One Word That Changed My View

One Word That Changed My View

I’m not sure why Jesus brought Peter, James and John into the garden of Gethsemane with him. Did he hope, like disciplined sentries, they would alertly stand guard? Or, was he like a soldier who lets his young son sleep with him the night before he leaves for a far-away war so he can cherish […]

A Problem We Minimize

A Problem We Minimize

Marriage not only brought me face to face with the girl of my dreams, it brought me face to face with my own selfishness. Sure, I knew I was self-centered. But prior to marriage I found ways to minimize the seriousness of my problem. I could blame someone else for making me mad or getting […]

Two keys to bring about change

Two keys to bring about change

Bringing about change is tough because people tend to polarize around a position and feel they have to be right all the time. Rather than fighting it out, suggest everyone delay making a judgment until more questions have been asked and answered. I find it fascinating that there were times when Jesus drew a line […]

A Lesson From Sherlock Holmes

A Lesson From Sherlock Holmes

If you’re leading a person or organization into change, never forget that some people want things done today as they have been in the past. Nobody illustrates this better than the ancient Pharisees who believed righteous people only hung around with each other. Because of this Jesus stirred up controversy when he spent time with […]

I Did A Few Things Right!

I Did A Few Things Right!

I have a friend who is dying. I’ve known Stan Giles since 1977 when we worked together at a church in Houston, Texas. He has brain cancer and every day is now a gift. For the last couple months he’s been sending an email to friends. Last week he wrote something that has profoundly affected […]