I’m looking forward to surprising my wife for Christmas! I’ve been stumped on what to get her, after all she already has me so what more could she ever want? However, when I had lunch with a good buddy yesterday he told me what he was getting for his wife and that inspired me. I can hardly wait to see her surprise.

I’m on mission right now to surprise a few other people as well. In fact, that’s my daily prayer. Surprises don’t have to be expensive―by definition they just have to be unexpected. Surprise and Christmas go hand in glove. The first Christmas came as a surprise to everyone. Certainly the shepherds were stunned with the angelic news that changed the world forever. Read more »


Your habits are powerful! They shape your life for good and for ill. I’ve got habits - some good ones and some not so good - and so do you!

Some of my bad habits:

I let emails of unread articles and various links pile up until they overwhelm my inbox - I’m embarrassed to have over 400 sitting there right now!
I too often put off making travel arrangements - I sometimes even forget I didn’t do it!
I eat way too much ice-cream (though rarely more than once a day!). Read more »


I hate accountability; most people do. It’s not just true for presidential candidates, it’s even true for pastors. While we’re daily reminded of the failures of our national leaders to be honorable and truthful, we’re also painfully and frequently reminded of the failures of church leaders to be godly. We all know better; why then don’t we do better, when most of us yearn to be holy? Well, as Dr. Archibald Hart said, “Christian leaders don’t fall because they are holy, they fall because they forget they are human.” Read more »

Leadership Accountability


I just finished grilling with my famous garlic lime chicken recipe -- it was great! I not only grilled it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even shared some with my favorite wife. I know . . . I’m a generous guy! But what if I grilled the chicken and shared it with her and then refused to eat it myself? What if I told Linda that she should eat it while I refused to join her? I don’t need to tell you that wouldn’t have gone over so well. So, why then do so many leaders so often tell others what they should do yet fail to do it themselves? Read more »


Soul care isn’t brain surgery; it’s harder . . . because it’s a matter of the heart. As John Slavel has observed, “Heart work is hard work indeed!”

Some Christian leaders have big heads and small hearts. “Shop talk” can be a good thing, but a “heady” thing focusing primarily on ideas, information and inspiration. By contrast, “soul care” is more of a heart thing, especially focusing on insight, illumination and transformation. There are three essential ingredients in the recipe for transformational covenant groups:
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Catching fish is fun, but frankly I wondered if it would ever happen. Prior to my recent experience on the Madison River in Montana, I had only “gone fishing” . . . I had never “got fish!” Here are three fishing lessons I’ve learned, along with three life lesson as well!
#1: Everybody needs somebody. My Montana experience was successful only because of my professional fly fishing guides. Yes, I had more than just one―over four days I actually had three of them! These guys never once talked down to me, instead they patiently instructed and consistently encouraged me. They each made it clear that their success was my success. Read more »


Secrets - everyone has them. I’ve been close to a group of business entrepreneurs for years. We used to gather every week for lunch, now we connect every few months and it’s always a grand reunion. Recently, as we finished our sandwiches in a business conference room, I interrupted the chatter by reading a passage from Matthew 5. When I asked what stood out the most in the teaching of Jesus, several immediately referenced this passage from The Message paraphrase I was using.

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On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your last getaway? Sadly, most vacations just don’t measure up to our expectations. We often return home stressed and maybe even in debt. Traveling is expensive, but some experiences are more than worth it. They might even be described as a trip of a lifetime. We just returned from one of those and believe it or not, we don’t want to do it again. Why? We can’t imagine how another pilgrimage to the Holy Land could ever be as fulfilling! Read more »


My wife wants me to join a flexibility class at the gym. I asked if there’s a “flex test” to join the “Flex Class!” I’ve got all the flexibility of an aluminum pole in the dead of winter. Maybe that’s why I might need the class. I’ve got some serious stretching limitations!
No matter how flexible a person may be, we all have our limits. Think about it, we can only be at one place at one time. We can only be married to one person at a time. We can only drive one car at a time. We can only eat one meal at a time. We can only have one conversation at a time. You get the point.
We all need to learn to live within our God-given boundaries. Even those of us who take pride in our supposedly amazing multi-tasking capacities are told that we actually accomplish less, not more, by our lack of focus. Read more »


I’ll let you in on a secret…I’m a successful investor. For many years now, my area of special concentration has been investing…investing in people. While I’ve had many setbacks and even a few painful and gut-wrenching losses, overall I’ve still enjoyed a marvelous return on my investments. As a result, today I am a relational bizillionaire! Read more »

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