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Engaging Granddad, Part II

When a grandparent dies, there’s always this angst of “I wish I’d have asked them more questions.” There’s so much I wish I knew about where my parents came from, what they were like when they were younger, what was important to them at various times in their lives, where they were with God when…

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Engaging Granddad, Part I

I’m always quoting John Maxwell as saying “Grandchildren are your reward for not killing your kids.” They are pretty special. But there’s responsibility along with that love and somebody has to be the first mover . . . someone has to initiate. If you’re Granddad, it’s on you first. If you’re the father, maybe these…

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Thick Faith

So how does one move from thin faith to thick faith? Through evaluated experience – To have faith in someone, I have to trust them. That means I take a chance on them and then watch what they do. Then I take another chance, trust them, and if they come through again, I trust them…

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Thin Faith

Most of my friends hail from the South. As kids, we were taken to church where we were to behave and pay attention. When we reached “the age of accountability,” (whatever that was), we were expected to profess our faith in Jesus and ‘get saved.’ Some denominations had classes to help get you there. Others…

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Counting on the Curve

Do you remember when a teacher or professor would grade on the curve? They’d give the test, take the scores and scale them out on a bell-shaped curve, declare the top 10% “A’s”, the bottom 10% “F’s” and spread the rest of us into “B”, “C” and “D” categories by default. I liked my chances…

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Kids Loved Jesus. Do They Love You?

Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After laying His hands on them, He…

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Take . . . Courage

So the grandfather sees his grandson terrified of his friend’s artificial leg. He gives him his stopwatch and says “Now click it and see if you can be brave for one minute . . . just one. Then we can work on two minutes; then three.” How do we ‘be brave’? Where does courage come…

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Why I Don’t Want To Lead A Mentoring Group

Today’s post is courtesy of one of my closest friends and mentors, John Richie. John has a long successful career as a corporate executive. We’ve worked together twice. First when he served as COO of InterServ Services Corporation and later when he was CEO of Tax Partners LLC. I regularly quote John and often refer…

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Don't Stay in the Hallway

Don’t Stay in the Hall

In the England of C.S. Lewis’ day, there was quite a split in politics, culture and especially in the church. In his classic work, Mere Christianity Lewis waded into these waters . . . into the schisms between the various churches. I love how he took the high ground and spoke timeless words to all…

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Summer Reads

The kids are jacked up crazy for school to be out. Moms are figuring out how to get stuff done without the free time they had while Junior was at school. And Dad, well Dad’s watching it all unfold. Vacation? Yes. Keeping up with work? Gotta. Small group? Off. Church in a different gear. Break…

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