICLE FOR DADS: One of my favorite email newsletters is The Daily Dad. One of their recent issues really spoke to me about my role as a father and family man. Check out You Already Blew Up Your Life (Hint: It’s NOT about sin, or a guilt-trip, it’s more enlightening than that.)

RESEARCH: LifeWay Research just released the findings of a study that concludes prosperity gospel teachings are rising in popularity in America. I provide this purely for informational purposes – it’s a trend to take note of.

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The Latest from Walk Humble

Walk Humble is where I host an ongoing conversation about life, faith, and relationships among people brave enough to admit they don’t have life all figured out yet. Here’s the latest if you’re interested…

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