Two qualities we all need in order to become better leaders

trail breaking is just like any other leadership

Look at any cultural institution:  family, church, education, government - and you'll quickly find evidence of a leadership crisis.  Broken marriages, absent parents, hypocrisy and power abuse, and the obvious lack of moral fiber to make hard decisions are evidence that the crisis is an epidemic.  The fruits of these failures is a polarized culture addicted to trivialities, power, and the value of appearance over substance. It can feel overwhelming, but there's something each of us can do.  … [Read more...]

The best question to ask when you are overwhelmed and stressed

Standing at the base of something as big as Mt. Rainier can seem overwhelming and impossible, but lessons learned there can help us navigate the realities of life and leadership because you don't climb a mountain with a leap; you climb it step by step.  Here's what I mean:Taxes.  Job stress.  Family dysfunctions.  Broken appliances.  Big decisions.  Illness.  Car problems.  Commuting stress.  World news.  The sum of all this is stress, and unless it's dealt with the stress itself will become … [Read more...]

Quitting Religion for Lent?

"I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your assemblies.  Even though you offer me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offering of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them"  Amos the prophetIt happens to all of us at times;  Events and moments which, in better times, would be pregnant with joy and meaning, are reduced to obligations.  "Off to church with you" your mind says, on a Sunday morning, and so there you go.  Singing; che … [Read more...]

The Path… why we desparately need silence, solitude, and paying attention

a simple overnight can teach life changing lessons

My daughter and I are going up into the high country, but we'll be taking the road less traveled.Instead of parking at a trailhead and following a line on a map, we'll be walking up, behind the chalet we purchased nearly one year ago with a vision of offering hospitality, space to hear God's voice, and a sharing of life in a mountain setting with guests.  This way of getting to our destination offers no line on a map - just word of mouth, unused and overgrown roads and subtle paths which, if … [Read more...]

Raw Gospel – Convicting and Challenging

In a book filled with stunning events, one that surely must rank near the top of the list is found, almost in passing, in John 13, where Jesus, just hours prior to his arrest and execution, washes his disciples feet.  That the maker of the universe would stoop so low is, itself, a shocker.  People of rank aren't prone to embrace the towel and basin, not even in the best of times.  But on this night we're given clues into Jesus mindset as he enters this evening, and it's these "behind the cu … [Read more...]

On pins and needles: faith and acupuncture

If you visit this blog regularly, you know that I believe in the authority of the Bible as the final voice regarding what God has to say about our world, where it came from, what's wrong with it, where history is headed, and how humankind can be restored to God.  You know, too, that I believe in the uniqueness and centrality of Christ, and preach that He is indeed, the door, the way, the truth, and the life - the single door through which all must walk for eternal life.  I agree with my most c … [Read more...]

Seeing: the father of endurance

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Mt. Lafayette is, by any Pacific Northwest standards, just a hill, topping off at a mere 5,249 feet.  It's beautiful in it's own right, but only a hill.  Still, the hike to to the summit is an exercise in endurance because most of the hike is shrouded in forest, save the few openings where one is able to see some remarkable granite walls (next time I'm bringing climbing gear).  The cocktail of steep sections, wet rocks, and warm air thick with humidity makes the journey a little boring.  Without … [Read more...]

Seeing: the father of endurance

P1040291

Mt. Lafayette is, by any Pacific Northwest standards, just a hill, topping off at a mere 5,249 feet.  It's beautiful in it's own right, but only a hill.  Still, the hike to to the summit is an exercise in endurance because most of the hike is shrouded in forest, save the few openings where one is able to see some remarkable granite walls (next time I'm bringing climbing gear).  The cocktail of steep sections, wet rocks, and warm air thick with humidity makes the journey a little boring.  Without … [Read more...]


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