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Book Review: “Resonate” by Nancy Duarte

Posted by nbarnes on October 25, 2010 in Books and Reading |

“Movements are started, products are purchased, philosophies are adopted, subject matter is mastered — all with the help of presentations. Great presenters transform audiences.”

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Book Reviews For You By Me

Posted by nbarnes on October 25, 2010 in Books and Reading |

I love reading. I love the fact that I can learn pretty much anything I want just by heading out to he library, book store, or by jumping on the interweb to do a little research.  So, I decided that one of the things I would like to do on my blog here from time [...]

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God Was In The Darkness, & I Did Not Know It

Posted by nbarnes on December 16, 2009 in God Thoughts, My Life |

This past week was a tough week. It’s not that I was drowning in the depths of depression, or anything like that, it was just a low week. They happen every now and then, and you just need to wait them out, kind of like the flu, without the weight-loss. What bothers me about these times is how hard it is for me to see God and to know that he is present. Well, maybe “know” is the wrong word. That’s the problem with the dark times, it’s not what we know that’s in question, it’s more a question of what we feel.

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Cultivating a Learner’s Heart

Posted by nbarnes on December 4, 2009 in Practical Advice on Faith, Pseudo-Psychology |

So what do you do to keep learning? What was the last book you read that really stretched you and made you engage with questions you hadn’t thought of before? When you’re in a conversation with someone new, are you just trying to dazzle them with your brilliance, or are you allowing the experience to be a learning one? How aware are you for the chances to learn something that are around you all the time?

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Procrastinating Processing Prose Pertaining to Proscratination

Posted by nbarnes on October 8, 2009 in Books and Reading, My Life, Pseudo-Psychology |

Lately, I’ve been struggling more than usual with the problem of procrastination.  I have big plans, and ideas, task lists, and dreams, but I just can’t seem to get them done.  It’s as if there’s always something else that needs doing, or that gets my attention.  It feels a bit like high school again, when [...]

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Misguided Promotions

Posted by nbarnes on August 31, 2009 in God Thoughts, My Life |

So a few weeks ago I was down in the states for a friends wedding. My buddy Aaron and his fiance, Joanna, were scheduled to exchange their vows, and commit themselves to each other for the rest of their lives and they felt that I should be present to witness this occasion.

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Re-Thinking Missional Children’s Ministry

Posted by nbarnes on August 28, 2009 in Church, Practical Advice on Faith |

I have been wrestling, as a pastor, and church leader, with some of the missional concepts and also with some of the questions that need to help us understand how we got here in the first place. As I’ve been reading, and talking with others on the missional journey, I have noticed a disturbing gap in the thinking and theorizing that’s been done so far. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of talk about what children’s ministry might look like in this missional paradigm. In fact, it seems to me that a lot of the churches that might be considered to be missional are actually undermining themselves in their children’s ministry.

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SillyFest 2009

Posted by nbarnes on August 10, 2009 in My Life, Pseudo-Psychology |

When’s the last time you did something silly? When’s the last time you ordered a coffee at Starbucks and told them your name was Franklint, with a “P”? Or, when was the last time you struck up a conversation with a random cashier and did everything in your power to get her laughing hysterically? I think the world needs more silliness in it, especially these days.

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Right Focus

Posted by nbarnes on June 28, 2009 in Church |

“Focus on your product/message/service/etc. Don’t spend time talking about your competition or berating them. Focus on what you do well, and let your audience make their own comparisons.”

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Telescopes, Bibles and Mars

Posted by nbarnes on June 22, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church, God Thoughts |

What if our view of the bible is getting in the way of what the bible was supposed to be and do?  I tackle this question in my latest vlog. Watch my video diary on YouTube.

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