An Election Day Reminder: Balancing the Present and Future

Election Day gives us a sense that we can have some influence over world events. As world events remind us of the frailty of society and of our own lives, attentions are easily drawn to the future. But our attention should not be drawn simply to the great big things...

If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing…Poorly

A wise man once told me “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly.” Though I cannot recall the context of the conversation, I have never forgotten those words. They serve as a lasting reminder to me not to trade good for excellent. Sometimes we can get so caught...

How to Fail Well: A Warning to Pastors

As I stand in front of students at the beginning of a pastoral class, I write on a whiteboard four words in no particular order: children, God, church, and wife. I ask them a simple question: “Are any of you perfect?” My absurd question is met with the smirks and...

A Cautionary Tale: The Social Media Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

(or, Five [At Least] Things I Should Have Been Thinking But Wasn’t)  The blessings of social media are very real. Even though I was late to the party, once involved, I realized quickly that there were whole new communities being formed. The opportunities for sharing...

Three Invaluable Time Management Principles

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Use Survey (2012), the average working person between the ages of 25-54 spends 2.5 hours per workday in leisure and sports (is Facebook a sport?).  That’s 12.5 hours per week, about 50 hours per month, and...