Check out www.nomoregoats.com to see the exciting plans of a young Highland couple! - - - - Good words from Wade Hodges, this year's director of the Tulsa Workshop, in response to some criticism that's been raised about this year's program. I'm looking forward to doing a keynote and joining my amigo Randy Harris in a class called "Totally Outrageous Stories for a Troubled World." - - - - One thing I heard Bob Russell say recently that really resonated with me is that church leaders face the constant temptation to spend 50% of their time on the criticisms of 5% of the members. That can suck the energy out of any leadership team! People who criticize need to be heard. But the amount of criticism and the variety of criticism and the pettiness of some of the criticism -- well, after a while it wears people out. Last night's elders' meeting reminded me again of how thankful I am to be part of a leadership team that knows what the kingdom of God is about. Prayers for a mission team, prayers for a young man who's life has dramatically changed, prayers for a beloved woman whose service has blessed many, prayers for a teenager who wants a family, prayers for a visiting eldership, prayers for struggling marriages, prayers for the hungry, the hurting, and the lost, prayers of thanks.