Camp Won’t Change Your Life

Every summer, I get the opportunity to speak at two or three Jr High or High School Summer Camps around the country. It is awesome. I love camp. There are so many great things that happen at summer camp. As a speaker, I tend to tell a lot of stories…that bring a lot of laughter…that make a point…that encourage students …

Best Weight Loss Plan

I will often tell people that when I stopped growing up, I started growing out. If they giggle, I’ll usually follow up with – I’ve noticed that a lot of people are afraid of heights…I’m afraid of widths. (thank Steven Wright!) If they’ve stuck around and found my robust, self-deprecating humor somewhat entertaining I’ll conclude with an I’m twice the …

The iPad: To Buy Or Not To Buy

It is really difficult being an “early adopter” sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to know about (and sometimes own) the latest gadget and software inventions. I am glad I have an innate curiosity to know what’s out there and what’s next on the horizon. But I’m often caught in the upgrade mindset. This is where I come to …

Divisive Speech

I was sitting in a session this morning, listening to the President of Trevecca Nazarene University, Dan Boone, share from his heart about something that he’s been thinking about lately…divisive speech. He has a growing concern for the way we’re talking to each other. I appreciated his emphasis on investing in healthy relationships. He cautioned us on two dangers that …

When Will The Leader Emerge?

In my work with student leaders I’m often asked how one becomes a leader. My first response: Lead yourself first. That’s a given in each and every situation. But there are other ways that one can move into a the role of a leader – whether you’re in a position or not. Here are some of my ideas: A leader …

One Last Shot At Influence

I met with a group of student leaders last week. The group was mostly made up of Class Council members who were coming to the end of their leadership positions. At this point in the academic year, schools are working through the election and selection process of student leaders for next year. That put all of these students in a …

He Is Risen! Happy Easter!

Frederick Beuchner is one of my favorite authors. In a personal reflection on the effects of Holy Week that culminate in the glory of Easter, he writes… “Darkness symbolizes that out of which faith can arise, that which faith must somehow confront. The great opponents, if you want, of darkness and light are brought together within a space of less …

When An Apology Is Not Enough

Early on in my work as a youth pastor, I would do quite a bit of counseling with young people and the adults who served on my staff. Over time, I learned that I’m not a very good counselor. I warned people that I wouldn’t go to me for counseling! But there are some simple things that people can do …