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My Best Christmas Present Ever

A really (really) expensive watch, a wilderness fishing trip, a hand painted (literally hand painted) picture from my child, a signed book from one of my heroes. These would certainly all be in the ru…

Stop Running from Rest

What everyone wants is the very thing that we need more than we realize. Rest. True biblical rest. A real break from the weight and pressure of life and work. It’s interesting, though, that we run f…

An Executive Summary of the Gospel

The Sermon on the Mount has always captivated me. More than likely, this is because I love it when a proven leader delivers a distilled executive summary or brief, and that is exactly what Jesus does …

Autobiographical Theology

We all operate with a framework for navigating life and work. For some it is a well-defined, intentional set of core beliefs and truth. For some it is an ever-evolving bowl of beliefs and experiences.…

The Benefit of Brokenness

Maybe you’re familiar with the story I’m referring to. It’s found in Genesis 32 in the Old Testament. Alone for the night, the patriarch Jacob is confronted by “a Mysterious Man,” and the tw…

41 Deposits

One blueberry bagel, double toasted, with fruit spread on the side. This morning I was eating a bagel in the same local cafe where my son, Kile, and I talked about life over breakfast for more than th…

5 Tips for Parents of Graduates

300 feet. 2 seconds. These numbers may not mean much to you, but if you were a pilot sitting on the deck of an aircraft carrier, they would mean a great deal. 300 feet. That’s the entire length of a…

Don’t Miss this Daily Double

When I hear the phrase Give me a double, I don’t think of alcohol. I think of my buddy Mark. No matter which restaurant, no matter the type of food, no matter the time of day, he always ordered a do…

Leaving A Leadership Legacy

“Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.” That’s what the inscription on Sam Walton’s grave reads. Not “Wal-Mart founder” or “Billionaire philanthropist” or “Man who transfor…

New Wineskins for Faith at Work

Two good friends and I started a magazine in the late 1990s. Over the years, I’ve been a part of plenty of things that didn’t go well, but this one was a smashing success. The magazine was called …

A Tale of Two Funerals

AA few months back, two funerals occurred in the same week in our community. Both were men I knew who had lived a long life and had great community reach. I assumed the funerals would be pretty simila…

Don’t Forget to Tie Up Your Camel

“Trust in God but tie up your camel” reads the ancient Arabian proverb. In other words, have faith, but don’t neglect common sense. Too often we split these concepts and treat them as if they we…

Every Family Needs a 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…

The 5 Big Questions of Life

Google “Meaning of life” and you come up with some quotes like these: “Life is like an onion. You peel it off a layer at a time and sometimes you weep.”—Carl Sandburg “When I’m lost, I j…

Celebrity-ism and Leadership

Quick. Name the Christian you admire the most. Perhaps you said your brother or your grandmother or your early cell group leader. Perhaps like Edith Schaeffer, you consider the question of the greates…
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