The Year of the Book

2012 will be remembered around the McLane house as, the year of the book.  First, I partnered with Jon to write Good News in the Neighborhood which came out in May. Then I partnered with Marko to write A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Social Media which arrived yesterday. If those two projects were bookend, starting a publishing line…… Continue reading The Year of the Book

Parenting with a goal in mind

Here are some words Kristen and I use to describe our long-term hopes for our kids.  Independent-minded. Dependent on a loving God. Recklessly, hope-filled dream chasers. Happy and simple adult relationships. We jokingly sum up our goal of parenting like this, “We don’t ever want to see our kids on Springer.” That’s not the most…… Continue reading Parenting with a goal in mind

What if we made youth ministry’s goal simpler?

“What’s the goal of your youth ministry? Not like your purpose statement, but why do you do this thing?” I love to ask this question. It usually takes people a few minutes to articulate something they feel comfortable with. And it always sparks a great conversation. The answer to that question typically lands like this,…… Continue reading What if we made youth ministry’s goal simpler?

The new corner office

Perhaps this recession really has taught us some things? I’ve noticed some trends softly changing in the past 2-3 years that are enlightening a cultural shift in our work-home-success life quotient. And they are encouraging. Here’s a few things I would label under “the new corner office.” (Things that todays worker use to label that…… Continue reading The new corner office

The Baby-god Myth, Part One

If you are a parent or if you work with parents you are well aware that there’s a lot of idolatry of children going on. In this four-part series I plan on exploring this phenomenon, it’s origins, and its impact on our society and the American family. How did we get here? People are waiting…… Continue reading The Baby-god Myth, Part One

Michael Phelps & John Edwards

The last two news cycles have documented two men in quest of their respective dreams. One man failed while the other conquered. Let’s face it though, both were nearly insurmountable dreams. One man wanted to be the president of the United States while the other wants to change his sport forever. In my mind, there…… Continue reading Michael Phelps & John Edwards