Leaders Eat Last

May 2014 In the foreword to a new book, Leaders Eat Last, Lt General George Flynn, USMC (Ret) makes an observation that deserves a lot of attention. He writes, “I know of no case study in history that describes an organization that has been managed out of a crisis. Every single one of them was led.” “Good management” is important,   Read More ...

What is education for?

The words of the wise men are like goads At the conclusion of one of the most extensive sociological research studies in history Solomon writes the following final observations. “In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs.   The Preacher sought to find delightful words,   Read More ...

Newsletter: December, 2011

Imagine a world without teachers.  Or books.  Or pens.  Or even schools.  Sound crazy?  Unlikely?  Another outlandish idea from the unsettling mind of a writer of science fiction or fantasy like Steven King?  Well, if you think that way hold on to your hats because it isn’t all that unlikely.  Not anymore. In an article titled, My Teacher is an   Read More ...

Newsletter: April, 2011

I’m not very good at “speaking the truth” in love. Sometimes rather than say what really needs to be said I stumble around and miss the opportunity to give someone the genuine help they need. More often than not, however, I speak with a bit too much frustration or anger or just plain impatience, thus while what I say is   Read More ...

Newsletter: December 2010

Upon entering the city of Athens Paul reacts powerfully to what he sees. All about the city he sees evidence of deep piety, but piety shaped and driven by error.  Provoked by his observations he begins preaching Jesus and the resurrection with such passion and power that a group of local philosophers invite him to address the group at their   Read More ...

Newsletter: September, 2010

If you are like me you’ve probably heard the lament, “Where have all the leaders gone?” We take a long hard look around us, at those who serve in elected office; at those who lead national corporations and local businesses; we look in our schools and then our churches and still wonder, “Why is it so hard to find quality   Read More ...

Newsletter: November, 2009

Imagine a world without books.  Science fiction you say; kind of like Ray Bradbury’s famous novel Fahrenheit 451.  Well before you dismiss that vision of the future consider the following headline from the October 28, 2009 issue of USAToday: “Library books go the way of the dodo.”  Interesting title for an article, wouldn’t you say? Recently the headmaster of Cushing   Read More ...

Newsletter: February, 2009

I’ve never had much success as a gardener.  Indeed my few attempts at coxing edible plants out of the ground have nearly all ended in disaster.  I think over the years I’ve managed to dine on a handful of homegrown tomatoes and one or two cucumbers. My daughter Amy on the other hand plants, cultivates, and enjoys a wide variety   Read More ...

Newsletter: January 2009

Fatigue, a deadly combination of unrelenting stress, overflowing calendars, and to-do lists that are as unrealistic as my odds of being elected President of the United States is a killer. Literally. I think that is why the Creator built Sabbath into our lives. We simply need a day every week for what Eugene Peterson describes as a time of prayer   Read More ...

Newsletter: October, 2008

In his wonderful book, Teaching to Change Lives, Howard Hendricks makes an observation that I have repeated dozens of times over the years.  He writes, “The person you will be ten years from now will be largely determined by the books you read and the people you hang around.”  I couldn’t agree more.  In fact I can discover a lot   Read More ...