How to rid your life of drama.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “as a man thinks (or calculates) in his heart, so he is.” This past week was a big day in the Halpin house because my oldest son was fitted with braces for his teeth.  Clayton is an impressive kid who succeeds at many things.  He is a great kid, who also has…

Sunday quote- Possessed by possessions

“Never have so many Christians believed the lie that their money and possessions are theirs to do with as they please. Never have so many thought that as long as they affirm with their lips a certain doctrinal statement, they may live their lives indifferent to human need and divine command, and all will turn…

How to fix your family (Part 1)

I started a new sermon series this week at my church about family relationships.  I believe that the content of this series is game changing- even if you aren’t a Christian. The first topic was “raising the bar”. Simply put, how do you have high standards in your home, or business, or relationships without becoming anal…

Getting Better thanks to my Ipod

I’ve spent the last few days listening to some audio books on my IPOD.  I can listen to them at double speed and I write down notes while I listen, so I can retain it.  Both of the books I listened to are old Malcolm Gladwell books.  Outliers was really good and Blink could have…

Repost: Secrets from the first 10 years of marriage

I thought I’d repost this from 2009.  It was a series of blog posts that focused on things I learned from my first decade of marriage.1.  Lesson 1: The covenant2.  Lesson 2:  Set the bar3.  Lesson 3: Talk about sex4.  Lesson 4: Fight FairI’ll post the rest of them tomorrow.

My Steve Jobs post

I’m not the biggest die-hard Apple guy, but I appreciate the vision of Steve Jobs and the leadership it took to achieve such a big vision. In my opinion, this is one of his best speeches, even better than the Stanford commencement:

The Theology Of Leadership

Everything in life comes from God. That means that we are stewards, first and foremost.  Stewards of our time, treasures and talents.  Stewards of our kids, cars, everything else.  But most of all, we are stewards of ourselves.  No one seems to view life through this lens.  Life is about leadership.  Leading yourself.  Leading yourself…

Things I’m Thinking About (Part 1)

Here are a few things about church and stuff that I have been considering lately… 1.  Church Culture:I believe that the culture of a church is often accidental; it just happens.  If we aren’t intentional, church becomes un fun, un rewarding, and un productive.We must be intentional when we celebrate wins, celebrate people, grow spiritually,…

The Unity Factor

I don’t think it’s an accident that Jesus predicted church growth but prayed for unity. – Larry Osborne- Sticky Teams Church unity  is often underestimated in the overall scheme of leading a church.  One of the biggest challenges I’ve experienced as a pastor is the challenge to keep everyone moving in the same direction.  It…

Things I learned from buying a used car

Because we are committed to staying debt free and because we are saving everything we can in order to adopt our baby girl from Ethiopia, we made the decision to buy a clunker car this past Saturday.  We paid cash and bought a cheap car.  Yes we could have financed a sweet ride, but it would…

Breaking through the wall

As Connection Point has been going for about 25 weeks now, we have experienced some awesome moments.  We’ve seen alot of new faces join our team.  We’ve seen a steady flow of new people each week and God is blessing us. Starting a church is an incredibly rewarding experience.  Now that Connection Point Church is off…

You’ve got to know what you believe…

I had an interesting conversation yesterday. I was getting my vehicle inspected and began talking with the man doing the inspection. He told me that he used to be a Christian until one day a customer gave him a Bible. He said he read it several times and then became convinced that the God of…

Default on Trust

Men, here is a great opportunity to lead within your marriage. As the leader of my house, there are certain things I try to lead my wife to do. Today’s idea is one of those things.. As a pastor and a former student pastor, I have noticed that many people (and almost all ladies…) have…

Responsibilities are not an excuse.

Most of us have dreams to change the world. Some even have dreams to conquer it. Somewhere along the way, however, we get caught up in our day to day live and forget what we wanted to accomplish with our lives… I have had numerous conversations with people who feel trapped by the decisions they’ve…