Honoring Veterans: Leaders in Commitment and Courage

There are only three things for which I have said that I would sacrifice my life, if need be. They are faith, family, and country. It was my privilege as a young person to serve aboard the US Navy Submarine Tender, USS Fulton, as an expression of commitment to country. For the Navy hymn, click here. We take time on …

Flying Purple People Eaters

“Flying Purple People Eater” is a novelty tune from the early days of rock and roll. It was number one on the pop charts in 1958, in spite of the fact that the lyrics made little—if any–sense. To hear an original edition of this number about an alien who comes out of the sky, has one long horn, one big …

All About Saws

“Saw:” a twisted and gory R-rated horror film that some may be watching on Halloween, but I will not—not ever. Instead, on Halloween I’ll be thinking about the five “solas” of the Protestant Reformation: Sola scriptura (by faith alone), Sola fide (by faith alone), Sola gratia (by grace alone), Solus Christus (by Christ alone), Soli Deo gloria (glory to God …

On the Worst Day of Your Life

As a leader, you’ve navigated through times when everything falls apart, even times when you’ve thought, “This is the worst day of my life.”Pastor Tom Holladay of Saddleback Church offers guidelines on his “Drive Time” podcast of October 17, 2013. To listen to the podcast, click here. The guidelines are based upon the book, What to Do on the Worst Day of Your …

Go, Dog. Go!

Go, Dog. Go! is a Seuss-esque children’s book about dogs on the go. The story includes lots of things that go, all ridden on or driven by dogs… bikes, scooters, skates, skis, cars, roller coasters, carts,  boats, ferris wheels, and hot air balloons.  You can have someone read the book to you by clicking here.A leader needs to be on-the-go… …

Rainy Days and Mondays – Dealing with Discouragement

When in juxtaposition to one another, the songs “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “Singin’ in the Rain” reflect the extremes of our emotions.Karen Carpenter sings, “Hangin’ around, nothing to do but frown. Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.” To feel sad, click here. Gene Kelly, in contrast, soft (soggy)-shoes while crooning, “I’m singing in the rain, just singing …

Learning to Flop

Instead of approaching the high jump bar straight-on or from the side, Dick Fosbury leapt backwards over the bar, landing on his shoulders and back. The 1968 Olympics were a turning point in the history of the high jump. Up until this time, jumpers would mainly use the straddle, scissors, or roll techniques to clear the bar. Everything changed when …

Everyone Wins When A Leader . . .

“Everyone wins when a leader gets better.” – Bill Hybels This email celebrates* (see link at page bottom) those lay leaders who are growing in their ministry competencies. In addition to the courses that they are taking, each has a mentor with whom he or she regularly meets. CLC coordinates the mentoring process, the facilitation of courses, and the development …

Serotiny and Leadership

It takes heat for them to fulfill their purpose. Only when being burned do they release seeds that begin a new cycle of life. I’m referring to the serotinous pine cone of the lodgepole pine tree.These pine cones sit stagnant for years, appearing to be dysfunctional in comparison to other pine cones. But then, when you would least expect it, …

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

This week marks the 112th anniversary of the beginning of an interesting era in American politics. On September 14, 1901, President McKinley was assassinated, and Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, became the youngest person to ever serve as our nation’s president. “Teddy” would lead his country for the next seven and one-half years. On his way to the presidency, he …