Side-Splitting April Fool’s Day Story — Unless You’re a Baptist?

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As I was prepping for a leadership speaking session on communication, I came across this side-splitting story of communication gone horribly wrong. It makes the perfect blog entry for April Fool's Day. You likely stopped in to FaithWalkers expecting some pithy wisdom for your walk. Instead, you get some pious bathroom humor. I suspect you'll enjoy it -- even if you are a Baptist. I chose not to use it in my upcoming leadership session simply because there's no way I'd get through it … [Read more...]

Why We Give Easter Baskets to Our Children

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Maybe you're one of those families that gives Easter baskets to their children to celebrate some defunct Roman deity. You know what I'm talking about. The eggs, the beans, the chick, the bunnies -- they're all signs of your secret allegiance to some long-forgotten fertility goddess. Admit it! You're a secret Satan worshipper! Or maybe it's just the chocolate. Having lived my entire life in Evangelical Christian circles, I've heard all the arguments for and against giving Easter … [Read more...]

About that Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Silliness

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About that Supreme Court Same-sex marriage silliness.... Last week I came across something I had never encountered before. It has fascinated me ever since. Ants. Not ants, per se. I have, in fact, seen those once or twice in my lifetime. It wasn't the ants themselves, but the silliness of where I found them that befuddled me. I've know animals to do some strange things. I know of someone who once found a snake coiled up around her computer cables. Nice. I once found a baby opossum in … [Read more...]

How to Delegate Like a Pro

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It's hard for me to delegate because it's hard for me to let go. As a parent, it's easier for me to just do something than to give my kids a shot at it. As a leader, it's more comfortable for me to hold on to a task I know I can do well, than to delegate it to someone else. Come to think of it, learning to delegate effectively is a walk of faith. [ See my post The Secret to Living by Faith ] So I guess it's appropriate that we talk about it here at FaithWalkers. Lessons from … [Read more...]

Failure: How to Bounce Back from Your Next One

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Failure. You are planning to experience it again aren't you? Some years ago I added this line to my life mission statement: "Embrace failure as the only path to success." [ Tweet this! ] I've had to remind myself of it far too often of late. How to Bounce Back A recent failure reminded me of a family scene from a few years ago. We were vacationing in sunny Charleston, SC. It was our kids' first experience with ocean surf. At the time, they were toddlers who had trouble walking on solid … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Your Kids: 3 Simple Steps to Success

It shouldn't be that hard to do, should it? To talk to your kids? To carry on a conversation with a 5, 7, or 12-year-old? You'd think we wouldn't have to give it too much attention to make it happen. After all, we drive and talk all the time. You can multi-task when trying to talk to your kids can’t you? Well, sometimes. Maybe. But we're not likely not have much success, and certainly not much intentional growth. [ 5 Steps to More Intentional Living by Faith ] Maybe we should take … [Read more...]

Does Your Weakness Give You Strength?

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My back hurts. Sometimes. It's part of the price I pay for being taller than most people, I suppose. I've learned to to live with it. Regular stretching, good posture habits, and frequent strengthening excercises keep me limber enough to keep moving forward. But it is what it is -- a weakness. I've noticed something. My back hurts most when I try to hide my weakness. The thing about my back pain is that it often comes from staying in the same position for too long. So if I'm … [Read more...]

The Secret to Living by Faith

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It can be tough to figure out the secret to living by faith when we're busy being angry at Him. Trust me. I've had a little experience on that point. Yesterday's post [You Don't Need All the Answers to Stop Being Angry at God] began to explore this dilemma with a look at the Israelites predicament in Exodus 14. Like them, we struggle to discover the secret to living by faith when we're freaking out about God dumping us in the wilderness. Or so we think. During times of testing, we can … [Read more...]


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