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Ordinary Greatness

February 18, 2014


As a young believer, I was inspired by the early church in the book of Acts because of the numbers of converts.  Likewise, men like Hudson Taylor, Dawson Troutman, Jim Rayburn, Harold Ockenga, and Billy Graham inspired me to accomplish great things for the Lord.  Henrietta Mears and Mother Theresa are also on my list […]

Putting first things first in baseball and life

May 6, 2013


Last week, I coached the season opener for the Sycamore Rockets; it was a game filled with thrilling moments for these young baseball players.  In fact, it was the first game ever for most of the players.  What set this game apart from any I’ve coached or even watched was not the “inside the park […]

Creating Culture – Part 2

April 2, 2013


How do we create culture?  The question is far too broad and deep to thoroughly address in a blog post (or even a series of posts).  Brilliant men and women spend their lives studying culture.  As leaders, we need to continually challenge ourselves; therefore, it is a worthwhile endeavor to spend time thinking, reading, and […]

Creating Culture

February 5, 2013


“The best Young Life is yet to be done.” Do you believe this? For years, older YL staff would encourage younger staff and leaders with that statement. It is a wonderful idea that rests upon a profound understanding of culture. Part of this understanding is a belief that the best way to impact culture is […]

Disciplined Reflection

December 27, 2012


For many of us, December is a natural time to pause and reflect on our lives; the school year is one-half complete, many of our leaders have gone home for Christmas break, and we have fewer meetings scheduled.   If you have not yet taken time away, consider the findings of counselor and executive coach Richard […]

Technology – be still and know that I am God

November 13, 2012


The first section of Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Great leaders spend quality time in quiet reflection. Are you able to be still?  With all the responsibilities and commitments associated with family, work, and life in general, uninterrupted times of reflection can feel like a luxury. When we do take […]

Take the Long View

May 1, 2012


The world in which we do ministry is moving at a break-neck pace. Families rarely eat meals together, relying rather on fast food from the drive thru as kids are shuttled from one activity to the next. The Information Age and Digital Revolution have placed more information at our finger tips than used to be […]