Can You Rest Without Guilt?
Sep03

Can You Rest Without Guilt?

I used to feel guilty any time I took a break. I mean anytime. Sometimes I felt like I was wasting time that could have been spent on something more “worthwhile.” Other times I suffered from the “why wasn’t this money taken and given to the poor,” syndrome…though my vacations weren’t necessarily spendy. Getting away for a bit to replenish or spend time with the family was apparently fine for...

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When the Door Closes – A New Blog Series
Sep07

When the Door Closes – A New Blog Series

The average Christian has no earthly idea what happens when the door closes to the leadership meeting. Some don’t care. Most would, if they knew what happened in there. There is no C-SPAN for churches. I’m not sure there should or shouldn’t be. Obviously, there is a need for some confidentiality in talking about the intimate affairs of people’s lives. However, there are times when I think it might not be the...

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End of Week Stream of Consciousness, vol. 2
Aug19

End of Week Stream of Consciousness, vol. 2

Here’s this week’s “end of the week stream of consciousness”: The desert is a spiritual place for me. I don’t really know why. But, it’s interesting to note how many important biblical things happen in the desert wilderness. Why do those who decry evangelicalism’s supposed affinity with “right-wing” government efforts on the “biblical grounds” of staying clear of the...

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Where Wisdom Begins
Aug17

Where Wisdom Begins

Strong, godly leadership requires many virtues: patience, vision, humility, perseverance, and many more. Try as we might, we never get to the top of the mountain on any of these virtues. Yet, good leaders never stop pursuing them. If God allowed me to choose a virtue He would grant me, I would choose wisdom. Wisdom is essentially insight that allows one to make right choices. If one decides to pursue wisdom, one does well to realize...

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Prospects Versus Players
Aug10

Prospects Versus Players

I found my old baseball cards yesterday. I used to collect them. Not a pack here and there. Obsessively. Other than a brief venture into football and basketball cards—collecting baseball cards was my primary hobby until I went to college. I have memories of hours and hours of sorting cards to see if I had a complete set or trying to guess who the next megastar would be. One box I opened yesterday contained collections of what I call...

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