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In life we pass mile markers. Some recognize these as points in the process for what they are, mile markers. Unfortunately, some people see mile markers as finish lines. As they pass a marker, they slow down. They stop working as hard. They think they have lost, or worse that they have won, yet there is still so much in front of them. Some people pass a mile marker and they quit.

From projects to organizations, personal to professional, goals to achievement, you have to be able to define a mile marker and tell the difference between a mile marker and the finish line. When you start the race you should know where the finish line is, and what it looks like. Then, as you pass mile markers you will know how to regulate your speed, how much ground you need to make up, how to pace yourself and your staff. Mile markers allow you to quantify momentum. Mile markers are awesome, they are IMPORTANT, but they are not finish line.

The saddest thing I see is when people have so much further to go, so much more potential, the ability to make history, and they slow up when they pass a mile marker thinking the race is over. Keep running, never quit, do not settle for the GOOD mile marker when the GREAT mile marker is the finish line!

LETS RUN!


I have watched the preview episode of this show, and I encourage you to set your DVR/TIVO and invest the few short hours to be educated on what it is like to be BLACK IN AMERICA. I can not wait to see the full episodes and the depth to the stories. You can follow the link to watch the preview show as well. It is important to understand culture, history, and where we are headed as a country.

Again, for the gazzilionth time, I am not endorsing any candidate. I have not made a decision on where my vote will live. That being said, Obama has a FANTASTIC brand. This guy gets it, big time! FastCompany did a feature on his brand a few months back, and I was impressed. After yesterday, I have to say, he is brilliant (or has brilliant people working with him). The week of August 25-28 will be historic for our nation, and for civil rights. Obama will become the first black presidential nominee in our history. In an effort to share the historic moment, he is renting Mile High stadium, leaving the convention, and opening up the event to the public. (a page right out of the JFK playbook). BRILLIANT. Prove your a man of the people. Show the significance of the night, celebrate it! This is another masterful move by his camp. 

As a leader, what are you doing out of the box that will allow for the average person in your community to be part of your event? How easy is it to get involved? Are you building it in a way that makes the community member feel the need to be involved? 

As fuzzy as I am on a candidate, I have a perfectly clear position on race. It is so shocking to me that we are in the year 2008 and we are still having “first black _____”. Really. Do not believe the hype, racism is not dead it is alive and well. I think I hold an even deeper passion for this because of my son. The other night the news was on and I asked Isaiah, who is that guy on the TV. He said…”the President”. It was Obama. He then asked me: “if i do not become a train conductor, could I be the president?” For the first time in history I could look him in the face and say…YES. Have a great day.

Interesting post on Phil Cooke’s blog about the cultural differences in the modern church movement. Here is a clip. The comments are interesting, go to his blog to check them out if you would like. There is a gapping hole for a blend of experience and relevance. Can the 2 be married?

What Is “Contemporary” In The African-American Church Community?
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April 28, 2008
When I lectured at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, the administrator of a large African American church in the South asked me an interesting question. In the context of “contemporary” churches, you might find Ed Young, Bil Cornelius, Perry Noble, Erwin McManus, or Greg Groeschel. These are guys who generally preach in casual clothes, understand marketing, are savvy with technology, and yet still preach a Christ centered message. They’re also White. She asked, “But what about African-American churches? Is there a category of “contemporary” African-American churches? Do any Black pastors – even contemporary ones – preach in casual clothes? Do they conduct services that would be similar to these pastors mentioned above?” It’s an interesting question. It’s not an issue or right or wrong. I wonder if it points to a cultural difference? Particularly for my African-American readers – what are some examples of the most contemporary (non-traditional) Black pastors and churches out there?