Becoming Something Maybe

Becoming Something Maybe

We've got some big news from the Docusen family on our next season of ministry ... we are starting a new organization called The Neighborliness Center. Instead of waiting until everything is perfectly ready to share the news, we've decided to invite our friends into the journey in a new YouTube channel called Becoming Something Maybe. It's a channel that will explore the entrepreneurial spirit ... with all the ups and downs that go along with starting something new. Feel free to share the link with your entrepreneur friends so we can learn from and encourage each other. I hope you'll join us...

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Lent 2021 – A Season of Fasting, Prayer, and Preparation

Lent 2021 – A Season of Fasting, Prayer, and Preparation

Would you give up a few things that you enjoy to cultivate your relationship with the person you love the most? That's the idea behind a season of fasting and prayer called Lent. Lent is the 40-day period of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter that helps us focus our attention on God. Fasting, quite simply, is removing something from your normal routine and replacing that time with prayer and reflection toward God. I highly recommend some sort of a fast multiple times per year. The spiritual and physical benefits are well-documented. People mistakenly assume that fasting is simply going...

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New Neighborliness Sermon Series, Small Group, and Churchwide Resources for 2021

Pastors and church leaders! After being a pastor in the local church for twenty years, I know how important it is to have the right message at the right time for your church family. I believe that the message of Neighborliness is a timely word from God for our nation. It's been a joy to see people all across the country using our resources to spark conversations that help us practically embody the presence of Jesus for our neighbors. Neighborliness has been used in every imaginable setting across racial, economic, and cultural lines in our country. I have been so encouraged to see the way...

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How to Teach Your Kids (or Yourself) to Read the Bible & Pray in 2021

"Dad, I really want to read and Bible and pray, but sometimes I just don't know what to read or say." My son, Max, looked back at me with a genuine look in his eyes. He continued, "Sometimes I walk in and see you reading the Bible or hear you praying in the morning and I just wish I knew how to do that for forty-five minutes or an hour." My four kids are amazing. They love Jesus and share his love with others. But like any other teenagers, they are still learning what it means to have spiritual disciplines. I spent quite a bit of time at the end of the 2020 reading, thinking through, and...

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Racial/Economic Unity: A Six-Month Framework for Your Church or Organization

Racial/Economic Unity: A Six-Month Framework for Your Church or Organization

What are you doing to intentionally move toward racial and economic unity/diversity in your church or organization? This is a question that is vitally important to ministering/leading in the context of our culture. The world is watching. I think that the church and God-honoring organizational leaders can be a shining beacon of light that stand out in the darkness. However, there has to be a practical plan. Seeing churches respond to the message of my book, Neighborliness, has been awesome, but I my favorite piece of the journey has been seeing the way that pastors and community leaders have...

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How to Discover & Create Family Values

How to Discover & Create Family Values

Dara and I went on a three-day beach trip to clarify the vision for Center City Church in 2014. The church we planted in 2010 was firmly rooted in the Uptown Charlotte community at that point. The idea was to break away, enjoy time together, and prayerfully consider the way we would articulate the vision and values of our beautiful church family. We returned home three days later with a family mission statement and five family values. ----------------------- Huge Post-It Notes are one of my love languages. You know the kind that you can stick on the wall and see from across the room? Those...

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Is Your Church Prepared to Help America Face the Looming Eviction Crisis? (RELEVANT Magazine Article)

Is Your Church Prepared to Help America Face the Looming Eviction Crisis? (RELEVANT Magazine Article)

**I wrote this article for RELEVANTmagazine.com (published on September 14, 2020). ------------------------------ As Harold put away the groceries he received from his church’s food pantry, he found himself treating his cabinets and kitchen appliances with more care, the way people do when they are guests in an acquaintances home. He knew that soon a stranger would occupy his apartment. Unsure of where he and his sons would land come January, Harold fought against the anxiety and impending doom that 2020 carried in all its unprecedented glory. He could almost hear the proverbial clock...

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The Team Behind the Message (Thank You)

The Team Behind the Message (Thank You)

The night before the release of my first book, Neighborliness: Finding the Beauty of God Across Dividing Lines, I want to introduce you to the team behind the message at the Fedd Agency. (From left to right in the pic above) My agent, Esther Fedorkevich, has been a friend for over twenty years. She always believed in me and this message, but she also courageously told me I wasn’t ready a few years ago when we first talked about working together. She told me to patiently wait for the message to form in my heart first. She told me she would be there when I was ready. This book is the fruit of...

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Understanding American History … and Each Other

Understanding American History … and Each Other

I am so grateful to live in America, but I want to live in an America that is fully awake to the experience of our neighbors. People all over the country are celebrating the July 4th holiday. On this date in 1776, 13 American colonies declared independence from England. However, did you know that many people of color in our country do not celebrate July 4th? Instead, many prefer to celebrate on June 19th each year - known as Juneteenth. This was the date - 91 years later on June 19, 1865 - that the final slaves were set free in Galveston, TX. To understand American history, we have to open...

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Juneteenth: Resources to Teach Your Kids (and yourself?)

Juneteenth is a holiday that is full of spiritual significance and meaningful imagery. If you did not come from a background that celebrated this holiday, there is no better day than today (Juneteenth is today!) to start to learn. My hope is that one day soon Juneteenth will be recognized as a national holiday and celebrated across the country with family and friends. Here's a video that we showed the kids today. We got together in the living room and watched the video and then simply talked about what we saw. Passing on the spirit of...

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