Month: January 2013

Is Justice Just a Fad?

  This should probably be a letter to the editor of the Huffington Post or maybe a comment on the article by this same title written by Ken Wytsma this week. Ken is the president of Kilns College in Bend Ore. ” where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is also the founder of The Justice Conference—an annual international conference that began in 2010 with a few hundre ...[Read More]

The Tin Man

  I’ve never followed the career of Lance Armstrong but for some reason decided to watch his sessions with Oprah this past week. What I saw was disturbing: arrogance pride narcissism deceit betrayal out-of-control desire to win bullying disloyalty ” disgrace and the emotional disconnect required to isolate himself from the guilt of his own judgments. Yes” there was remorse a ...[Read More]

Lincoln and Leadership

One of the most watched events of 2012 was Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. In so doing he became the first man to walk over the falls in 116 years and the first ever to walk right over the falls. If you saw it you probably remember the mist-obscured image of his dropping to one knee fist-pumping ” and running to the end of the rope into the arms of his family. It was ...[Read More]

A Team of Rivals

  One of the most watched events of 2012 was Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. In so doing he became the first man to walk over the falls in 116 years and the first ever to walk right over the falls. If you saw it you probably remember the mist-obscured image of his dropping to one knee fist-pumping ” and running to the end of the rope into the arms of his family. ...[Read More]

I Dreamed a Dream

  Thirty years ago I convened a small group of friends from around the country and they became the “Dream Team” charged with thinking about the future of The Gathering. We spent two days filling up newsprint sheets and hanging them on the walls of the hotel conference room. We followed all the usual steps of brainstorming and strategic planning. We asked great questions and speculated about c ...[Read More]

The Right Use of Money

  I have been teaching from Hosea for the last several weeks and also reading John Wesley’s Sermon #50 on the use of money. It is in this sermon that Wesley develops the now famous three-point formula for the right perspective on wealth.  It would have been relevant for Israel then and is certainly so for us today.  Israel had become so caught up in the pursuit of wealth ̶ ...[Read More]