• When Strategy and Sabbath Overlap

    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter Drucker Well, the coronavirus has impacted our culture greatly and thus impacted many plans and strategies along the way. The Bible says a great deal about making plans. A few examples would be: The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16.9 Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16.3 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What…

  • 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…

  • Starting With Sabbath

    Are you intentional about what you do? Are you intentional about why you do what you do? Are you intentional about how you do what you do? Intentionality. Six syllables, fourteen letters. But the word is even more important than it is long. Typically, I am a very intentional person. To consider the questions above, I am not always intentional HOW I do what I do, but I am usually intentional about the WHY and the WHAT. However, on a few items, I am hyper-intentional about the WHY, the WHAT, and the HOW. And I am learning that I am going to need to be hyper-focused and hyper-intentional to do…

  • Seeking Rest – Seeking Sabbath

    If you are like me, you probably think you are busy. Am I right? I listen to several podcasts each week (on average 12, but sometimes a few more). (I like listening to music, but you can only listen to the same stuff over and over, so when I am driving more than 15 minutes, I listen to podcasts or books.) I listen to podcasts which analyze news from a Christian perspective, are related to productivity, or are leadership-oriented, among others. As I do this, I realize that every one of the people I listen to is far busier than me. And, I am busy. I serve as a pastor.…

  • Everyday Love

    This post will go live on Valentine’s Day 2020. Are you planning anything special for that loved one? You may call me unromantic, but my wife and I do not do anything special on February 14th. The date means very little to us. We do not exchange cards nor do we exchange gifts. I do not send flowers and we do not go out to eat, etc. (I do buy her one box of chocolates around this time every year, but that is more of a “just because” and because the kind she likes are everywhere). Really, we do not do anything special. But that does not mean I do…

  • A Test of Humility

    How does God get your attention? God is always at work around us, but it is up to us to realize it. The challenge is that we are often so busy that we miss the opportunities God provides us to know Him, to serve Him, to love Him. And, in that process that means that we often miss an opportunity to grow. Maybe you can relate. I know this week I have been given some definite reminders. I was born in Kansas City and lived there for the first four decades of my life. Now, I am less than a two- hour drive, and because of my teaching, I am…

  • Humility

    In last week’s post, I wrote about the humility of Jesus. This week, I want to consider an Old Testament example of humility. In fact, the statement is a bold statement about being humble. Indeed, it is nearly as shocking as Paul’s use of the word “nothing” in Philippians 2.7. Before I mention the text, what would you think about me if I said that I was a very humble man? You may have a lot of questions. You may take exception. And that’s ok, because I am not saying I am a very humble man, I am simply asking what you would think if I did. But Moses did…