• Short Reviews – A Review of My Recent Reading List (2020 – 1st Qtr)

    On the right side of this blog, I provide my current reading list. While I often read other books simultaneously, my goal each quarter is to read one book from each of the “steps” that help me fulfill my strategy which is comprised of the acrostic LEARN.* Therefore, I choose the books I read carefully because I want them to help me improve as a teacher, a pastor, a leader, and most importantly as a person. Thus, I rarely read books that are disappointing to me. However, some are more helpful than others, so I thought it might be helpful to share a few insights from my reading, in case…

  • God’s Provision Includes Rest

    Are you worked up over COVID-19? Some are more than others. On the one hand, some are being arrogant and irresponsible. On the other hand, some are letting fear control their every decision – or worse yet, are letting fear keep them from making any decisions. As we continue to work through the COVID-19 challenge, I am reminded how important having a personal strategy is. If you have read my blog for a number of years, you may remember an entire series I did on the 4Ls back in 2017 on another site. Overall, I break my thoughts into my vision, my mission, my strategy, and my steps. As I…

  • God Can Make Us REST

    Over the past week, you have likely watched, read, or listened to programs and/or articles related to COVID-19. Am I right? Of course, other news has not stopped, but COVID-19 IS the news right now. And it will be for some time to come. And, frankly, it would be easy to create another post about the virus right here. But having done additional writings and announcements as a pastor of a church, and having recorded one bonus episode and changed direction on another for my podcast, I need a break from thinking about COVID-19 too. So, apart from one more short paragraph, this post will not mention the virus again.…

  • Rest: The Anti-“Heart Killer”

    Most of us know someone who wears a sleep tracker. Perhaps you are that someone. Why do people wear them? As the name implies, these devices are worn to track our sleep. Or, in other words, the devices allow people to know how well they are resting. The concept is based upon circadian rhythms. But rhythms and rest go far beyond our sleep. Sleep allows us to recharge after a day, but our bodies are meant for more rest than that. Wayne Muller’s book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight In Our Busy Lives, begins with these words:                 “In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the…

  • A Good Place to Start

    Have you ever had a large project staring you in the face and you simply wonder how to get going? I believe most people find this scenario to be true at some point (or many points) in their lives. But as the old saying goes, “you eat an elephant one bite at a time.” So basically, you just need to find a place to start and start. Now, people like Stephen Covey will tell you that it is best to begin with the end in mind. And I am all for that. In fact, I have done that, and am doing that with this project of seeking Sabbath. Over the…