Drafting Women: Long-term Cultural Consequences

Lost in the latest egalitarian nonsense about drafting women to serve in the military are two concerns I have about the long-term impact on us as a culture. Aside from the scientific arguments about weakening our fighting force, valid though they are, and the complete collapse of principles by so many on what used to be the ideological right, two glaring concerns remain with drafting women to serve in the military:Our society needs mothers who are not trained killers. Men … [Read more...]

5 Gears: The Solution to Never Having Enough Time

I'm probably the only one to feel as if I can never do enough, never be enough, never [insert your favorite complaint here]. But maybe you've felt that way, too?I sometimes wonder what the Apostle Paul could be talking about when he prays in Ephesians 3:19  that we would be "filled with all the fullness of God."Fullness? Are you kidding me? Most days I'm happy to feel as if I have anything in my God cup, let alone have it filled to overflowing. And my family often feels that impact of … [Read more...]

YMCA Bows to Bullies on Transgendered Locker Rooms

OK. This is just hilarious. Or at least it would be if it were not true.The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap counties in Washington state had implemented a policy earlier this year not to allow people who are confused about their gender to choose their own locker rooms.But now they have reversed that decision. You are now free to move about in whichever locker room you choose.“In October we released a statement asking our transgendered members at our family facilities to use private ch … [Read more...]

H3Leadership by Brad Lomenick: Book Review

I’ve read a lot of leadership books. And by a lot, I mean, a LOT. I have shelves full of John C. Maxwell books which I’ve read and re-read, but Brad Lomenick’s new book H3Leadership still managed to surprise me with its poignant authenticity and hands-on expertise.A common complaint many people have about leaders who write books is that there feels like a disconnect between the words on the page and real life. What you read in the book sounds great, but applying it to reality is a bit tricki … [Read more...]

For the 21 Christians Murdered by ISIS : A Moving Tribute [Video]

My friend Dr. Brian Mattson of Dead Reckoning TV along with Jay Friesen has delivered one of the most moving tributes to the Jewish and Christian victims of ISIS entitled "We Will Not Be Lost:"  We are deeply disturbed by our political leadership's inability to name this enemy, but we are even more disturbed by its inability to name its victims. The Jewish dead in Paris were called by our President "a bunch of folks in a deli." The twenty-one Christian martyrs were called by our President " … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Tim Elmore on Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

People love people who go first.With that pithy remark, Tim Elmore set the tone for the Catalyst 2013 lab session in Atlanta entitled “Marching Off the Map: A Compass to Help the Next Generation Navigate New Technology and Spirituality.”Tim Elmore, founder and President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes for the Journey: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, noted that we have to adjust to a new reality thanks to technology and the way the next generation, Generation i … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Doing Bad by Doing Good with Peter Greer, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Bethany Hoang

Just enjoyed another Catalyst 2013 Lab session in Atlanta, this one with Bethany Hoang, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Peter Greer. [See my recent interview with Peter here.] Their session was cleverly titled “Fad, Fatigue, or Fidelity? Doing Good and Living our Calling for the Long Haul.”It’s topic I’ve written a bit about as I’ve uncovered my own identity as someone called to equip Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith. [See my Interview with Brad Lomenick on The Catalyst Leade … [Read more...]

Dr Henry Cloud Opens Catlayst 2013 on Identity

Dr. Henry Cloud kicked off the opening session of Catalyst 2013 Labs with a session inspired by his new book Boundaries for Leaders. Dr. Cloud challenged Catalyst leaders to honestly acknowledge the reality gap that exists between what we know about leadership and what we actually experience in the real world of daily leadership struggles.  As Christian leaders, we know our identity is in Christ. We believe that proposition. But how do we truly understand our identity?  All too often we mi … [Read more...]