Obama Admits Mistakes (Good Leadership Trait)

President Obama and I probably disagree on many issues, but one thing I like about him is one part of his leadership style. He is not afraid to admit a mistake. That will serve him well and keep his approval rating high, even among people who may disagree with his policies. [...] Continue Reading…

An Important Parenting Concept: Especially for Parents of Young Children

My encouragement, especially to the parents of younger children, is to instill the values you have for your children when they are very young, while you still have control, then move to less control and more protection of their hearts through their teenage years. If you have trained them well and they know you love them, then they will continue to honor your influence over them later in life. [...] Continue Reading…

The Best Leaders Give Their Vision Away

When we planted our church I had a vision. It was actually a ten-year old vision. The vision was broad. I felt God wanted to have a church that reached people where they were, not with rules to perform to for approval, but with unconditional love and grace. I recruited a co-pastor who could share that vision. I recruited a core team who could own that vision as their own. My co-pastor and I recruited a worship leader who believed the vision. Then step-by-step we began to give away our vision. [...] Continue Reading…

Prom Night Reflections

It’s prom night! My 17 year-old Nate looks sharp as he heads out for a night of fun. I had the privilege of serving as co-chair of the After Prom event, which is a planned overnight activity designed to give students a safe night of fun, so I will be out all night and have church in the morning. I guess it is my last opportunity, however, to serve in this role. [...] Continue Reading…

I Almost Fired My Wife One Time

There are times when an employee is no longer a good fit for the position and sometimes for the organization. At times like this a fine line exists between what is fair for the organization and what is fair for the employee. The bottom line is that doing the best thing for the organization often involves making hard decisions. Leaders who succeed are not held back because of the level of difficulty. [...] Continue Reading…

Here’s What A Man Really Thinks

I don’t usually read forwarded emails (Please pay attention to that comment), but I received this about four times in one day and one was from my wife, so, sensing she may ask me about it later, I read it. Glad I did. Here are some things most men want you to know ladies, but for whatever reason they were afraid to say them. I’m not! [...] Continue Reading…

What To Do With A Marriage After An Affair

I wish it never happened to anyone and I hope it never happens to you, but in my job I hear it almost every week. It’s a word we are afraid of, one that can destroy, and certainly one that will break a heart. Sometimes people admit to it, but mostly they deny it.

The word is AFFAIR. [...] Continue Reading…

Twitter Taking Over Social Networking World (Duh!)

I tried to tell people. Next time follow my lead. Just kidding…kind of, but I was saying a year ago to watch out for Twitter and people kept making fun of my new hobby. Now we have Oprah, Ashton, and Andy Stanley on Twitter. Apparently it’s catching on fast in the world of sports too. Check this Tennessean story out! [...] Continue Reading…