#20: Kids, Anxiety, and Sports: Charlie McMahan

I have long believed that God doesn’t specialize in perfection, instead God specializes in redemption. Taken the brokenness in our life and turning it in to an opportunity for glory of God to be seen on Earth. Those words could not have been more true for the ministry of my guest on this week’s podcast Charlie McMahan.

The #1 Question I've Been Asked Recently: How did you get on CNN?

The bottom line - it was some combination of dumb luck and the Holy Spirit.

See, I wasn't the first person they asked. CNN had reached out to another pastor who I am friends with, and when he was unavailable he referred them to three other pastors in Centerville (of which I was one).

I responded saying I was willing to help. The original plan was that all three of us on the email would be doing the interview, but apparently, I was the only one who responded.

Kids, Anxiety, and Sports

Dive into the anxiety, the intensity, and the overall feelings around youth sports. In my latest podcast I give a short teaser (about 15 minutes) of thoughts on the topic. However, over the next four weeks we are going to do a deep dive.

Four weeks, four interviews, and a whole lot of thought. I’m excited to be on this journey with you and I pray that this topic influences you as much as it has influenced me.

5 Mindsets During Difficult Dialogue

When Derick reached out to me about being on the podcast I wasn't sure what to expect.

I mean, the podcast is all about reclaiming the balance of faith and life: What would I do with a practicing atheist? Yet, in a rare moment of wisdom, I could feel God's nudge to lean in to what would certainly be a difficult conversation

Finding Your Ministry

You don’t need the church to share the Gospel, you don’t need the church to disciple & love your neighbor, and you certainly don’t need the church to do the right thing (whatever that right thing might be). My buddy Justin Gravitt talks about this concept in great detail in our last podcast. He goes on to say that one of the most important things we can do is to live into the ministry right where God has us.

Redefining Church: A Lesson in Community

 What if preaching isn’t really that important?  

Think about it; most preachers/teachers spend ten or so hours preparing a thirty minute message only to have the congregation digest ten minutes (?) of the actual material. And the truth is we live in a content rich environment. Almost all the great communicators are accessible via the interwebs, and if you want to listen to some outstanding messages they are literally at your fingertips.

3 Steps When You Aren't Feeling "It"

Do you ever have moments where you just aren’t feeling “it”? I don’t know what “it” is for you, but for me “it” is any number of arduous tasks that routinely face me on a daily basis. Budgets. Contracts. Basically, anything involving an excel spreadsheet. The hardest part of not feeling “it” is when the gray from Winter bleeds into the gray that becomes the early Spring.  In those moments, the ones that feel like you haven’t seen the sun in years, my motivation to do anything productive is as ugly as old snow mixed with sludge from the street.

Five Ways to Create Mental Space

Do you ever feel the tug of life? I do. I know that every day there are any number of things that often feel like the most important thing. It’s almost like every scene I’m a part of (work, sports, non-profits, home, etc.) is the most important role I will play in any given day.