Dear 2012

Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:13-14 Dear 2012, We, the undersigned, are ready for you. 2012 will…… Continue reading Dear 2012

Five ridiculously hard steps to a better you

Tim is right. There is a whole lot of lying for the sake of SEO in blogs these days. While there might be five easy steps to creating a Facebook page for your business, there aren’t five easy steps for everything. Becoming a better you is ridiculously hard. I know it not from issuing advice…… Continue reading Five ridiculously hard steps to a better you

DREAM Act & Youth Ministry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1AqqZW4-Wg Everywhere I’ve done youth ministry I’ve met undocumented students. (Chicago, Northern California, Suburban Detroit, and here in City Heights) But it wasn’t until I started doing youth ministry here in City Heights that I truly started to understand the difficulty they had in furthering their education and starting their own American Dream. Think of…… Continue reading DREAM Act & Youth Ministry

Opportunities Stomach

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5 These were the words of Paul to the Colossian church. He was wrapping up his letter to them with a few tidbits of sage advice. Like bits of dessert after a Holy Spirit inspired meal. Those words have…… Continue reading Opportunities Stomach

Slaying the god of apathy

I believe this little phrase, God opens and closes doors, has lead to people falsely blaming God for missed opportunities. We put this philosophy of open and closed doors above biblical concepts like perseverance, patience, and long-suffering. Myth: God Opens and Closes Doors We live in an apathetic culture. Sure, we are a culture of…… Continue reading Slaying the god of apathy

A or B thinking

Wipeout is a metephor for life The thing that I really love about Wipeout is that I can see myself being on the show. There is something about the story of the show that makes me want to insert myself into the narrative. I don’t know about you, but when I watch the show I’m…… Continue reading A or B thinking

Innovating with an established ecosystem

Starting a new organization is an entirely different task than innovating to change an existing organization. Both are hard. But changing and existing organization is way harder. For most of my career I’ve been in turnaround roles. Kristen and I have a little joke… My entire adult work life has seemed like one roller coaster…… Continue reading Innovating with an established ecosystem

The jugglers cup runneth over

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Malachi 3:10 I’ve heard and…… Continue reading The jugglers cup runneth over