Where Have All the Children Gone in Your Church?

"But where have all the children gone?" The classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang portrays the rather bizarre kingdom of Vulgaria in which children have been outlawed, banished to hide underground, separated from the world of the adults. The zany plot describes how sweet treats get offered to entice stray children into captivity.It's weird. It's a bit disturbing.It also describes the worship services of many evangelical churches.Of course, I add the usual caveat, not all of your c … [Read more...]

Feeling Frustrated? Maybe You Should Quit Trying

Imagine devoting your life to trying to do something that could never be accomplished.Suppose your mission in life were to stop the sun from coming up each day. We can safely predict how that would work out for you. Every day. Leave you feeling pretty frustrated, I suspect. What if instead of becoming frustrated with your lack of progress at the impossible, you simply quit trying?One reason you may be feeling frustrated is that you're trying to do what can't be done -- at least not by … [Read more...]

Legacy of Wisdom: One Christian’s Tribute to Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey changed my life. I never met him. Yet I know he changed a lot more lives than mine before his unexpected death this week.But I suspect he would be the first to agree -- it wasn't really Stephen Covey who changed anything.It was wisdom. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. (Prov. 4:7 ESV) Where does wisdom come from? I trust most readers in this evangelical Christian audience would agree with Scripture (wisdom literature, as Covey of … [Read more...]

Why I’ve Stopped Singing in Your Church

I love music. Truly I do. I love to sing. But you wouldn't know it on Sunday morning when I visit your church.I'm not talking to all of you, of course. I'm sure many churches, maybe even yours, get it right. I just haven't been there that often, I guess. My experiences with modern worship music in evangelical Christianity often leaves me not just silent, but wondering if I should be joining George Bailey in making a quick exit from the agony.To be candid, I know how to behave in your … [Read more...]

Get Clear on Your Life Mission Now or Regret It Later

We don’t like to think about it too often. But life is short. It couldn’t have been that long ago that my daughter’s tiny hand barely wrapped around my little finger as she looked up at me for the first time. Now she’s as tall as my wife.“Breath’s a ware that will not keep,” said the poet, A.E. Housman. No doubt about it. If you don’t get clear on your life mission now, you’ll regret it later.The good news is I know someone who modeled what it means to live with great clarity on his life miss … [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting for Life’s Traffic to Clear

My recent guest post with Michael Hyatt featured a topic that seemed to resonate with a lot of people: 5 Ways to Keep Moving Forward When You Hit a Wall. I take it we all must feel like we hit walls often. One piece of advice I gave was to "refuse to come to a complete stop."  That's true when you hit a wall.Sometimes in life we face a different kind of challenge. At these times, it's not that we can't see a way around or through the wall. In fact, we do see the opening, a crevice through … [Read more...]

Review the Facts: The Brief Against Obama by Hugh Hewitt

Hyper-partisan fans of the President won’t like Hugh Hewitt’s latest book The Brief Against Obama: The Rise and Epic Fail of the Hope and Change Presidency, published by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. But those seeking a candid review of the facts from a seasoned attorney and communicator will find it indispensable for deciding votes this November.Hugh’s strategy for the book is clear enough. He cites law partner Gary Wolensky to frame the task: “If you promise to show t … [Read more...]

How to Celebrate Freedom and End Slavery: The Nomi Network

As we celebrate America’s independence this week, freedom is front and center. But it’s not so readily available for the many women around the world today who have little hope of escaping the modern-day slavery of sex and labor trafficking.The Nomi Network is working to change that.They are a new generation of abolitionist with the hearts of a Wilberforce and the business savvy of modern global entrepreneurs. They help free woman vulnerable to sex-trafficking by enabling them to pro … [Read more...]


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