Learn How to Pass the Faith Test

Most of us cringe somewhere deep within when we hear the word — test. School taught us that tests are events to be feared. Red pens. Snickers from our classmates. Numbers not up to expectations. For far too many of us, tests are pre-cursers to failure. And that’s a shame, because the only way for our faith to grow is for it to pass the test. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know… Read more

Movie Review: “The Croods” Not Bad, But No National Treasure

I guess I expected the latest DreamWorks animated film The Croods to be, well, crude. Hitting the theaters Friday, March, 22, 2013, written and directed by  Kirk DiMicco and Chris Sanders, The Croods, the latest addition to the DreamWorks animated vault, surprised me in a few ways. Given DreamWorks marketplace niche of funny, endearing, but slightly irreverent films and this film’s name, I thought this one might have me recoiling on occasion or wishing I could have hit the mute button… Read more

12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask: Guest Post with Catalyst

Congratulations! You made it! You’re the new leader. Now what? I know you’re supposed to always look like you know what you’re doing but — truth be told — new leaders often don’t even know where to start. They drift around for a month or so, smiling a lot, ordering new stationery while they act as if they’ve got it covered. I came across this all-too-familiar scenario recently while coaching a young executive at a non-profit. He had been moved… Read more

When All You Can Do Is Trust

A recent airplane flight reminded me that there are times in life when all you can do is trust. They happen much more than we might think, these life moments that require faith from us. My reminder came with a brief airplane ride, one of those where it takes you longer to drive to the airport than it does to fly to your destination. Because the flight was short, the plane was small. Kind of like a can turned sideways… Read more

Failure: How to Bounce Back from Your Next One

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…. 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… Read more

5 Steps to More Intentional Living by Faith

I’ve never heard anyone say they accidentally became a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ. I’ve heard many say they wish they could be. I’ve heard the sound of disillusionment in their voices, as if they’ve resigned themselves to not being among the chosen ones wise enough to decipher the secret code to more intentional living by faith. But living by faith simply means that you act, speak, and think based on what you believe to be true — not… Read more

Pope Francis I: Sectarian Culture Warriors Trump Ecumenical Culture Wimps

I’m always eager to introduce opinions from people who know more than I do about a topic, such as the selection of the new Pope, Francis I. Privileged to feature a guest post from P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.  He founded CCL in 2001 with the conviction that only eminently equipped cultural leaders will actually create a new Christian culture — and that only transformed Christians can transform the present anti-Christian culture of the West. Follow his… Read more

Choosing a New Pope: Why the Media Cares about the Next Italian Idol

What the klieg lights give, the klieg lights take away. Such is the double-edged sword of media coverage. My Catholic friends would do well to remember it in the rush of media coverage over choosing a new pope. The 24/7 coverage of papal smoke signals all seems like a twisted dream sequence of American Idol — just in Rome — and without the horiffic singing. Call it The Search for the Next Italian Idol. (No offense intended to my Catholic friends,… Read more

Ask God Why? When Is It OK?

Why? For many Christians, it’s the question we should never ask. We tend to think we should just shut up and do what God tells us. He is, after all, a consuming fire. We know the whole story of when the earth opened to swallow those who dared to ask too many questions. So we keep our mouths shut, thinking it’s never OK to raise our hands and ask God the ultimate question — why? There’s some truth to that thought. God is… Read more

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