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Should Your Goal be to Retain Employees?

With the great turnover companies, ministries, and churches are experiencing during the pandemic period, retention has really tested my resolve as a leader. When I meet with other CEOs, retention seems to currently be the greatest point of pain for them as well. Known as the Great Churn, turnover is at an all time high. […]

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How Did COVID Affect Education?

As the lockdowns of 2020 were entering the second month, I found myself being asked what I believed the pandemic would change about our way of life. A lot has happened in the two years since, and now we are beginning to see how our world has transformed around us.  I’ve been interested in the […]

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What Was Your Mom Really Like?

My mom never uttered empty words—she spoke life and truth everywhere she went. She was a consistent example, full of true wisdom, and had a unique ability to make me smile.  But she could also be…irritably on time…showing up 15 minutes early and then ask me why I was late. Frankly, she didn’t suffer fools […]

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How to Find Reality in a Clickbait Culture

One day I received word that there was a high-speed chase right outside our OneHope office. The car that was fleeing from the police came off of the road, over the grass, through the fence that borders our property, and crashed into three cars in our parking lot.  It got even worse—I was told that […]

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What Nicodemus Can Teach Us This Easter

It’s sometimes easy to let certain holidays pass by without taking the time to deeply observe them every year. Easter is one of those holidays that, if we aren’t careful, can be more focused on the kids finding all the Easter eggs or finding the right outfits for the family to wear to church than […]

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Should Leaders Read Fiction?

I have noticed a common theme among leaders: they rarely read novels.  Whether they’re the CEO of a business, the pastor of a church, or a manager of a team, most leaders I’ve known stick to nonfiction. While I do believe reading books on leadership, self-help, autobiographies, etc. is crucial to grow in various areas, […]

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The Voice of a Mentor

What is the role of a mentor? I know I would not be where I am without the men who have invested their time and wisdom in my life. Every day I see the fruit of the seeds they sowed.  Bob E. Cooley and George O. Wood were two mentors that have forever left a […]

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How Can We Help the Persecuted Church?

I recently read that out of all the Christians killed for their faith in 2021, 80% of those deaths took place in Nigeria.1 I was then surprised to see that Nigeria was taken off the U.S. State Department’s Special Watch List,2 which tracks severe violations of religious freedom around the world. My heart broke, not […]

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Hopeless Times Pt. 2

I was watching a news broadcast between an American anchorwoman and a Ukrainian mother with three children in a bomb shelter who hadn’t heard from her husband fighting on the front lines in two days. The anchor, in closing, said, “We are praying for you.” The mother became visibly angry and said, “We don’t need […]

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Hopeless Times Pt. 1

I think a lot about hope. In fact, you could say it is the most defining word in my life. I run an organization called OneHope, I coauthored a best-selling book on changing your world with hope as a central value. My favorite quote is from St. Augustine, “Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names […]

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Ukraine Crisis: What Twitter and Cryptocurrency can Teach the Church

As the conflict continues, it’s interesting to see how technological innovation has impacted the way the invasion has progressed. Not only is this a major international disruption that’s being live-tweeted, but cryptocurrency and access to the internet have also changed the stakes. We’re actively seeing the ways in which these innovations will shape and transform […]

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Why is the Ukraine Crisis Unique?

My heart has been breaking for the people of Ukraine as they face unimaginable pain in the wake of invasion. OneHope has been serving the Church in Ukraine for more than 30 years. Having friends and ministry partners in the country, I’m receiving first-hand accounts of the daily bombings, displaced civilians, and vulnerable children throughout […]

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