From My Notebook (12 APRIL – 18 APRIL 2020)

              This week I had a conversation with a friend who is a small business owner.  He said, "Everyone wants me to be successful so they give me ideas, but not the space to execute those ideas.  I need ideas AND space."  This has me thinking, where on my … Continue reading From My Notebook (12 APRIL – 18 APRIL 2020)

Guiding principles for students of Scripture

Today, I am working on material for a teaching series that I am going to give at Church180. We are going to be studying a letter that St. Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae around 60 A.D. As I am working on this material, I keep thinking about basic principles that guide my approach … Continue reading Guiding principles for students of Scripture

3 Ideas to get “Unstuck” spiritually

I am in the middle of a conversation with someone who is "stuck" spiritually. This person doesn't like being stuck, but isn't sure how to get "unstuck." I just sent them three ideas and thought it might be helpful for someone else too... so here they are: Help someone who cannot return the favor Most … Continue reading 3 Ideas to get “Unstuck” spiritually

3 ways to develop spiritual strength

Strength is something that I want in every area of my life: physical, emotional, financial, mental... and spiritual. Mark Bell, a powerlifting coach, always says that, "Strength is never a weakness." I'm sure that some might argue that... but I think that fundamentally he is correct. Strength is the antidote to so much pain and … Continue reading 3 ways to develop spiritual strength

Learn… or be normal.

A while ago I ran across a quote from Henry Doherty... "It is the studying you do after your school days that really counts. Otherwise, you know only that which everyone else knows." Geeze... I don't want to be normal. Normal assumes that things will get worse unless they are intentionally made better. I want … Continue reading Learn… or be normal.

Seven Decisions

Last week I bought two new books: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell and The Seven Decisions (Understanding the Keys to Personal Success) by Andy Andrews. I've started reading "The Seven Decisions" and already realize, "this is one of those books that will be read and re-read!" Andy Andrews does an amazing … Continue reading Seven Decisions

How to “fit things in”

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a friend who is trying to figure out "How to fit it all in." That's something I'm fairly conversant with... fitting things in. Sherri (aka "The lovely and talented Mrs. Peterson) and I have this conversation regularly, and overall, we do a decent job of it. … Continue reading How to “fit things in”

The most important person you can care for is…

YOU. This may sound wrong to you... especially if you've grown up within the context of the church, but wait... let me make the case. In the world of nonprofits (e.g. church, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, etc.) we are regularly called to "give yourself." "Give yourself" is great advice if "yourself" is valuable. Seriously, we both … Continue reading The most important person you can care for is…