Can You Beat Our Engagement Story?

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This is an invitation.  No, it’s a challenge.  It is a challenge for all you young guys that follow my blog that are looking at some point in the future to get engaged.  I am throwing down the gauntlet.  When that day comes when you are to get engaged, I want you to beat my story.

Recently, I was sharing with a young guy about marriage.  At some point in the conversation, we began to talk about how I got engaged.  With excitement, I relived this memory that is almost 10 years old.  We had a good time talking about all the details and how the story played out.

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Can Your Child Go To Camp Alone?

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Summer camp can be a great experience for kids of all ages.  Having been a part of camp ministry for almost 20 years, I know that when the weather turns warm, people start thinking about sending their kids to camp.  At the very same time, it is when many parents get cold feet, unsure if their child is ready for an experience like summer camp. Continue Reading…

Diversity: Is It That Big Of A Deal?

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Diversity is in.  It is politically correct.  Businesses want people to be sensitive to it.  Ministries are aching to become more diverse in their leadership.  But why?  Is it really that big of a deal?

As part of a Global Leadership program, I am in Colorado Springs for the next two weeks.  In preparing to come, I noticed on the schedule that a good amount of time the first week here would be spent hearing from each of the people in the program as they shared their personal faith journey stories.

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God Is God, And I Am Not. My Thoughts On Love Wins.

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Love Wins has been the hot topic of Christians and non-christians alike over the past two months.  It is mega-church pastor and author, Rob Bell’s, latest release, which now sits near the top of the NY Times Bestseller list.

Beginning when Justin Taylor wrote a blog post claiming Bell might be a universalist, it seems everyone has been seeking any opportunity to offer their viewpoints.  To date, my favorite review of this book has to be Donald Miller’s concise, and very honest take on it.  You can read it here.

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Finish Well. Start Now.

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Leading people is tiring.  If you’ve ever been in a position of influence, I’m sure you’d agree.  At times, it is stressful, lonely, and people are exposed to your flaws continuously.  It’s kind of like the old African proverb says: “It is the monkey that climbs the tree the highest, where everyone sees his rear.”  So true.

A few years ago I stood in front of a room full of young people, who were all learning a lot about leadership at the time.  At they time, they didn’t know that the  senior leadership team I was part of had just made some seriously difficult decisions.  While they were staring at me with eager eyes to learn, I told them, “If you think you want to lead, you don’t.  If you think leading is glamorous, it isn’t.  If you think leadership is where it’s at, it’s not.”

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Should Feelings Direct Our Decisions?

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We’ve all been there, standing at a crossroads of a decision, unsure of which way we ought to take.  For those of us who desire to honor God with our lives, we can become stalled out as we seek to hear God for clear direction.  What should we do in such a situation? Continue Reading…

When Life Is Changed Forever

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Most days are mainly like the day before.  But every once in a while, a day sticks out among others.  It is one that you couldn’t have really prepared for, and one you wish you could give back.  Those days are life-changers.

My friends, Rick & Judy Taylor wrote a book years ago about the drowning death of their son.  They started the day with a certain number of kids, but ended it with one less.  I can’t imagine the hurt, pain and sense of loss they experienced as they lay in bed that night.

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What Does Spiritual Leadership Look Like In Marriage?

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Many Christian men want to lead their wives spiritually, but they have no idea what that means.  Many Christian women want to be led spiritually by their husbands, but they’re not really sure what it looks like to follow.  Often times, what can result is a chaotic mess of unmet expectations. Continue Reading…

Be More Effective. Technology Can Help

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Our world has changed dramatically over the past 10 years.  If you aren’t increasing in your awareness and knowledge of technology, you will find yourself quickly out of touch.  The key is not becoming a technological guru, but in knowing one…or two.

I’m the guy always calling our network administrator complaining about something going haywire on my computer.  The printer always seems to break when I use it.  So it is a little ironic that I am writing a post on this topic.  I am writing on this only because I think the little steps I’ve made in this direction have yielded huge returns.

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Be More Effective. Utilize An Assistant Better

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Being ineffective is one of the worst places to find yourself. It seems that every few months, I notice the way I am operating needs some tweaking.  When that happens, I must step back and evaluate how I am spending my time.  This is the first of a few posts this week about what has helped increase my effectiveness over the years.

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the “Manager Tools” podcast.  I listened to it off an on for quite some time, and found some of the podcasts very interesting and helpful.  We eventually had one of the founders of the podcast, Mark Horstman, out to speak to our entire staff.   Although the presentation was much different than I expected, I still apply a few of the principles he shared with us that day.

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