All Our Eggs in One Basket

Is the church in decline?

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain Perhaps you’ve heard or read a news item on the findings of a new report on religion in America published by the Pew Research Center. The link to America’s Changing Religious Landscape appears here. The main point reported is that the number of Americans […]

Hanging Tough

How to weather a setback

“Everybody hurts.” -R.E.M. Whether it is an injury or illness, getting passed over at work, a failed relationship or the loss of a loved one, each one of us will experience pain and hardship. The question for each of us then is: What will I do when it’s my turn? Here’s what I have found […]

Seven Principles of Fitness

Get in shape for life

“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger If you’re committed to becoming the best possible version of yourself, you can’t ignore your body. Maybe you have a gym membership, or maybe you own some weights, but do […]

What Your Boss Wants

Master these old-school basics

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” -Colossians 3:23 (NIV) Congratulations! You got the job! Now what? If you’re just entering the work force, or¬†changing to a new job, you wouldn’t be human if your excitement didn’t also contain a bit of apprehension. […]

Why Progress Is Not the Answer

All change is good? Eh, not so much

“How small, of all that human hearts endure, that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.” – Oliver Goldsmith We live in a technocratic age. There seems to be a handy solution to every problem — from the plots of 30 minute TV sitcoms, to the prescription medicine advertisements that sponsor them. If […]

Lead From The Front

It's futile to expect people to follow you when you're behind them

“Where there is no guidance, a people falls…” -Proverbs 11:14 (ESV) If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we return often to the topic of leadership. It’s intentional. We talk about leadership so much because good leadership is valuable. What’s at stake Look at the quotation at the head […]

One Tough Mother

A tribute to my mom

“It’s not a shame to have roaches — it’s a shame to feed ’em!” -my mom In honor of Mothers Day, I want to share a few thoughts about my mom. We live two states apart so I don’t see her as often as either of us would like, but we are still quite close. […]

Man Proposes, God Disposes

Be careful what you wish for

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” -Proverbs 14:12 (ESV) What we wish we had and what the world actually contains are often two different things. As I have written previously here, ambition and restlessness — what some have called divine discontent — can […]