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About Eddie Pipkin

Eddie Pipkin has 30 years in ministry experience at churches in Georgia and Florida, primarily in the United Methodist Church. His ministry leadership includes stints in youth and children's ministry, creative worship design, outreach and missions, communications, special event coordination, and leadership development. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida. His original careers were in journalism and teaching at the college level, and he has a Master's Degree in English from the University of Central Florida (with an emphasis in creative writing). He also has worked as an independent editor, and he has an alter-ego known as the Rapping Lamb. He is an avid cyclist, outdoorsman and pie aficionado.

Discernment

By Eddie Pipkin Discernment, as defined in its normal, non-church-related context, is about a display of judgment or taste.  Take fashion, for instance.  I have no fashion sense.  No one has ever accused me of having style.  My whole life, the only sartorial style with which I have ever been associated is a lack of [...]

7 Practical Dimensions

By Eddie Pipkin I had a bizarre power outage in the house last week: one section of wall outlets went kaput without throwing any breakers.  I couldn’t figure it out, and I was on the verge of calling the electrician and saying “so long” to a few hundred bucks, but first, I decided to google [...]

The Price of Hospitality

by Eddie Pipkin We have had a very full house for the past four weeks.  Different sets of visitors have been congregating with us for days at a time on either end of that period, and in the middle, the newlyweds have been refugees crashing at our place because their AC went out in the [...]

Obstinacy

by Eddie Pipkin I am itchy, and it’s my own dang fault.  I am currently suffering from a wicked case of poison ivy.  I was doing a good deed last Saturday, helping some older folks with yard work, when I realized there was poison ivy among the vines I was pulling from the fence.  I [...]

You Know?

by Eddie Pipkin Sometimes, you think something is obvious, but it turns out it’s only obvious to you.  In day-to-day life, misplaced assumptions can be a minor stumbling block or a major source of humor and comeuppance (more on that in a bit), but in ministry, thinking that everybody knows something just because we know [...]

Micah 6:8 Church

by Eddie Pipkin Last week I wrote about using the iconic biblical passage from Micah 6:8 as a guide for best management practices for leaders.  This week we’ll expand on that idea by using the same Spirit-inspired directive to think about the influential community impact a local church can have if it pursues those inspiring [...]

Micah 6:8 Management

by Eddie Pipkin Having written last week about the never-ending variety of leadership styles and management theories, I want to share a specific one this week.  I was leading a discussion with my Tuesday morning Bible Study group, when we came across the iconic scripture from Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O mortal, what [...]

Go Your Own Way

by Eddie Pipkin If you want to manage better, lead better, coach better, there are no shortage of programs, gurus, “next big things,” or magic formulas for success.  Take your pick of best sellers, TED Talks, management assessment tests, skills rubrics . . . leadership blogs (!).  They all have something to offer.  And there [...]

Put a Rock In It

By Eddie Pipkin Recently I was gifted a revelation about a home maintenance problem that had hounded me for months.  This minor glitch had been a headache small enough that I kept not putting in the effort to fix it, but regular enough to irritate me three or four times a week.  It was one [...]

Grammy Gold

by Eddie Pipkin Last week I wrote about the Oscars, so this week it’s only fair that I give a shout-out to the recently-aired Grammys.  For my wife and me, the Grammy Awards is our favorite televised awards celebration of the year.  Known as “music’s biggest night,” it’s the annual celebration of popular music hosted [...]

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