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Don’t Sit Down!

On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.” – Adlai Stevenson I’ve been on summits in North Wales and the Scottish highlands, and deep in caves in the Cheddar gorge in Somerset, and I’ve found a common […]

Memorial Service Helmand Afghanistan

Remembering the Fallen

Note: I first wrote this post in 2008. I’ve made it a tradition to re-post this entry every Memorial Day, which is observed in the United States on the last Monday of May. The feelings, the emotions, are just as real today as they were then. Plus it seems that everyday I am reminded that […]

Join the 300

The 300

Over the past year, I’ve gone through a real shift in my thinking. In this transition, I’ve taken a hard look at the influence that I’ve had on people, as a leader, father, boss, mentor, and brother. Because of my military background and transient lifestyle, those people are mostly scattered around the world. So daily […]

thechildinus

The Child In Us

The following is written by Frederick Beuchner, I read it in his book Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner: We weren’t born yesterday. We are from New Jersey, or Nottingham. But we are also from somewhere else. We are from Oz, from Looking-Glass Land, from Narnia, from Middle Earth. If with part […]

fightofmylife

The Fight of My Life

I wrote this short article for our G42 newsletter, the topic of the issue this quarter was “Trust” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 These past 12 months have been the toughest of my life. After the highs of moving to a new country, […]

Everything is a Test

Everything is a Test.

Iraq, Oh-Dark-Thirty: Our group touched down early in the wee hours of the morning at our destination, stretching our legs and backs after 8+ hours sleeping under trucks or in any flat and smooth spaces we could find in a cavernous C-17 transport aircraft. We were met by the Sergeant Major, who got us settled […]

pivotofhistory

Christmas and the Pivot of History

One of my earliest memories is that of being rocked asleep by my mother singing softly to me: Silent night, Holy night Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at thy birth Jesus, Lord at thy birth. Imagine the nostalgia when I […]

Passing on a Legacy

Priest, Prophet, Warrior

King David was being the classic dad: not communicating, not taking charge of the situation, and leaving things until they were almost too late.

boondocksaints

5 Ways of Equipping the Church

The job of a leader is to equip their followers to serve others and to empower growth and maturity. Full stop. Period. Dot.