"I believed in Jesus, I just couldn't stand the church." I am sure you have heard a statement like that in the past. Maybe you have even said something like that. I know I have, and I have worked in church ministry since the 90s! We are seeing all kinds of changes happening in the … Continue reading The Jesus I wanted to know
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?
"That's what you do in a herd." That, of course, is the famous line from Diego the sabre-toothed tiger in the classic movie Ice Age. Diego, after travelling with Manny the mammoth and Sid the sloth throughout the story, becomes protective of his former prey. He becomes part of their herd and risks his life … Continue reading Faith in Isolation
I used to say I do not have heroes. And over time I realized I do, I just do not call them heroes. I do not like the word. Why? Simply put, heroes will fall. Heroism is what we all desire within ourselves and hope to emulate to others. The pedestal we build for a … Continue reading Heroes Will Fall
"Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth." (Mike Tyson) That was one of my favourite lines from a conference I took in a few years ago. The speaker shared about how many people did not enjoy the politics of the organization, but came on staff, trained, but then threw up their … Continue reading Help people be their best
"You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?" –Mark Twain He forgot the part about a … Continue reading Easter and life after Sunday
(A little departure from my usual posts, this is the meditation I am sharing tonight at Church of The Way to start Lent. Enjoy!) Why Ash Wednesday? Well, because it follows Shrove Tuesday of course! Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, whichever you prefer. That was the day you cleansed your household of any hindrances … Continue reading Why Ash Wednesday?
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?
"Helping people find who they are, where they are" That's my motto, and that is what this week is all about. Right now I get to walk with a group of young adults as they discern the path ahead, both in their faith, and in vocational direction. Speaking to them about personality and identity is … Continue reading This week: Personality and Listening!
They'll let anyone into this place! And am I glad 😁 I am blessed to bring 3 sessions to these young leaders on the power of community when you work on a team. Especially when stress hits. It takes all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Not just your will. In fact, it might break your … Continue reading Joy is key to your team
The Easter weekend is upon us, and once again I reflect on the work of Christ. In leadership, I focus much of my attention on this work as the basis of my ability. As I said earlier, the humble leader stands out. In this case, for millennia. As I considered this throughout the week, I … Continue reading Good Friday is really Good
We need more of them. Somehow we have slipped into another era of robust and loud leadership, albeit relational. But humble leadership stands out in all settings. Check out this article from Harvard Business Review for a bit more technical view: https://hbr.org/2017/04/if-humble-people-make-the-best-leaders-why-do-we-fall-for-charismatic-narcissists Are you humble? Reflecting on the last week of Lent, referred to as the … Continue reading Are you a humble leader?