Bold Ashes

This Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Christians will celebrate Ash Wednesday.  This solemn occasion is the traditional start of the Lenten season when Christians prepare for Easter by reflecting on their mortality, their need for a Savior, and the renewal of spiritual disciplines in their lives. I recall the Ash Wednesday during the last Presidential election … Continue reading Bold Ashes

Is Sitting with a Conservative Now Criminal Behavior?

The Twitter world had a hissy fit earlier this week.  A photo showing liberal comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres sitting next to President George W. Bush in the owner’s suite at a recent Dallas Cowboys football game generated a caustic response from the political Left.  Apparently, it’s now a crime to sit next … Continue reading Is Sitting with a Conservative Now Criminal Behavior?

Respecting the Opposition – A Lesson from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the most visible leader of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  Growing up in Atlanta during that same period gave me a front-row seat on the non-violent protest strategy used by Dr. King.  I must confess to not always understanding, much … Continue reading Respecting the Opposition – A Lesson from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Dignity of Work – Part III The Power of Appreciation

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” Max DePree, American Businessman. “The number one factor in job satisfaction is not the amount of pay but whether or not the individual feels appreciated and valued for the work they … Continue reading The Dignity of Work – Part III The Power of Appreciation

The Dignity of Work – Part II Finding Joy in Work or Why My Wife Wanted to Be a Garbage Man

Mark Twain is said to have quipped, “Find a job you enjoy doing and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Few would argue with the premise of that statement. Most of us would also agree that finding a job you love to do is not always easy. What about those jobs … Continue reading The Dignity of Work – Part II Finding Joy in Work or Why My Wife Wanted to Be a Garbage Man

Leadership Lessons: Jumping Off the Conclusion Cliff

Years ago I learned a valuable lesson about jumping to conclusions and the inevitable embarrassment that comes when speculation confidently wears a veneer of certainty. It is like diving off a cliff into a lake only to discover the water is just three feet deep. Oops. The new Millennium had just dawned and with it … Continue reading Leadership Lessons: Jumping Off the Conclusion Cliff