Practical Faith

I Can’t Wait to Meet Grandma Lois

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Grandma Lois. When I get to heaven, she’s one of the first people I want to talk with. Sure, Grandma Lois isn’t as well known as her grandson Timothy, and she’s particularly less famous than her grandson’s mentor, Paul. But she […]

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6 Traits of an Excellent Worker

I’m not a soldier. No, Colonel Jessup, I’ve never picked up a weapon and stood a post. I’ve never fought in a great battle, never landed in hostile territory, and have never really worn a military uniform of any kind. I’m also not an especially gifted athlete. I crank out a few miles every week […]

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Two Ingredients of Every Good Strategy

Usually, voices in your head are not a good thing, but I’ve learned about two that are. And they’re not the typical stereotype of competing voices in your head … When it comes to planning and strategy, there are two voices you always want to hold in tension. They’re the […]

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Do strategy and Scripture have anything to do with each other? I’m convinced they do. Sometimes it is clearly stated in a single passage and other times it is embedded deep in the narrative or overall context. Too often we separate and compartmentalize the Scriptures from our real world of […]

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Wanted: Honest Opinions

The older I get the more I appreciate the trait of transparency. I want people around me who will tell it like it is. Not quite Ron Swanson level of straight talk, but straight talk nonetheless. For example, I recently needed to hire a new team member in one of […]

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Coffee and the Kingdom: Why Churches Start Coffee Shops

why churches start coffee shops

“It’s not just coffee we’re selling.” So says a barista at a Charlotte coffee shop called The Third Place. She speaks for millions of people, and in a recent twist, millions of Christians. For decades, coffee shops have been the place for people to gather. Think Central Perk from Friends, or […]

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Living an Ordinary Life: Are you Missing Something?

I have a good friend who nearly died last year. From a medical perspective, he should have. He lived, though, and he told me not long ago about the odd experience of living when people thought he would die. People who see him now sometimes say something like, “God must […]

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Get Over Yourself – A Guide to Being a Thoughtful Leader

being a thoughtful leader

Spent and focused. Those two words describe me in an airport on a recent trip back home. Traveling home means I’ve spent the past 24-48 hours in intense meetings, problem-solving big issues with clients. So, when I get to the airport headed for home, I’m low in energy, brain power, […]

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Four Guiding Principles of Relationships

principles of relationships

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people, President Theodore Roosevelt once said. NASA has said the outlier of all space missions is the people dynamics. This makes sense. They can get all the science, math, and engineering figured out but the […]

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