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 …

Movie About Babies…Called “Babies”

Everybody loves… BABIES. Coming to theatres this Mother’s Day Weekend (May 7th), this visually stunning new movie simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from first breath to first steps. From Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo, BABIES joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal …

New Twitter Background

Since I like to play around in the area of graphic design I’m always tweaking things. For instance, today I created a new background for my Twitter page. I wanted something simple that used the picture that I put over on the sidebar of this site. I took a screenshot of my April Fool’s Day tweet. Don’t you think it …