Marriage Retreat: Why You Should Plan a Weekend Getaway

Want a weekend getaway? I do. How's your marriage? Mine could be better, too. A marriage retreat could be just the thing -- if only you knew why and how to plan it. Six kids and lot on my plate can cause me to lose focus on the important stuff in my marriage and family. If you think you've got it all under control for now, see my thoughts on How to Avoid the Parenting Blind Spots that plague us all.  Maybe what you need is a relaxing and romantic weekend getaway with your spouse. Not just … [Read more...]

Parenting Fail: What’s In Your Blind Spot?

As much as I like my car, I must agree with my wife -- it does have a few blind spots. Backing up can be tricky. The narrow side windows and raised rear of the vehicle make it a challenge to see what's behind me. Or beside me. I nearly sideswiped a fellow traveler last week on a rainy freeway because of it. Fail. I think I can fix it with a couple of those wide-angle mirror attachments. But until I do, I'd do well to double check my blind spots instead of assuming I know what is behind or … [Read more...]

Answer the Call to Greatness: Give Someone a Nudge

We all know it doesn’t take much to start a lot of hurt. Still not sure who fired the first shot on the greens of Lexington. It doesn’t take much to start a lot of good either. Think Rosa Parks. Or Mother Teresa. It clearly doesn’t take a bulldozer to get big things started, although it sure can feel like it. All it takes is a nudge. But you can’t nudge someone else toward greatness until you have the courage to first nudge yourself toward greatness. Every day. At times that task … [Read more...]

Here’s a Quick Way to Destroy Your Kids

Our kids have never been good at following the crowd or "sheepwalking" as Seth Godin calls it. Or following the signs at local parks that read: "Stay on Prepared Trails" When I was a kid at the same parks, there were no signs. There were barely paths. The whole point of going was to get off the trail. Explore a mysterious cave. Jump across a tricky precipice. Race up the side of a cliff that was likely to cause a bruise or scrape or both. No, I didn’t wear a helmet. There was one thing … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Safer Schools: A Principal Speaks

It's been 13 days since we first heard of the horrible massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. That's right, only thirteen days. It feels like a lot longer. For the families and friends of the victims, I can't begin to process how long those days have felt. I can only continue to pray for their healing. I've been reluctant to compile and share my thoughts on the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook in Newtown for two reasons: I've been there before. As a school principal and school leader for the … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage Battle: The Consequences of Surrender

Tim Dalrymple offered an intriguing question for discussion at Patheos this week. It's timely, relevant, and, to some, quite disturbing. He asked: Is it time now, or might there come a time soon, when evangelicals should decide that the cost of carrying on the battle against same-sex marriage is simply too high? On the one hand, I tend to side most easily with Owen Strachan's responsive call  here at Patheos (thoughtlife) to get back to our posts amid the disarray of a cultural skirmish … [Read more...]

Christmas Shopping: How Much Is Too Much ?

The recent rush of Christmas shopping has left me wondering how much is too much? It also reminded me of a story from Tolstoy that I read as a young boy. Yes, I was the nerdy kid reading War and Peace at the video arcade. But that's not the point. Tolstoy told the tragic tale of Pahom in the short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need." Pahom discovered a place where he could have all the land he wanted -- if only he could walk around it all in one day. "As much as you can go round on your … [Read more...]

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For: 101 and Counting…

Sometime it's the simple stuff that means the most. As we prep for Thanksgiving Day celebrations, I'm tempted to focus on everything I could complain about. All the stuff that hasn't gone my way. There's no shortage of them, that's for sure. But I choose to take a page from Bing -- Bing Crosby, that is -- and recall this song from Holiday Inn. I've got plenty to be thankful for / I haven't got A great big yacht To sail from shore to shore / Still I've got plenty to be thankful for I've … [Read more...]


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