New contract and knowing how long to stay

Well folks, I just signed a contract extension with the church I had been leading through transition. I wasn't planning on it at the beginning, but I think God had a different plan. It is not forever, as it is an interim role, but it we both felt we needed it. I get to continue … Continue reading New contract and knowing how long to stay

The Audacity of Hope

This book has literally been staring me down for the past 3 years. Given the current set of circumstances, it felt like a good time to crack it open. I am also preparing to preach for Trinity Sunday. It's the week after all of the Easter stuff is done, and we talked about the amazing … Continue reading The Audacity of Hope

Top 5 things you won’t change

To clarify, I have said in past posts that change is inevitable. We all know it, we just all have to find ways to deal with it. Now that we have that out of the way, let's move on to what you wouldn't change. So what are some things that have occurred during this pandemic … Continue reading Top 5 things you won’t change

How was your pandemic response?

There are plenty of great ideas and thoughts out there for how you should, or should have, responded to the Covid-19 crisis. No matter how great we are, we probably could have done better. But that's the thing with crisis. You don't get the privilege of planning ahead for it. So what is your metric … Continue reading How was your pandemic response?

What’s your southern comfort zone?

I love Southern Comfort Zone by Brad Paisley. So much so, I made my kids listen to it repeatedly on a trip through the American south a few years back. They will never be the same, and they tell me so every time I bring it up. The song brings up a good reminder for … Continue reading What’s your southern comfort zone?

You will never be the same

Crisis always changes us. Not necessarily in a traumatic way, but in the sense of disruption. We grow in crisis. Kids become teens, teens become adults, adults grow grey. Each crisis moves us. Nostalgic dreams kill us. Trying to live the past stops your growth, and hinders how you adapt. Not only are you stagnant, … Continue reading You will never be the same

Get Rhythm!

"Get rhythm, when you get the blues..." (Johnny Cash) I thought that might a nice way to start this week. Amidst the antsy discussions on social media, another distressing press conference on CNN, and the fact that it is snowing in the middle of April...again...it looks like we all could use a little Johnny Cash … Continue reading Get Rhythm!

Leadership on Maundy Thursday

So what image do you consider on Maundy Thursday? There are many different practices and household connections made on the day before Good Friday, and each person reflects in their own way as they enter the Easter weekend. Traditionally this is the time where we reflect on Christ displaying His love for His people as a Servant-King, … Continue reading Leadership on Maundy Thursday

Purpose in Purgatory? (Downloads…)

The title is a little misleading. I don't believe in purgatory. But this isolation during the Covid-19 isolation may change my mind. For some of you it is Holy Week, the days leading up to Good Friday and then Easter. It is a week of reflection and consideration of the work of Christ. For others, … Continue reading Purpose in Purgatory? (Downloads…)

Harmony within distance

A few prominent images presented themselves this past week: ...A prominent psychologist on a popular podcast discussing neighbouring and being in close proximity. Gives advice on it, and then shares how she walked away from dinner with a friend, and no longer called her a friend, because they disagreed on politics. ...The English prince and … Continue reading Harmony within distance

Peace in Pandemics

What does peace look like to you? If we observe the way the news and social media are treating our current global outbreak we might think it is hidden somewhere in the midst of more information. Checking my news apps has become a habit to the point of giving me a sore thumb. There are … Continue reading Peace in Pandemics

What’s the secret to your success?

Here's a quick review of a podcast I listened to some time ago, on what made a great CEO. I think it applies to all types of leadership positions. "No one could really give us a straight answer on what defined a good or bad leader...You look at the data, and there's 10 different recipes … Continue reading What’s the secret to your success?