Leadership Life Personal Growth Student

Message From A Goat

Okay, I know I just completely set myself up to be the punchline of your next joke, but give me a chance to explain.  This is an actual headline that I read: Coast Guard Rescues Man Kicked Off Mountain By Goat  Surprisingly, even after reading the story tweeted out this morning by Fox News, we […]

Discipleship Leadership Life Personal Growth Student


When we think of influence, we instincivly  think of some highly charismatic, strong personality, motivated and driven leader.  Pause with me however today, and abandon your preconceived ideas of a person with influence.  As a career student pastor, I have noticed that leadership, and influence, comes in a wide range and variety of packages.  It […]

Life Personal Growth


Okay, I admit it…I like White Castle.  No, let me rephrase, I LOVE White Castle.  I can remember my first Pastor taking me to White Castle as a youngster, what a special treat!  And where we lived, they served Big Red (think cream soda, but better)…that my friend was the good ole days!  So, I’ve […]

Evangelism Leadership Life Ministry Personal Growth

Internal Conflict

One of my fondest memories as a youngster was putting together an “animal news” scrapbook.  Not like the bedazzled, fancy scissor cutting, scrapbooks you see today.  But a 3-ring binder, paper, glue, and crudely cut out newspaper articles.  (Yes, we used to get the daily newspaper).   So, I’ve always had this interest in animals, […]

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Release The Brakes

Perhaps you live in a beautiful, warm tropical climate, which would make me a) very jealous of you, and b) highly suspicious that you’ll have any clue of what I’m attempting to illustrate.   Here in the midwest, we’ve been known to occasionally get a little snow.  It’s to the point now, where I don’t […]

Life Ministry Personal Growth

Don’t Forget To Breathe

Have you ever been in a group exercise class and the instructor says to the class: “Don’t forget to breathe”!  I’ve always silently chuckled at this advice, but it’s pretty good isn’t it?  Ya think?  I mean, breathing is a rather critical part of working out…or pretty much everything we do for that matter! Their […]

Discipleship Leadership Life Ministry Personal Growth


Now here’s a deep subject.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one.  Perhaps it’s just me, but have you ever looked back into the days of yesteryear of your life, and been critical, ashamed, embarrassed, regretful of your past?   Your roots?  Maybe you’ve looked back with pride, perhaps your “roots” prompt a smile on your face, and bring […]

Administration Leadership Life Ministry Personal Growth


Longevity.  Simple title.  Commonly uncommon.  Seemingly always underestimated in it’s power and effectiveness. I write this post to encourage, perhaps even challenge someone who is struggling with whether to remain in their current position of leadership, ministry, or responsibility.  Obviously, some situations are inevitable.  There are times when one must simply move on.  Yet, in […]

Leadership Life Personal Growth Student

The Good Thing About Flip Phones

At first glance, you wouldn’t think that my Grandpa (Pop…as he is universally known) would have much in common with billionaire and Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones.  On the one hand, Pop is proud of his 3rd grade education, his status as a Union retiree, and his small pension that he receives every month.   […]

Leadership Life Ministry Personal Growth

Obligations or Opportunities

  Leonard Ravenhill, a famous 20th century, English author and Christian Evangelist, once said “The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity”.  This powerful quote has always impacted me.  In other words, practically everything we do in life, or attempt to do, has an expiration date.   I recently […]