Pebbles in Your Pocket

Pebbles in Your Pocket

By the time you read this, the “peaceful transition of power,” one of the hallmarks of our democracy, will be in process or will have occurred. New leaders bring new ideas and policies which elicit both hope and fear. William Bridges defines a time of transition as an...
How Do Leaders Become Leaders?

How Do Leaders Become Leaders?

Recently my friend, Joe, and I were playing golf in Dallas. Inevitably when we play our conversation turns to church.  Joe is a trusted friend and former chaplain.  As we talked about the ebb and flow of church life we both spoke admiringly of our church’s...
High Anxiety

High Anxiety

Anyone feeling anxious? A better question: anyone NOT feeling anxious? God’s people in the 21st century suffer a serious malady.  We mouth the words of faithfulness while we live lives dominated by anxiety and frustration. For every time we parrot “God is good, all...
Choose Your Words Carefully

Choose Your Words Carefully

Here are ten words/phrases that I would prefer not to experience personally. Oncologist Hospice Bankruptcy Betrayal Depression Suicide Divorce Termination Conflict Jail Unfortunately, over the past fourteen days, ten different people that I care about have become...
Tidying Up the Church

Tidying Up the Church

Be surrounded by the things you love. I’m immersed in a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Kondo is Japanese and has used the first parts of her last and first names to describe her methods of changing personal living spaces for the...
Things We Never Needed

Things We Never Needed

My friend, Dr. Bill Wilson, loves to quote the words to a favorite old hymn. “O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s a light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free! Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in his...