Advent and how we love

"What's love got to do with it?!" Tina Turner Ah yes, the title line from one of my favourite Tina Turner songs. The season is festive, and this installment of the Advent season is all about love. It is pretty fitting to talk about love as it seems to fill the whole Christmas celebration! Love is … Continue reading Advent and how we love

Advent and the season of joy!

This is the week of joy in the Advent season. People often struggle with this one, and it impacts how they lead out. There was a study done in Sweden some time back, regarding the happiness people experience in life. Is it found in completing all their goals and getting what they want? Or is … Continue reading Advent and the season of joy!

Advent Peace

"How do we respond when we understand the neediness of our souls?" John Ortberg That is the question John Ortberg asks at the end of one of the chapters in Soul Keeping. I had never really considered my soul needy, but this concept has a lot of credibility. My soul yearns, but everything else seems to … Continue reading Advent Peace

Advent reflections as you lead

So I am a little behind on this one, but as they say, better late than never! The Advent season started last Sunday, so I will post now, and another will follow within a few days. I originally sent this series as a 'Motivational Monday' email series to subscribers. I hope it blesses you as … Continue reading Advent reflections as you lead

Celebrating a Human Saviour

Christmas is the time to meet Jesus in the flesh. Meeting your heroes, seeing them 'in the flesh' means more than finding a picture online. They become real -- good or bad. Being in the flesh comes to mean we are real and human. It is hard to imagine anyone in the room without their … Continue reading Celebrating a Human Saviour

Humble Communication

"Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy" I used to absolutely hate singing this song in church. It still makes me cringe. But for some reason I've been humming it a lot this Advent season. The song is based on a comparison Jesus makes between the postures of 2 people while praying. "Thanks for not making … Continue reading Humble Communication

Is work like family?

A friend shared with me his love of knives, specifically, the legendary Buck knives. If you go to their website, buy a product, or just sign up for regular emails, you will get the 'family intro'. It is a promise of their integrity, pride in their product, and their claim to an outstanding warranty. What … Continue reading Is work like family?

Merry Festivus!

So maybe you're not into Christmas like I am... Sorry. Thankfully, Jerry Seinfeld came up with a response for the personality types that prefer no outward celebration of holidays or festivities: Festivus! I celebrate mine by fully preparing for Christmas, so there are no airing of grievances here. But maybe a little feats of strength... … Continue reading Merry Festivus!

Leadership and the Advent Season!

Have you ever compared the themes of Advent with the themes of leadership? I have. Not just for my status as a leader in a group, but for my personal life as well. Who I am and how I see myself. My belief is that the outcomes we desire in leadership are the same as … Continue reading Leadership and the Advent Season!

What are you hoping for?

The season of Advent is coming to a close, now we celebrate with the ancients at the arrival of the King. The most basic description of the word is ‘waiting’; it can also mean ‘arrival’. Both are important, especially if you are like me, and you think of ‘adventure’ whenever you hear the word. There … Continue reading What are you hoping for?