Life After Art: In Search of Beauty

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Today I am pleased to share a guest post from Eileen Knowles inspired by a book that is making some waves, Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room by Matt Appling. You can find Eileen and follow her journey as she takes The Scenic Route at www.eileenknowles.com Connect on Twitter and Facebook. "As artists and humans, we have to learn to color inside the line that is imperfect, messy or even a mistake. Nothing in your life will ever be just right. There … [Read more...]

When All You Can Do Is Trust

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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 with jet engines attached. And a few vinyl seats tossed in to fool you into … [Read more...]

To All Those Who Want Safer Schools in Newtown

I get it. Really, I do.We're repulsed by the utter horror of the tragedy in Newtown. Our hearts ache at the thought of such insane bloodshed. I've already shared my own experiences with such issues and my prayer for them as a former principal who still knows and loves so many similar teachers and kids.And I have few little guys of my own. So I get our urge to make schools safer. I understand why we want to do all we can to make sure no one ever hurts like that again. But there is a subtle … [Read more...]

Help! I Need Somebody!

It's not a word I like to use often. Maybe you're different. It seems some people are.  They use it all the time. The dreaded word?Help.Or better yet -- Help! I need somebody!The last few weeks brought me to a place where just about all I could do was cry, "Help!" I thought about crying, "Uncle!" then went with help as the more Biblical approach.One reason I had gone dark for two weeks here at Patheos was that I experienced a back injury that took me off my feet and out of action for se … [Read more...]

Presidential Failure, My Kingdom Journey to Serve in Guam

When I answered the call to train leaders in Guam this coming week, I didn't notice the proximity to the election. I've been occupied the last few days preparing to serve ministry leaders in Guam. I'm flying there tomorrow so posting will likely be thin leading up to the election.Some will applaud my absence, no doubt, as evidence continues to surface that the President is likely the one who refused to send in help to our heroic Americans on the ground. The 3 AM phone call came. Obama voted "p … [Read more...]

Why Schools Should Get Rid of Almost All Homework

I hate homework. Not as much as I hate yellow-jackets, but that's another story. As a successful K-12 school leader and principal for a dozen years, I bring a unique voice of experience to this relatively new educational nuisance we call homework.Schools should get rid of almost all of it. It's evil.That's right. Evil. What else should I call something that robs us all of that most precious resource -- time --and often gives nothing but hatred for learning in return? Before too many of my fe … [Read more...]

Why I’ll Never Stop Singing In Your Church

You read that right. I'll never stop singing in your church. Never.I know. Shocker. I'm the guy who wrote Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church not long ago and stepped unwittingly into what some have called "worship wars."Not my intention. If that's how you look at it, consider this a white flag.I was just voicing frustrations that had been brewing for the last decade or so. It seems as if there are a lot of others who've felt the same way. You might have been one of them. But … [Read more...]

Worship Week: Opening Ceremony for Singing in Church

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)Such is the cry of my heart as we launch this opening ceremony to what I am calling Worship Week here at Bill in the Blank at Patheos.No, Mr. Bean will not be making a cameo -- although I've been told I inadvertently resemble him at times by my loving sister-in-law.One commentator called my recent post "Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church" another battle … [Read more...]


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