Building a bridge from here to There – part 3

Transitions are the bridges from here to There in written and verbal communication. In part one of this three-part series, I offered some basic thoughts about how transitions serve as a sort of GPS, directing readers/listeners from point to point of an author or speaker's idea journey. In part two of the series, I showed what happens when transitions are ignored in one especially potent form of communication - a church service. I created a generic example pieced together from years of sitting … [Read more...]

Building a bridge from here to There – Part 2

My last post was a five-minute intro on the importance of transitions in communication. (Click here to read it.) I ended the post with a bit of a teaser when I mentioned that there is one group of communicators who don't always do much thinking about transitions.I believe these people neglect transitions because they are often focused on specific chunks of communication. They aren't thinking of the big picture. And because of that, their audience is often left to do too much of the work of … [Read more...]

Building a bridge from here to There

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a village near the forest.  Whenever she went out, the little girl wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Little Red Riding Hood. The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all extant land-living animal species, and the largest ruminant. Let that magical paragraph wash over you for a moment. What? You don't understand it? You don't see the … [Read more...]

Review: Love You More

Adoption has shaped my life in ways both beautiful and heartbreaking.We were foster parents with Bethany Christian Services for two years. It was a high honor to be a part of the birth of a new family, and witness the courage of birth parents who'd chosen to release their babies into a future with this carefully-chosen family. Beautiful.The heartbreaking part of adoption in my life comes in two different forms: My mom was adopted under a veil of secrecy by an alcoholic relative and his wife … [Read more...]

When I was a kid, I used to tuck a small transistor radio under my pillow at night and listen to the clear-channel Top 40 broadcasts beamed across the Midwest from WLS-AM and WCFL-AM. I used to think it was the tunes that hooked me, but now I realize it was the DJ's talk that connected with me. It was as though they were escorting me into their oh-so-cool world - and I could go, even if I was an 11 year-old kid awake in a darkened bedroom in Des Plaines, IL.The technology has changed from … [Read more...]

Born this way?

Sometimes a single idea will anchor itself in your frontal lobe and won't release itself from your brain until your thinking changes shape. A couple of weeks ago, I heard a thought that started to push on my thinking. Maybe you can help me understand why this man's comment has been haunting me. First, some background: Our last day in Jerusalem, we attended a forum where young Messianic and Arab Christian leaders talked about the challenges and opportunities they were facing in Israel. Some … [Read more...]

Shalom (as in “good bye”) Israel

We arrived safe and sound in Round Lake after 11:00 p.m. last night, and jet lag is definitely taking hold of me this afternoon. However, I did want to give you a final look at our last couple of days in Israel. First, take a moment to pray for the continuing escalation of tensions across the Middle East. The entire region is undergoing a political and social shaking; the shaking has all kinds of spiritual implications. Sunday's nakba protests left at least 15 dead in Israel/Gaza, Lebanon … [Read more...]