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One only needs to be a sports fan to be faced with this question.

BBC ran an interview with Lance Armstrong. He essentially said, “I would cheat again, I would just treat people better.” Armstrong was famous for vehemently opposing those who questioned him.

In American football, the Super Bowl bound New England Patriots find themselves in a scandal. We give names to these common occurrences, this one labeled as “Deflate-gate.” It centers around evidence that the balls were deflated, giving the quarterback an easier grip. Years ago, the star quarterback admitted this preference for a slightly deflated ball. The coach has crossed the line in the past. Did they do it?

The endless stream of denials of athletes and famous people have taken on an unbelievable feel. “I knew nothing of this” means just that, nothing.

Especially from people who have done it before.

Top Books of 2014

November 22, 2014

Each year, one of the popular features of NoSuperHeroes is a look back at the best books I’ve read in 2014.

Take a look at my list and add your favorites in the comments section below.

Here, in no particular order, are the top books of 2014.

With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God

With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. I say these are in no particular order, but this book is far and away the best I have read this year. Counting the number of blog posts which drew inspiration from it illustrates this. Take a look at:

As readers of this blog know, I recently blogged the Catalyst 14 conference in Atlanta. The lineup was full of world-class speakers such as Andy Stanley, Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, Charles Duhigg, and more. Worship was led by Matt Redman.

Through my time there I interacted with a number of other volunteers from the local area. It was interesting to see a disconnect.

While the arena was full of 10,000 learners and worshippers, locals were heard to say things like:

“Can we leave early?” and “Do we really need to hear another message?”

catalyst worship

I saw many of them staring mindlessly at their cell phones while around them people were paying money to encounter God. Perhaps it was because Atlanta has a world-class event seemingly every month!

The ExtraOrdinary had become Ordinary.

Before we point the finger at Catalyst and Atlanta area volunteers, lets consider other areas.

The Power of Habit

October 6, 2014

Recently I served as a part of the Blogger Team at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. Catalyst gathers excellent speakers to inspire the church.

Charles Duhigg is the Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, an innovative and powerful new book about change. Here are my notes.

We are in a golden age of understanding how habits work, with an incredibly powerful position to have habits change.

Habits are an interesting mix of reason, science, and faith.

The actions in the brains of rats, when fulfilling a habit is the same as when it sleeps. This is the neurology of a habit.

How many of us have arrived at work and wondered how we arrived? It’s a habit. Your brain lapses into an automatic behavior.

I was shocked with a revelation the other day.

Many of the things I do to my children, I would never dream of doing in my leadership.

Parenting and leadership have many similarities even though the tools are applied in radically different ways.

Most people would describe me as a gracious, releasing, and encouraging leader. I give people the freedom to make mistakes and do not micro manage.

If I look at my parenting, I can tend to be:
– Critical rather than gracious.
– Controlling rather than releasing.
– Speaking about areas of growth far more than encouraging.
– Attempting to prevent mistakes my children might make.
– Micro-manage their lives rather than allowing them to “make a mess.”

I know parenting is very different than leading adults, but I was shocked when I looked at my “leadership” through this lens.

by Patrik Goethe

by Patrik Goethe