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The Conspiracy of Pumpkin Spice Lattes – and 5 Other Things I Love About Fall

There are Six Things I love about the Fall…  (1). The Pretense of loving Hot Apple Cider & Pumpkin Spice Lattes:  Do we actually like these drinks? Heck no. That’s why we only tolerate them once a year. Imagine if you had a friend and you could only stand to see them once a year (&…
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The Jaw Dropping Benefits of Church Attendance

In my book Pharisectomy, I put a lot of random research about the church. People were riveted by my statements on how church attendance affects life expectancy; but, that was just the tip of the ice-berg. So, if you needed more motivation to search for that awesome church in your region, here’s five reasons:  5 Statistical benefits…
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Cool Updates on Substance’s Building & More

What’s Up Substance?!    I miss all of you! Our vacation in Florida has been rocking. Thanks for praying for us. And in case you were wondering why there’s been a sudden burst of guest speakers, it’s because my family and I are near to the end of our 3-week family road-trip. But, I have…
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Meet Several of Our Newest Staff – “Substance Vision” Update!

As many of you know, Substance has been growing! Based on our recent surveys, we probably average close to 110 visitors a week. In fact, in the last eight months alone, we’ve had over 1000 new people fill out connection cards for getting involved. Not surprisingly, we’ve been very intentional about building up our staff. And for…
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How to Scientifically Increase (or Kill) the Creativity of Your Church

Creativity is an essential component for my job.  From the humor of my book Pharisectomy to creating a fresh sermon series, I’m always looking for inspiration. My closest friends know that I obsess over script writing and music production.  And especially as Substance makes plans to launch into some serious films and albums, I’m extremely protective about who…
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New Law Designed to Financially Sink Churches

If you’re a Christian in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana, get ready: U.S. district judge, Barbara Crabb, recently made a move to strip ministers of a critical tax-benefit that helps everyone – regardless of religious backgrounds.  The goal of this legal change is simple: to economically sink churches. And the Freedom from Religion Foundation that has…
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5 Huge Economic Benefits of Church

As a sizable multi-site church, we will probably always be looking at properties. But no matter where we look, it’s getting harder and harder for churches to get into facilities. I’ll never forget the awful feeling: Our church had sunk tens of thousands of dollars into vetting a property. Against all odds, we got the…
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The Conspiracy of Pumpkin Spice Lattes – and 5 Other Things I Love About Fall

There are Six Things I love about the Fall…  (1). The Pretense of loving Hot Apple Cider & Pumpkin Spice Lattes:  Do we actually like these drinks? Heck no. That’s why we only tolerate them once a year. Imagine if you had a friend and you could only stand to see them once a year…
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What Hell & Sex have in Common – Thoughts on Tough Questions

I’m always trying to find a way to make talking about hell easier (hence the catchy blog title : )  But talking about hell is a lot like talking about sex.  Immature married couples find it hard to share how they really feel with their spouse – when they’re unsatisfied or when things simply aren’t…
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Big Facility Update for Substance Members!

By now, you’ve probably heard we’ve got big changes coming down the pike. We are incredibly close to locking into a sizable property.  We’ve actually put in offers to purchase on various places (with no success); and, as irritating as it is to continue looking, we believe that God has an amazing destination for us!…
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