Former U.S. President Barack Obama made headlines recently by criticizing our “call-out culture.” It was timely and delivered with the kind of unambiguous clarity that’s typically absent from stressed out politicians trying to tow the party line.
I recently got an invite to speak somewhere that made me nervous. I sensed a weight of responsibility and found myself asking whether my inner life matched the opportunity of influence I was being invited into.
A few days ago, the Provoke & Inspire team conducted a focus group with eight unchurched young people from the Twin Cities. When the idea was first proposed, I had my reservations. I was in the middle of a crazy summer touring season and frankly, I wasn’t sure if it would work. Yet despite my hesitations, we moved forward.