"Christian" Businesses...or, CHRISTIAN Businesses?
As I write this blog, I'm preparing for a speech I'll give at a local pub on "Faith in the Marketplace." Knowing the most in the audience would identify as Christ-followers, I've decided to present a fairly hard-hitting presentation on how faith SHOULD be presented at work or in the world of business...versus how it often IS presented.... You see, I've learned the hard way that many so-called "Christian" Businesses are not very...well..they're not very Christian! Furthermore,
Why You DO...the Things You Do!
Most people have some behavior they're trying to change. It might be overeating, sexual sin, or some other issue. The problem is--we're often tackling the wrong problem! The real problem may be much deeper than just learning to modify what you do or don't do. Missions gurus explain worldview as the underlying perspective or paradigm that shapes all that we do. Still, most would agree that there's a process or a series of layers that ultimately result in behavior or action! On
It's NOT in Vain!
Sometimes, we think our efforts have been in vain…only to find out just the opposite. Years ago, our church had helped a prostitute get off the street, into an apartment, and into a steady job. She was doing great until she got sick and missed several days of work. She “did the math” and realized she wouldn’t make her rent payment that month. At the time, the state made you wait 60 days to reapply for housing assistance once you came off that assistance due to income. Thus, i
Over the years, I’ve been told that I look and sound like John Maxwell. Never was this more true than the time I called a new pastor friend of mine and left a message. “Why is John Maxwell calling ME?” he asked his secretary? I’ve since had lots of fun leaving him messages to challenge his leadership style, etc. Then there was the time a bunch of lovely young ladies in Africa wanted their pictures taken with me...only to find out that I was NOT John. They were sorely disappoi
Common Sense...Isn't Actually, Common!
We were visiting Yosemite National Park a few years ago and witnessed a mama grizzly bear with two cute cubs running through the woods next to our van. We pulled over to watch and take a picture when insanity struck! Some Dude in a pick-up swerved in front of us, parked half-way in the right hand lane and half on the shoulder, and then ran out of the truck—leaving his door open—to chase the bears with his camera. I was so in shock, I didn’t know what to say at first. Still, w