What was the zenith?

Decline narratives of American culture are so interesting to me. They seem to raise more questions than answers. Decline narratives typically go something like this: America's culture is decline. It used to be much better, but now it's not. So my question is this: What was the zenith? What was the "high point" or best…

Don’t Sink: Focusing on the Mission of Christ

Poet Mary Oliver has said, “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” While Oliver was not a Christian, she was certainly right in her assertion. What you focus on becomes what you love. The formative nature of focus is why the author of Hebrews tells us to “Fix our eyes on Jesus” (Heb 12:1). But focusing…

Bringing Order to the Chaos of Home

Many parents I've talked to over the last six months feel like their home life is a tornado of chaos. While COVID has definitely exacerbated the stress and the feeling of chaos, it really has only pointed out what was already there for many families: life feels out of control. Trying to manage all of…

The Checklist Manifesto Summary and Application

In his book, The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande wants to eliminate mistakes through the power of a checklist. Gawande points out that people make a lot of mistakes, usually because of ignorance or ineptitude. People may not know what to do or they may fail to apply the knowledge they do have correctly (8). Further…

Habit Checklist

You can download the habit checklist for the daily habits of prayer, exercise, and evening routine HERE. Remember to only focus on adding in one habit at a time. You can copy and paste from the template into your files.

How To Plan Your Week

Weekly planning is one of the keystone habits for a productive life. Why? Because you will either be a slave to your calendar or a slave to the chaos. A chaotic life is one lived without intention, thinking about how you will use your time. Such chaos often leads us to pass our days living…

Habit Stacking

You win at life and leadership by doing the basics. How do you actually do them? Well, first you need to know what the basics of life and leadership are. For my vocation, I have distilled out five essential habits for Christian leadership. They are: Daily prayer Weekly exercise Evening routine Weekly Sabbath Digital minimalism…

Do the Basics

Do the basics. You nothing without the basics. So much of success in life in general, and leadership in particular, is merely doing the basics. There is a large market for sharing the latest leadership hack, trick, or steroid which will make things better or cause your church to grow. It won't happen. Anything good…

How to disciple someone: a practical guide

Jesus gave the church the task to "make disciples" of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). He did not reserve the task to just a select few, however. All Christians can make disciples...that means you can make disciples! Unfortunately, many pastors and books make discipleship seem complicated. It's not. Here is a practical guide for how to disciple…