Lessons In Endings and New Beginnings

Every new beginning comes with some other beginning’s end. – Semisonic / Closing Time. Just a few months ago I preached my own take on that line from Closing Time that went like this: God is always writing new beginnings into the endings of our lives. Maybe not as cool as the Semisonic lyric but…

2019 Reading List

I have been hanging out in Greenville, South Carolina for the last few days while my wife Laura is attending a conference.  Greenville is a really great little city. It’s got an awesome park and river walk area, plenty of good food and coffee shops, some interesting history, and, probably my favorite part: M Judson…

Ignite The Church Conference 2019

Thankful to have the opportunity to present again this year for the Ignite The Church Conference. This conference is one of the projects of my dad, Jeff Linman, who is so passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and challenging the church to bring about renewal. It’s fun to celebrate with him as we welcome about 70 people from…

7 Ideas To Elevate Your Preaching (Or Public Speaking Or Writing)

Don’t write this post off just because you don’t preach regularly!  If you communicate in public in any way: presentations at work, teaching students, training co-workers, writing content, speaking to organizations and groups, I think these ideas can help you. Think about these realities we live with: TedTalks and easy access to millions of speakers…

Tyler Trent And Light In The Wilderness Of Life

I don’t mean to start the new year on a sad note, but I just got an email from a co-worker sharing the ESPN article about Tyler Trent’s death. If you don’t know about Tyler, he’s the 20-year-old Purdue superfan who has inspired thousands while battling cancer for the past 5 years. If you haven’t seen…

Where Is The Good Way? Or What To Do When Life Gets Crazy

There were a million things racing through my head this morning (after a few cups of coffee, of course!). Laura and I returned from a wonderful vacation early this morning and now it’s back to the grind: we are weeks away from some of the biggest events of our year and the return of our…

That Time Jesus Told A Woman To Preach To Men

I’ve had a post about women as preachers and leaders in the Church in my drafts folder for a few months now. Laura and I moving to Georgia had me focused on other things. But then a pastor/writer/speaker from Minneapolis named John Piper said some things and gave me the inspiration I needed to finish! Cliffs Notes…

Team of Rivals

I just finished “reading” Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I use quotes because I listened to the book on Audible…all 41 hours of it!! While the subtitle of the book is “The political genius of Abraham Lincoln” you could easily replace ‘political’ with the word ‘leadership.’  Lincoln was an incredible leader. The book…

What To Do When Fear Is Winning

Today I was ready to write a scathing tirade against anyone opposing immigration and the welcoming of refugees into this country. I had a nice first draft but, as my wife so kindly reminded me, that would be missing the point! As I’ve thought about it, I’m not as much frustrated with the conversations and…

Lives Worthy Of Imitation

A few weeks back I was reading through 2 Chronicles with the Moravian Daily Texts. Even as a history buff Chronicles is pretty boring.  Nothing much was catching my eye until I came across the story of King Zedekiah in 2 Chronicles 36:11-14.  Zedekiah begins to rule and “does evil in the eyes of the…