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In over 45 years of global travel, I have heard the words “We Are Next for Takeoff” hundreds of times. I confess: I like movement and speed. The thought of getting somewhere faster than normal appeals to me. I cannot sit for long periods of time without getting bored. It does not offend me if you classify my condition with…

I grew up watching Superman, in black and white no less. George Reeves, the original television Superman was bigger than life. The announcer would begin the program with words that inspired me to put on my cape and fly off into the sky for another adventure! Kellogg, 'The Greatest Name In Cereals', presents  . . . . . the Adventures of…

From the tunnel where I stood, I could only see a few of the sections where students were seated in the arena. Once the two thousand students had been herded into the designated sections I was scheduled to speak at the student event following the NBA game. In a matter of minutes, I would be introduced to give the Gospel…

It’s an honest mistake. The logic appears sound. Placing “young leaders” in the all the student ministry leadership roles just makes sense…right? But this thinking is flawed! For too long we have searched for the Stereotypical Youth Leader.  The one that’s 21-25 years of age, has an engaging personality, is a student magnet, plays games, plans activities, plays the guitar,…

I study people! I especially study people in leadership positions - and I have for over four decades of ministry. In that time, I have been privileged to know many incredible Christian leaders. I have seen some who’ve been thrusted into leadership positions and have watched as a few maneuvered themselves there. Like I said: I study people. One thing…

“It’s a children’s swing-set, how difficult can it be to assemble?” Two hours later I regretted uttering those words to my wife and was looking for the instructions. Swing-sets I discovered, although similar, come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. So, what about Discipleship? Are there a set of instructions to follow? Does a commitment to discipleship come…

NOTE: I first posted this in November 2016. In light of the recent UCF’s winning season, Shaquem’s outstanding performance in the Peach Bowl and Scott Foster’s new appointment as Head Coach at Nebraska, I thought it worthy of repeating. “Nobody makes you give up; you choose to give up!” I could not dismiss the quote I heard on ESPN Game…

Set the timer for 30 seconds on your phone, your watch, or the instrument of your choosing. Press go.  Then answer the following three questions: Who is the person you listen to the most? Who is the person you listen to the least? Why? The following oft-quoted Maxims may shed some light on the answers to your questions. Whether pithy…

My wife had a creative way of motivating our children when they were young. - No, it was not capital punishment.  Our house was elaborately decorated with bright colored wall charts. Each contained smiley faces, check marks, smurf stickers or whatever inanimate creature du jour would motivate them to clean their rooms or take out the trash. It was a…

Leadership is an art rather than an exact science. There is no such thing as three easy steps to successful leadership. Leaders work at leadership and pray for wisdom beyond their years, realizing they are responsible for the over-site of people’s lives. During my leadership tenure, I have made my share of mistakes. Some were correctable, while others were weighted…

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