You can know…

“Because we’ve always done it that way” is a phrase every leader has heard. It was also one of the common phrases at Sears, Montgomery Ward, K-Mart, Blockbuster, Plymouth and more. I think it will also be a common phrase at WalMart, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and others. Why? Because when an organization gets successful and influential, they usually get protective. I had a pastor tell me one time that the vision for his church was “to protect those that got us here”. It WAS the largest church of its’ denomination in the state. Sadly, defense is necessary to play a game, but it rarely if ever wins the championship. As Wayne Gretzky used to say, “I skate to where the puck is going to be”.

In 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 is this famous phrase:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.”

I truly believe that as Christians, if you ask the God who dwells in you for new concepts and ideas, He is faithful to bring them to you. Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings”. My true belief is that God is not hiding things FROM us, He’s hiding them FOR us. I believe He wants us to know what’s next.

How Much is Enough?

I received this question from a good friend the other day. It’s not uncommon to have these questions and I thought you might like to see my answer.

I have edited the response to protect his identity. Here is a bit of background. We have known each other for several years, and at one time he was making a very good income in his field. His children are now grown and out of the house.

His Question:

Where in the bible does it speak of biblical responsibilities of husbands and wives? We’re still struggling financially and my wife is frustrated that perhaps I am not doing all I should to “provide” for my family. I work 40-50 hours a week @$12 an hour at my job. It isn’t enough for us to survive and we’re hurting. My wife believes that it my job as husband and provider to deal with this and other financial obligations we both have made Continue reading

What’s in YOUR dash?

This post originally was published as an article called “The End of the Road for Radio in your Car?” on www.hisair.net

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Another week, another brand-new(ish) car. Such is the life of the traveler. For the last ten years, I have made my living travelling the country working with various businesses in helping them find money. For radio stations, it’s vision and fund-raising. For car dealerships it’s finding money in their rebate processes. For every business in 27 states, it’s saving money on gas and electric bills. I am on the road a lot. And because of that, I wanted to make some observations about in-car entertainment.

Recently, Eric Rhodes of RadioINK (www.radioink.com) caused quite a stir when he talked about a conversation regarding in-dash entertainment. Continue reading

Don’t be a Blockbuster!

I am travelling this week and marvelling at the ubiquity and ease of use of Netflix. I can watch the rest of a movie I started at home on my laptop here in Renton, Washington. I can remember the days of “be kind, please rewind” being a part of the home entertainment experience, and if I wanted to watch a movie on the road, I would either have to bring the tape with me or go to a nearby Blockbuster to rent the same movie. I never did that. It made me think about how things are changing for Blockbuster and how they are in danger of staying the same for Christian radio. Continue reading

Beyond Minimum Coverage

Tonight on the way home from a trip, I passed by the corporate headquarters for an insurance company here in Columbus. SafeAuto is a pioneer in state minimum insurance. Their only point of business is providing minimum auto insurance coverage, and they have made a successful business of it in 16 states, mostly east of the Mississippi.

At the same time, I had just finished listening to a sermon by Pastor Gary Keesee from Faith Life Church in New Albany, Ohio regarding the Good Samaritan. While I have heard sermons on the subject of being a good neighbor (Hey! That’s another insurance company’s slogan!), I had never heard one particular point brought out. And that was, “Why did Jesus mention the inn and paying the innkeeper?” Continue reading

Abundant Broadcasters

In the 35 years that I have been in and around the business, we have grown so much. Recently, I have been listening to Classic Christian 24/7, an online station, featuring artist from early Imperials to Twila Paris and Joe English. While their message was great, the production quality today is so much greater than it was then.

In my travels, I have heard Christian Radio stations in about 45 states. Many of them do a good job, but I think there is a danger lurking, and it’s not production quality. We are in danger of becoming narcissists. Continue reading