What are you reading? Who are you meeting?

In one year you will be the same person you are today, apart from the books you read and the people you meet.

This is a lesson that I was taught many years ago, and I consistently try to implement systems in my life that allow me to learn and grow from books, podcasts, and people. Here are some of the books, podcasts, and people that I am learning from right now.


The 5AM Club – My friend Shane Salmon recommended this book to me. It is a very interesting narrative that encourages its readers: “Own your morning, Elevate your Life.” I am giving this a try. Last night, I got off all electronics by 8pm, and went to sleep at 10pm. Then I woke up this morning at 5am… and then went back to sleep. 🙂 So I am not proficient at it yet, but I am very interested. Here is the plan: Wake up at 5am, spend 20 minutes exercising, 20 minutes reflecting, and 20 minutes on personal growth. This morning I slept in until 5:45 and then I accomplished all of these things, a little bit later. Hopefully I can stay on schedule tomorrow. I am going to give it a try and see how it impacts my life.

Unstuff your Life – Great read so far. The key lesson for me is this: Everything… EVERYTHING has a home. Everything is better when it is in its home. Look around right now, what do you see that is not where it is supposed to be. If everything is always in its home, you will have a life without clutter, and you will always know where to find your keys.

Winning the Inner War – Craig Groeschel was told he would never be a good pastor, and the man was turned down by his Ordination Committee. Wow! This book reminded me that everything I put in my mind will influence the way that I think. I must protect what goes in my mind, to protect what I think about, which will directly influence what I do. Be transformed by renewing your mind in the Word. So many great truths in this book.

Worship Essentials – Mike Harland is fantastic in this book. It is a book that every Worship Leader should read. So much great content on worship discipleship, worship segregation, and true biblical worship.


The Briefing with Albert Mohler: I listen to this podcast every single morning. It is basically the morning news, explained from a Biblical Worldview. Al Mohler addresses some of the most important news headlines and explains how Christians should think about these things according to the Bible. It is often very deep and intellectual, but I try to stick with it and learn as much as I can.

Dream Big with Bob Goff and Friends: Bob Goff is the happiest guy I have ever known. The man literally puts his cell phone number in his books and encourages his readers to call him. He cannot even finish an interview without cheerfully taking a call from a random stranger. The content is pretty good, but his joy and love are the mains reason why I enjoy listening.

Ron Edmondson Leadership Podcast: This guy is a legend. I have read his blogs for years, and I am so thankful that Lifeway Leadership Podcast Network picked him up for this podcast. It is great, brief, and filled with practical leadership advice.

Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast: Come on, this guy is consistent and so intentional in his leadership instruction.

Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: One of the best! Carey consistently asks great questions! Great interviews!

H3 Leadership with Brad Lomenick: Ok, full disclosure, most of the time this guy kind of annoys me. Sorry. However, he provides SO MUCH solid content from the best books, to podcast, websites, resources, people, ideas, that I must listen anyway. Brad is a curator for lots of really good stuff! Check it out!

The Call To Mastery by Jordan Raynor: This is my newest podcast addition. I am enjoying it. Loved his interview with Candace Cameron Bure. Check it out!


Over the last month, I have been blessed to have lunch with these great leaders! Each one has encouraged me and challenged me greatly! I am so thankful for their friendship and influence in my life.

  • Jody Phillips, Clerk of Court, Sunday School Teacher
  • Scott Connell, Minister of Music, FBCJAX
  • Todd Hickox, Campus Pastor Eleven22
  • Mitch Palmquist, Faithful Friend, Spiritual Giant
  • Several Worship Pastors around Jacksonville.

Here are a few people I would love to meet and spend time with soon:

  • Tommy Carr, Hammond Campus Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church
  • Ray Jones, Worship Leader, Founder of Radiance Ministries
  • David Matthews, Entrepreneur, Actor, Awesome Guy
  • A Flight Instructor

Thanks for reading! What books are you reading? What people are you meeting?

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