The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

For my #ThrowbackThursday offering, here's a Maundy Thursday post, originally published last year.  This lesson is one all Christians, and especially Christian leaders, need today more than ever.  May you all have a blessed Easter! #  #  # Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that…

A Monument to Character

This picture is of the very first McDonalds restaurant ever, located in Des Plaines, IL, just north of what is now O'Hare airport. It's no longer in operation (there's a quasi-modern McDonalds right across the street), but it's maintained as a museum, a monument to what has become one of the great, if not the…

The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that couldn't be learned in any way other than being in his presence. Like Peter walking on the water, but then sinking when he took his eyes off Jesus. There were miraculous creations of wine and food, healings, and…

Winning the Prize

Running a race. The phrase paints a lot of mental pictures, doesn't it? Men and women, all dressed in bright colors, running on the same track, in the same direction, at the same time. Someone wins, the rest lose. Then there are the marathon runners. Twenty-six-point-two miles of just you and the course. Running alone.…

Close Calls

Ordinarily, we want our children to obey authority, right? Well, there was one time when it almost didn't work out so well.... During a family trip to Washington DC one Spring Break many moons ago, we came to a stop on the Metro near the Smithsonian Museums, and our entire 8-person group started the processional of…

The Character of Leadership

Note: This is the second in a two-part series of blog posts on leadership. To read the first installment, please click here. Leadership is a very self-less proposition. I've seen any number of leadership articles in the mainstream media, and many of them come close to getting it right. Several mention the humility required of…