Quarantined

I’m quarantined right now… and you probably are too! I was supposed to be meeting with a group of pastors up in Breckinridge this week, but instead we’ve been “retreating” on line via Zoom conference calls. We’re not alone in that, countless numbers of people are doing the same thing, and we’re discovering it’s a good way to connect right now. Social distance doesn’t mean social disconnection. While it may require a little extra planning, on-line connections can be soul satisfying. I’m a highly social person and prefer meeting my friends face to face, but for now, on-line is as close as we […]

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Called Up

I called up a friend for lunch and then I called him up over lunch.  By that I mean I encouraged him to see his service as a sort of special assignment from on high. My friend isn’t just frustrated with his job; he is disappointed with the lack of results. Now, if I told you where he worked and what he did, you would admire him. While you definitely wouldn’t envy his challenging setting, you would envy his high calling. His role makes him a sort of rock star to many, including me. However, even though he knows that, it’s just not enough. He’s […]

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Cancelled!

Yesterday we suddenly canceled our long anticipated trip to Japan. After listening to the news and consulting with our favorite daughters, we determined that joining our favorite son for his U.S. Navy promotion ceremony wasn’t worth the potential risks. So while sitting in the airport parking lot we called our friends at United Airlines and said we wouldn’t be making the trip.   Neither Linda nor I are prone to travel anxieties. We always take comfort in the expectation that the rewards outweigh the hassles. Not this time. Facing the prospect of picking up a virus in Tokyo and bringing it with […]

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The Seven Cycle!

Seven is a special number. Now that it’s been seven years since I officially transitioned as the founding pastor of our church, I’ve been thinking a lot about the fulfillment that is often found in “sevens.” When I mentioned this in a recent conversation with my successor, Shan Moyers instantly both lit up and spoke up with affirmation! Shan is realizing that the same thing is becoming increasingly clear to him. After seven years in the lead role he is just now feeling like he is beginning to hit stride.   After seven years in my expanding role of mentoring ministers, […]

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Alone?

The isolated leader is the vulnerable leader. That’s one of the themes that I hit hard this week when teaching several dozen leaders from around the country. I know leaders and I know that all too often too many feel very alone. “Alone.” That’s the title of a series I just stumbled across on Amazon Prime. It’s the account of ten men deposited in different parts of the wilderness of Vancouver Island in late fall, early winter. The challenge was to see just who would last the longest alone. The grand prize was $500,000! These were trained and experienced wilderness experts. They […]

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