• Short Reviews – A Review of My Recent Reading List (2020 – 3rd 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…

  • Follow Me

    “Follow Me.” – Jesus “Make disciples.” – Jesus As a Christian Educator, I have learned the value of teaching for cognitive (head), affective (heart), and psychomotor (hands) learning. In the next two weeks, I want to share how Jesus’ command not only captures each of those three learning domains, but also how the two quotes above encapsulate Jesus’ plan and model for discipleship, while connecting both quotes to the 4L’s, and thus the SYSTEM, I have been writing about for months. This week, I begin with Jesus’ words to “Follow Me.” These words are found in Matthew 4.19. Some will consider them an invitation. Others will hear them as a…

  • The System – A Final Review

    Redeem the time. Those words were written by Paul nearly 2000 years ago to the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 5.16). Those words ring true today as well. The rest of that verse is true as well – because the days are evil. The days will distract us from our purpose. The days are not the distraction, but the events within each day will. Just think of 2020. The year began with the fires in Australia and an impeachment in America. But since then, the major events have hit with wave after wave, with each wave at least as strong as the previous one. These waves have names like COVID, Stock…

  • Stepping Up

    What goes up, must come down. Well, that is what the prevailing wisdom tells us. Why? Because of gravity. Let me turn the idea upside down. What goes down, must come up. Ok, the logic isn’t quite scientific, but for the purposes of this series of blog posts, that statement is true. How so? Well, we have started with VISION, moved down to MISSION, and then to STRATEGY. Now, as we look at the STEPS, we do so with the intent to move back up the SYSTEM. As I have written previously, the STEPS allow us to execute the STRATEGY which helps us fulfill (complete) our MISSION and ultimately allows…

  • L Is For Learn…

    What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Ok, that answer may be pretty simple. But what is the second? What about the third? The tenth? Sure, some people are flexible and the specific items may change day to day. Or, at least, they might change from a weekday to a weekend. And, the order of items in February of 2020 may be very different than they are now because of COVID. But the point is that if you have some sort of agenda for the day, you likely have some sort of routine. Perhaps the routine is getting ready for work or getting…