The Speed of Change

The Speed of Change

When we were small children, the future was simply tomorrow. While it seemed distant, it was only a good night’s sleep away.  Later, the future turned into dreams: what will you be when you grow up?  The future felt like it was eons away, but it beckoned us with...
Treasures New and Old

Treasures New and Old

Jesus once said: “Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matthew 13:52).  A householder managed a large estate on behalf of its wealthy owners: they...
Everything Breaks Down

Everything Breaks Down

Any homeowner can tell you concrete cracks.   Metal also rusts.  Wood warps.  Caulk fails. Paint peals and sunlight fades everything.  Sometimes we can get by with touching up our home’s age spots.  But, if we own the house long enough, we eventually face a remodeling...
Courage to Become

Courage to Become

I’ll never forget August 3, 1995. The family and I were in Destin, Florida with good friends. We vacationed here regularly during the child-rearing years. We did the same thing every summer. We had our place to stay, our spot on the beach, and our list of restaurants...
Creatively Outrageous Congregations

Creatively Outrageous Congregations

I recently heard an interview with George Lois, a leader in the advertising world in the 1950’s who helped revolutionize the industry. His innovations transformed advertising and made several of his clients into household names. I found his comments about creativity...
What is a Recombobulation Area?!

What is a Recombobulation Area?!

I’ve seen a lot of unusual things, people and events in airports. It takes something special to get a reaction from me. Recently, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. In fact, I took a photo (above) of the sign just to be sure I was seeing what I thought I...