What is Success, Really?

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This week, in my Life for Leaders devotions, I am thinking about success. My inspiration is a passage from Genesis, a description of Joseph’s work in the house of Potiphar. In this passage we read, “The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man” (Gen 39:2). What does this mean and what can we [Read More...]

Nick Saban Canoes the Mountains and His Team Wins the National Championship

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Okay, I admit that’s an odd title. Please let me explain. A week ago, the University of Alabama football team won the national championship, beating Clemson 45-40. The turning point in the game was a surprise play, in which Alabama used an unexpected onside kick to grab hold of the momentum, not to mention the [Read More...]

Why Do We Love a Good Fire in the Fireplace?

My first fire in the fireplace of our Pasadena home

Need to relax? Sit by a crackling fire! [Read more...]

Leaders Need a Great Heart

Check out this excellent interview of Bill George, a prof at Harvard Business School.  Faith & Leadership asked George,  “What does it take to be a great leader?” He responded: To be a great leader today, you have to have a great head and a great heart. As Thich Nhat Hanh said, “The longest journey [Read More...]

Advent Devotion: Waiting for the Shepherd

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!” Psalm 80:1-2 Introduction to Advent Devotions This is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the season [Read More...]

God of Peaches

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Note: The following devotion is from Life for Leaders, a daily digital devotional. You can subscribe to Life for Leaders at no cost here. When I read Genesis 1:11-12, I can’t help but think of my life in the Texas Hill Country. For seven years, my family and I lived in this beautiful region to [Read More...]

The Curious Meaning of “God”

This post is from Life for Leaders, a new daily devotional I am writing as part of my work at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership. You can learn more about Life for Leaders or sign up to receive a daily email devotional here. “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth [Read More...]

First Impressions of God

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This post is part of Life for Leaders, a new daily devotional I am writing as part of my work at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership. You can learn more about Life for Leaders or sign up to receive a daily email devotional here. “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, [Read More...]

Insights for Leaders: Gratitude that Defines Reality

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“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.” – Max De Pree Don’t you love this quotation. Such wisdom in so few words. Later [Read More...]

Servant Leadership on Maundy Thursday

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This post is part of Life for Leaders, a new daily devotional I am writing as part of my work at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership. You can learn more about Life for Leaders or sign up to receive a daily email devotional here.   “You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for [Read More...]

“I’m Ba-a-ack”

New library wing at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California

To borrow and butcher a line from Poltergeist II, “I’m ba-a-ck.” After a long time away from active blogging, I’m beginning again as a part of a new professional season in my life. During the last few years while I was working for the H. E. Butt Family Foundation (AKA Laity Lodge, The High Calling), [Read More...]

Congratulations HEB! One of Best Ten Places to Work in the U.S.

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Glassdoor just announced its 2015 Employees’ Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in the U.S. and HEB came in at #7. Congratulations, HEB. Now, if you’ve spent much time in central Texas, HEB needs no introduction. You know it as an outstanding grocery chain, with more than 300 stores in Texas and many [Read More...]

Does Place Really Matter? If So, Why?

The carrels and stacks of Widener Library. Yes, that is a coffee up you see by my computer. And, yes, it is now legal to bring a drink into Widener.

In my last blog post, I asked the question “Does place really matter?” In our increasingly digitized, flattened, and shrunken world, does our physical location make a real difference? Most of those who answered this question, through comments, social media, or email, said, “Yes. Place does matter.” I think most people have a gut sense [Read More...]

Does Place Really Matter?

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Increasingly, it seems as if we live in a “placeless” world. Oh, to be sure, you and I occupy places in this world. But with technology flattening and shrinking the world, we might begin to wonder if place really matters. Perhaps we are now inhabitants of “noplace.” Take the workplace, for example. We use the [Read More...]

Ch-Ch-Changes

Laity Lodge at dusk. A wonderfully unique retreat center in the Texas Hill Country.

I can hear the chorus of David Bowie’s 1971 song ringing in my memory. Though the song is called “Changes,” it is notable for the repeated line, “Ch-ch-changes.” If you’re my age and want to feel some nostalgia, you can listen to the song here. Why am I thinking about “Ch-ch-changes”? Because that’s what I’m [Read More...]

The First Sunday of Advent: Waiting for the Shepherd

An Advent wreath with the first candle lit, signifiying our yearning for our shepherd.

Waiting for the Shepherd He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:11 This is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the season in which Christians throughout the [Read More...]


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