I fell in love with my wife again. Right now, my mother has to go through some rehab and the other night Jeannie was helping her do some of the exercises. My mother is a very strong person and if she doesn’t want to do something, well, good luck. . .
Through it all, Jeannie was loving but firm, compassionate but determined. As I watched them, I was more and more impressed with my wife. She was really good at this.
But what caught me by surprise was her smile. Jeannie has a beautiful smile, but this smile was different. There was...more
Physics teaches us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. You would expect that as our world continues to demand more and more speed in our lives, people are starting to react against the pressure to constantly speed up life. Several “slow” movements have started developing around the world. There’s the “slow food” movement – people who will cook or dine out together with the...more
Moses mentored Joshua. Elijah prepared Elisha. Paul coached Timothy and Titus. And, of course, Jesus trained the twelve—especially Peter, James, and John. The lesson is simple: every leader prepares a leader. Secular organizations tell us that finding capable leaders is by far the most difficult challenge they face. Here’s where the church has it over the rest of the world. The Holy Spirit calls leaders for the church. What...more
Everyone doesn’t like Rocky Road. Everybody doesn’t like vanilla. If Baskin-Robbins is going to stay in the ice cream business they have to have a lot flavors to match the varied tastes of their customers. Churches are the same way. Not everyone likes a “traditional” service, or a “contemporary” service. No church will continue to grow for very long if they only offer one style of worship. At Brentwood...more
A friend of mine introduced me to her over 35 years ago. I don’t know if it was love at first sight, but it was pretty quick. We were engaged 3 months later and married 10 months after that. She’s the most fascinating woman I’ve ever met. She’s funny, beautiful, and strong when she needs to be, but always compassionate. I watched her raise our sons. Without her organizational...more