Are you ready to dream?

As a chubby nine-year old, I dreamt of a new bike, gleaming, new. Almost resplendent. And of course, it was red. And glowing. I promised to God that if I got one for my birthday I would clean it everyday and always lock it up in the shed at night. I closed my eyes and I could almost hear the echoing clack-clack of the playing cards on the spokes. It was chrome shiny and wonderful all over.” I dreamt lots… Read more

Shipwrecked? There’s hope.

We are a shipwrecked people, swamped by the raging seas. Desperately we look for something to cling to, a plank of hope. We know that hope isn’t our money. We know it’s not our fortune. We know it’s not our good looks. We know it’s not our family connection. We know it’s not our jobs. We have tried all of those things, and they just cause us to sink into the dark oceanic abyss. Instead, we find salvation in the… Read more

When you feel like you aren’t qualified to lead

Do you feel like you are just not cut out to carry the load that you have been burdened with? Feel like you’re too old, not smart enough, too young, not experienced enough… Name the excuse and we can all relate. I am currently in several roles — roles I didnt seek out. They are leading people and projects and important things and money. And more often than not, I want to pull back and just follow. Responsibility has a… Read more

What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?

“What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?  — I don’t know and I don’t care.”– Mother Goose and Grimm “I the devil, will always see to it that there are bad people. Your job, my dear Wormwood, is to provide me with the people who do not care.” — The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis I am finding that I’m slowly tuning out, turning off the world around me. The political world and leadership on all sides is simply bizarre. I don’t even know what… Read more

Admit it, we all need a little praise

We all love to hear words of praise. I don’t care how self-effacing you are, there is still a welling of pride that comes when others recognize the works of your hands. We like praise. We love praise. We crave praise. It started as children when even the worse drawing with a blunt crayon was hung on the refrigerator. Proudly beaming for days, we sulked when it finally had to come down. Something inside of us wants our efforts to… Read more

Ready to fly?

You just never know You never know where an interest will lead You never know what a passion will inspire You never know who else you motivate You never know … You might just change the world   Let me tell you a short story about a man named Milt He was a pastor by trade, but he spent his early morning hours  watching warblers, spotting starlings, and tracking terns He had a fascination with birds. He studied them with… Read more

Does the church need to be relevant or does it need to be true?

This isn’t an article about modern vs. traditional church music. It isn’t about steeples or Sunday School. It isn’t about vain repetition or the need to bring back hats in church. It isn’t about any of the silly stuff that should have left a long time ago. It’s an article about why Christianity needs to be set apart if we are going to survive. I’m a direct product of 40 years of bringing the traditional church into contemporary society. I remember… Read more

A Syrian family that found a way out

 You might remember the story.   I told it just a few months ago, when I thought the world had peaked in it’s insanity. I was wrong. The story was about a Syrian family that I met. They were pushed out of their ancestral home by war and violence. If you don’t remember Albert Sayegh specifically, you might remember the smiling son – Jack. Finally, this is one Middle East refugee story with a happy ending. When I met Albert… Read more

Would Jesus join #Resist?

The dots on the map are growing. Like magnets, people are clumping together, ready to #Resist. They are plotting out days to march, to stand, to protest. The stage is set for a Summer to remember. The 2017 season will be a long one, as these peaceful protests will grow increasingly violent. The rallies will turn into demonstrations and then into riots. Mark my words. There will be a shooting by a madman and we will be collectively outraged. There… Read more

Mark Zuckerberg’s Workplace Secret: Trust

In a competitive world, keeping information close to the vest is viewed as a business imperative. Products, strategies and tactics fall under the tent of “Intellectual Property” and are closeted until just the right time. For example, Apple is famous for secrecy. Prototypes, plans and ideas are carefully stove-piped so no one working on them has the whole picture until the product is ready for launch. The recipes for Coca-Cola, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies are… Read more

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