Why Walt Disney World is our Favorite Place to be a Family

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The important thing is the family. If you can keep the family together–and that’s the backbone of our whole business, catering to families–that’s what we hope to do.  ~ Walter Elias Disney Over the Labor Day weekend, I talked to a few friends who are traveling to the "Happiest PLace on Earth" in the coming weeks. The conversation reminded me of some of the best family times we've ever experienced there at the house the Mouse built.Walt's dream for Disney parks was inspired by his desire to s … [Read more...]

Leadership Lesson from Obama and the Syria “Red Line”

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It's called an ultimatum. Usually frustrated people make them. It's what President Obama gave to Syria when he said the use of chemical weapons would be crossing a "red line." The goal of the cruise missile strikes the United States is planning to carry out in Syria is to restore the smudged “red line” that President Obama drew a year ago against the use of poison gas. (The New York Times)I've seen it a lot from teachers, parents (myself included), and leaders of all sorts. We get frustra … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty: If the Robertsons Were to Ask for My Advice

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In my happy, happy, happy little world, what if the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty, overwhelmed by the tsunami of popularity and fame, picked up the phone to ask for my advice on how to avoid making a mess of it all?Think Miley Cyrus and you'll see how the best laid plans can go wrong in a hurry. The last thing we need is Willie Robertson on stage wearing latex in any form.In fact, latex and Duck Dynasty probably shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence, unless it involves Si and -- but I … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty: Top Ten Reasons the A&E Show Is Popular

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If you haven't heard by now of Duck Dynasty, the hit reality show on A & E, you may not be all your quacked up to be.Sorry. Couldn't resist. Just put it on my bill.According to the AP (via Huffington Post), A & E says nearly 12 million people watched the premiere of season four last Wednesday, making the episode the number 1 non-fiction series telecast in cable history in total viewers as well as all key demographic groups. Check out the A & E site here for the next show on … [Read more...]

Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church

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It’s not you. It’s me. That’s why I left your seeker-friendly church.At least that’s what I’m telling everyone. Just to be polite.I know I should just be honest, being a Christian and all, but I’d rather not feel like an evangelical outcast if I can help it. It’s bad enough that I haven’t renewed my subscription to Christianity Today (If we could just keep that between us, I’d appreciate it).But truth be told, I just don’t get what this seeker-friendly church stuff is all about. … [Read more...]

I’m Bored. There’s Nothing to Do in Atlanta

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I almost laughed right then and there when the Subway sandwich artist said it.My lovely bride and I were exploring options in Atlanta last fall during the Catalyst conference and had stopped for a quick bite. Because we were considering moving to Atlanta at the time, we asked the man with the disposable gloves what he thought of Atlanta."There's nothing to do in Atlanta," he replied, matter-0f-factly. Had I been eating, I would have choked on a mouthful salami and banana peppers. Here he … [Read more...]

The Isolationist Immigration Gospel of the Evangelical Immigration Table

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Although I have great respect for many of the evangelical leaders who signed on to the original letter from the Evangelical Immigration Table, I have a few problems with how the evangelical label is being exploited for political gain. You can read some of my thoughts on that here.I had some hopes that we might actually see meaningful immigration reform early on in the process. [ See my post Immigration 2.0: I Want to Believe! ]I still haven't given up hope, but I am far more aligned with … [Read more...]

How to Be Known as a Hero

Privileged to have my thoughts on leadership featured with my friends at Catalyst. The beginning of the post follows. Visit the site with a click here to read the post in its entirety.  It’s hardwired into all of us. At least I hope it’s not just me.I feel it deep down where stuff really matters. I’m talking about that desire be known as a hero.As a Catalyst leader pondering how you want to be known, I’m thinking you probably want to be known as a hero, too. What It takes to Be … [Read more...]


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