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December 19, 2012 / David Lindner

Where I’m blogging now…

Just in case you stumble upon this blog, I thought I’d leave a link here for where you can find me now. 

The place I do most of my writing now is over on There I talk about leadership, music, and values. 

I also still run Worship Ministry Catalyst, where I talk mainly about topics related to worship and leadership as well as do the podcast there, 

I hope to see you there!

June 8, 2011 / David Lindner

ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Enough is enough

Seriously, it’s like being a parent. As a parent of three, I have learned a few things about parenting. One of those is to not give in to bad behavior. For example, when we were letting our kids “cry it out” for the first few times, it was important to let them cry until they stopped. If we went in there to try to get them to stop crying after they had been crying for a while, all we were doing was teaching them that they had to cry for a certain length of time before we would come in and comfort them.

Likewise, if our older kids throw a fit for a few hours to get something we don’t want them to have,  and we eventually give in, then they have learned the length of time they need to throw a fit in order to get what they want.

Well, that’s what I see is happening with Ohio State and ESPN & Sports Illustrated. Those two have now learned that to get a Head Coach fired, all they have to do is throw a fit for 4 or 5 months. If they drag someone through the mud long enough, they will eventually get him/her fired.

Am I saying that ESPN is biased against Ohio State. Yes.

Just look at the amount of brow beating that former coach Pete Carrol of USC received for the mistakes that were made while he was head coach. They pale in comparison, by enormous amounts. But ESPN always loved Pete Carrol, I know because it drove me nuts. He had created a dynasty at USC, just as Tressel did at Ohio State. You would think that ESPN would just trample Pete Carrol in the same way they are trampling Tressel and Ohio State, but they didn’t.

You’d think, but they didn’t. They didn’t even trample Reggie Bush in the same way they have trampled Terrel Pryor.

This might be a good place to stop and clarify, they made mistakes. Pryor made mistakes, as did the other players. Tressel made a mistake by not turning them in immediately. But seriously, how does getting some tattoos for signed memorabilia compare to getting cars and what not?

Or what about what’s his name from Auburn. I didn’t ever hear that his case was overturned. I heard that the NCAA concluded that he hadn’t personally received the money, but that doesn’t mean his dad didn’t. And sure they talked about that for a while, but not nearly in the same amount as they have talked about Tressel, Pryor and Ohio State.  And receiving thousands of dollars is worse than receiving tattoos.

Of course today, there are new accusations that Pryor was getting checks for signed stuff. And I’m sure they will find the evidence they are looking for. I have no doubt of it.

The big sports news people want Ohio State to be destroyed, and now that they’ve made progress, they aren’t going to stop. Like the quote from Air Force One: “Give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk.”

Ohio State made a huge mistake in letting Tressel go, because now ESPN, Sports Illustrated & Yahoo are going to want their glass of milk too. And if Ohio State doesn’t give it, they’re going to put pressure on the NCAA to get it for them.

College sports programs should never give in to the demands of the media, because they will always ask for a cookie.

Who’s next? Well, it won’t take long before it’s your team.

I could easily propose we flip the coin. Let’s put the writers, researchers and announcers under the same scrutiny they have put Tressel and others through. Ethically speaking. Would it do any good? Of course not. The standards aren’t the same. We hold coaches (especially ones with Christian morals) to standards that are far superior than the standards we hold for the people who call them on the carpet. Do you suppose someone as ESPN has ever taken money inappropriately to write an article that isn’t true? Hmmm.

Instead, I proposed this, get out of the way. Report the news, don’t make the news. If your ratings are slipping in the off-season, don’t create news where there is no news. Just because you’ve created a need for year round news in a sport that isn’t played year round, doesn’t mean you have the right to make news where there was none. Just as we get frustrated with referees who make bad calls and don’t seem to let our teams just play, ESPN and the others should do the same thing. Stay out of the way. Report the news don’t make it.

December 11, 2008 / David Lindner

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0020 – Dealing With Perfectionism

Do you ever feel like you’re at war with yourself? Not as in split personalities, but in terms of you desire to have a perfect worship service and your desire to please God. Are these even at odds with each other? In this week’s episode, David and Kevin talk about trying to find a balance between our desire for perfection while at the same time not loosing sight of what’s important. Kevin talks about a recent disaster service he went through at his church and some of the thoughts he had regarding what was an appropriate response to the weekend.

This is and issue that I’m sure many of us deal with. We would love to hear how you deal with the perfectionism problem. If you have some advice on this subject, or you would like to respond to the advice that we give in this podcast, feel free to comment on this post. You can also join in the conversation by joining our network, or fill out the contact form, or sending us an email. or

We truly appreciate your faithful listening. We hope that you find these podcast both entertaining and informative in helping you take the worship ministry you are involved in down a path of excellence. God bless you in your week of preparing for the weekend.

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November 9, 2008 / David Lindner

Church Leadership Reading Group

Good Reads Church Leadership GroupHey everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I’m starting a Church Leadership Reading group on It’s a reading group that will read through leadership books and then discuss how they apply to our churches and our leadership roles within the churches.

If you’re interested, follow this link to our group. If you don’t already have an account at good reads, you will probably have to register for one, but they’re free, so there’s no downfall to that. Plus, it’s a cool way to keep tabs on what books you read, if a book you want to read is getting good reviews and a “to read” book list.

I hope you’ll think about joining and that I’ll be talking to you over there soon.

October 3, 2008 / David Lindner

Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 14 – Leadership – Inspiring a Shared Vision

In this weeks episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast we talk about Leadership, and specifically about vision. We’re taking part of our discussion from the book “The Leadership Challenge” by by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.

We realize that leadership is a huge topic, and is something that we all have a lot to learn about. We also realize it’s probably the most important topic for all of us. Whether we’re in a leadership role as a staff person, a worship leader or even for those who aren’t in a leadership role, leadership is still very important.

If you have some thoughts on vision and leadership, please feel free to leave your comments on this post, or to send us an email through the contact form.

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September 21, 2008 / David Lindner

The Leadership Challenge

I came across this quote in a book I’m reading, The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes, Posner.

In some ways, leaders live their lives backward. They see pictures in their minds eye of what the results will look like even before they’ve started their project, much as an architect draws a blueprint or an engineer builds a model. Their clear image of the future pulls them forward. Yet visions seen only by leaders are insufficient to create an organized movement or a significant change in a company. A person with no constituents is not a leader, and people will not follow until they accept a vision as their own. Leaders cannot command committment, only inspire it.

This quote really strikes a chord with me right now, as one of the biggest thoughts on my mind is ownership/committment. I realize I am not fully responsible for the actions of others, but it is my responsibility to inspire and lead people into a place of committment.