The speed limit was clearly marked. 55 miles per hour. Everyone else was going at least 70. Suddenly, 55 didn’t seem so fast anymore. Why are there speed limits anyway, Lord? I don’t believe it’s just to “cramp” our style. Aren’t they primarily intended for safety — at least, under normal weather and road conditions? If either of these is compromised, all bets are off. Why was everyone around us violating them? Only You know for sure, Lord. What proved more interesting to me was the dynamic inside our car… all because I was daring to drive at the speed limit. Just call me The Queen of Cruise Control.  🙂… Read more »

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People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Glass doesn’t sound like the most durable material for a house… does it? But maybe it’s the most durable of all. If we’re living behind glass, people can see us. And maybe that visibility — with its inherent vulnerability — is exactly what we need to help us live in ways we don’t mind other people seeing. I was heartbroken, as were countless others, when shockwaves recently struck evangelical America. Randy Alcorn, Christian author and founder / director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, wrote: “One of the most prominent pastors in the country, from one of the most prominent churches, has had numerous women… Read more »

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Many of the confrontations over religious liberty in our day center around LGBTQ issues. More specifically, whether or not Christian business owners can be forced to provide services for events that violate their deeply-held religious beliefs — i.e., same-sex marriage and gender transition, to name two. Such confrontations have manifested in both the judicial and legislative branches of government. And they carry a high price tag. Religious liberty lawfirms like First Liberty Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Center for Law and Justice, and the Thomas More Society rely on charitable donations in order to provide their services on a pro bono (free) basis to their clients. Last night, I came… Read more »

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How’s this for a corporate introduction? “In life, as in chicken, it’s always better when you just keep it real. No filler. No nonsense. Just stick to the good stuff. The 100% real stuff. The simple things that make life, and chicken, great.”   https://www.tyson.com/our-story Not a bad philosophy of life… Amen? Depending, of course, on your definition of good and real. This philosophy enabled Tyson Foods to become one of the earliest (and few) companies to revolutionize its industry. By turning a commodity into a brand. John W. Tyson started out peddling dressed chickens, eggs, butter and other farm-fresh products.  https://www.tysonfoods.com/who-we-are/our-story/where-we-came-from/our-history With 11 cents in his pocket, he went to… Read more »

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How could so much effort yield such a pitiful harvest? We thoroughly tilled the soil. Added plenty of natural fertilizer. (Yes. The farmer’s favorite — cow manure.) We planted good seed. As far as we were able to discern, at least. We waited and watched… and weeded. We even assembled bear-grade electric fencing when the plants began to tassle. Long before any ears could have sent out tempting aromas. We know that fence works. We’ve seen plenty of bears… and not one has dared to test its current. Four 24-foot rows of sweet, scrumptious, silver queen corn. Yielding the pitiful harvest in today’s photo. What happened, Lord? We did everything in our… Read more »

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We have been exploring what we can learn from battle-tested Christian business leaders to help us all lead more powerfully and impactfully for Christ in an increasingly challenging marketplace. But what lessons can (and must) we learn from followers? Much as been written about leadership qualities. Their vital importance in moving people and organizations from Current Reality to Desired Future. Today, I spotted some interesting research about the role followers play in shaping leaders’ effectiveness. So, here’s another book for my reading list: The New Psychology of Leadership, by S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher.  https://www.amazon.com/New-Psychology-Leadership-Identity-Influence/dp/1841696102 Winner of the University of San Diego Outstanding Leadership Book Award 2012. Shortlisted for the British… Read more »

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Religious liberty battles are often fought in courtrooms. Where the actions of individuals and/or government officials are brought under the scrutiny of judges charged with interpreting and administering the laws of the land. Judges are human beings, of course. With their own worldview. We all have one. It’s the lens through which we see and understand (or seek to shape) the world around us. For judges, it’s the lens through which they evaluate evidence and draw precedent-setting conclusions. Is their worldview — and, consequently, any judicial opinion — driven by their politics? Their own perception of social justice? Their desire to not just interpret the law, but to make it?… Read more »

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How could I not be a fan of the Internet? How else could I discover so many amazing Christian business owners I would have otherwise never known? Like Hal Taussig, Founder of Untours. A successful travel agency offering independent, self-directed travel experiences around the world. Combining a little hand-holding, planning and onsite support with lots of cross-cultural connections and local color.   https://www.untours.com/whatsanuntour.asp No five-star hotels or fancy resorts. No tour guides precisely directing your schedule, minute-by-minute. Just nice apartments, cottages or cabins that help you feel like local residents. And enough education and savvy travel tips to help you dream up and embrace your own discoveries.   http://www.newsun.com/untours.html If their 28… Read more »

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It had been awhile since I had landed one. A rainbow trout. Beautiful and delicious. I was salivating for such a meal that night. Recent floods had changed the whole landscape. My favorite fishing hole used to have huge boulders in the middle, where fish could hide out from predators and wait for bait to float by. I don’t know where those boulders are now. Downstream in one form or another. Perhaps whole. Perhaps broken into pieces. So I had to walk upstream. Way upstream. Against strong current. Searching for another pool where fish could find respite from the flow and focus their energies on the most attractive bait. I… Read more »

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We’ve all known some. Maybe we’ve even been one, at one time or another? Fair-weather fans. The ones who are all gung-ho… as long as their team is winning. Who are all-too-quick to jump ship and/or change allegiances when the going gets tough. No one wants to be identified with losers… right? Is that why so many disciples — a.k.a., followers of Jesus — headed for the hills when His message got tough? “The words I have spoken to you are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe” … From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer… Read more »

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