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Staying Engaged

I often joke with my wife that we should leave everything behind, go create a monastery and make chocolate and beer for the rest of our lives. And as it is with most jokes, there’s some truth behind it. There certainly are days where I want to just disengage from this crazy world and sequester […]

Christians and Politics

Time flies! I haven’t posted a blog in more than a month! That doesn’t mean, however, I haven’t written a couple. I have but decided better about publishing them! They actually were pretty good, but after I thought about them a bit, I realized they didn’t really add anything to the discussion so I filed […]

What the World Needs Now is Humility

There’s an old song that says, “What the world needs now is love sweet love.” I’m going to change that lyrics by one word: What the world needs now is humility sweet humility! For a while I couldn’t put my finger on what was annoying and agitating me so much when I read the news […]

A Reader’s Response

It’s not often that I get much response to my blogs other than a few short comments on Facebook and likes here and there. But, last week after I wrote about Men, Ministry and Sexual Misconduct I received an email that I want to share. Julia Ruggieri is a high school math teacher in southern […]

Men, Ministry and Sexual Misconduct

The Bill Hybels sexual misconduct allegations and subsequent falling dominos at Willow Creek Community Church have spawned a number of articles, including some I’ve written! Today, I’ve seen a couple posts on Christian blogs about pastoral conduct and it has spurred me to put down my own thoughts on the matter. So, if you dare, […]

Race in America – Fighting the Wrong Fight

Driving back to Salem from Portland the other day I had an interesting thought pop into my head. “We’re fighting the wrong fight.” Like most middle-aged white guys, I don’t really like talking about race in America. It’s not that I don’t have lots of thoughts on the subject – I do. But in this […]

When a Leader Fails

This week I’ll be going to the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) video cast as I’ve done the past six years or so. But unlike previous years, I am heavily conflicted about attending. You see, GLS is the brain child of Bill Hybels the now disgraced founder and pastor of Willow Creek Church in Barrington, IL. […]