Who is the Old Dude?

I celebrated a birthday last week.  I am now officially fifty-nine.  I saw my reflection in a window recently and wondered, “Who is the old dude?” I am pretty sure I am now older than my dad.  I should have seen it coming.  I didn’t, but I should have.  It is like Christmas most years. Continue reading “Who is the Old Dude?”

A Dozen Things I am Seeing in Churches (Post Resurrection 2021)

I don’t think anyone knows what the church world is going to look like in the immediate future.  It is not that “things have changed” and we need to adjust.  It is that things won’t quit changing.  Most of what I read concerning the future is what writers “hope happens” (extinction of the mega-church, collapseContinue reading “A Dozen Things I am Seeing in Churches (Post Resurrection 2021)”

Dump it Out

Thinking about people today; in particular, people I perceive have treated me unfairly. People who walked out, didn’t care to get accurate information and said things that hurt. I am sure everyone has a “they treated me wrong” bucket but the issue at hand is what to do with it. My suggestion is to emptyContinue reading “Dump it Out”

God Can Bless Anything (But Nothing)

When Melissa and I were married in 1983, we decided to tithe despite the fact we collectively made $60 a week.  When I say tithe, I mean the old fashioned, ten percent off the top, tithe.  Every week we wrote an extremely sacrificial check and put it in the offering plate, not just out ofContinue reading “God Can Bless Anything (But Nothing)”

Controlling What We Can

We have no say in how we are treated by others. We can not control what they say about us; whether what they say is true, whether we get a fair shake or whether we are denied the benefit of the doubt. What we CAN control are our attitudes, actions and reactions. We can choseContinue reading “Controlling What We Can”

Musings on MLK Weekend 2021

When my daughter Lydia was in high school we didn’t really talk much. We spent time together but we didn’t really talk. In fact, I used to joke that the words she most often spoke to me during her teen-age years were, “Dad, is mom there?” and that was over the telephone. When we didContinue reading “Musings on MLK Weekend 2021”

Need a Fresh Start in 2021?

I recently heard someone say they were “hoping” for a better year in 2021. It didn’t sit right with me. To quote my Financial Coach Mark Brooks, “Hope isn’t a strategy.” I suggest we “choose” a better year in 2021. Here are ten choices you can make right now! 1. Choose to be happy ThatContinue reading “Need a Fresh Start in 2021?”

Bring it On 2021! (I am not scared of you!)

BRING IT ON 2021! I am now fifty-eight. I am pretty sure that I am now older than my dad. I should have seen it coming. I didn’t, but I should have. About a decade back, I noticed the hair around my temples was turning bright white and the upper-back-part of my head was goingContinue reading “Bring it On 2021! (I am not scared of you!)”

Twenty Core Values to Guide You (in tough times)

Here are twenty core values that guide me every single day. Especially in tough times. 1. Remember your call. When things get tough, remember why you chose to do what you do. 2. Keep your primary relationships strong 3. Tend your soul 4. Get better every day 5. Add value to the lives of others.Continue reading “Twenty Core Values to Guide You (in tough times)”

Thinking About Returning to On-Site Church?

If you have not been to on-site services at your church since the pandemic began and are considering returning, here are seven thoughts: 1) Churches are running way less than half what they did per-pandemic; there is more room for distancing than you probably think. 2) Most churches have taken substantial measures to keep peopleContinue reading “Thinking About Returning to On-Site Church?”