Grandpa, Gaga and God

At Christmas, Kim and I were gifted with the knowledge that we are going to become grandparents! Our first worry was, what should we call ourselves? However, that question was soon replaced with a much deeper one. When the Scripture Kim read in her devotions the next morning was the same one the pastor preached […]

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Finding Thanksgiving In The Empty Nest

I knew this day would come. Having walked both of our daughters down the aisle and handed them over to their husbands means the “empty nest” is officially here. Not to be mistaken for the “empty next.” In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Knowing this day would come, Kim and I have been talking about […]

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Does God speak to Children?

I heard the most awesome story recently. You can read it in detail here from my friends Peter Haas and Carolyn Haas. At age 10, their daughter prayed, “God would you reveal yourself to me and speak to me about our church’s facilities?” God gave her a specific vision of a building that Substance Church, Minnesota […]

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It’s in the little things

Happy International Youth Day! In November I attended a Christian higher education summit in Hong Kong. It was a dynamic meeting with powerful people discussing important and lofty issues at a very high level. During a coffee break, in a circle of 2 or 3 people, I casually mentioned how some of the brightest, passionate and […]

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A Biblical View of our Escalating Culture of Violence

Violence is familiar to me, having grown up in Beirut, Lebanon and spent most of my life traveling to the neediest places on earth. Many times I have experienced the scourge of deadly warfare. Yet recent shootings in Michigan, Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas and recent terror attack in my adopted country of France hit closer to home. While […]

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How to THRIVE not just SURVIVE in increasing complexity

Technology, pluralism, a global economy, and increasing heterogeneity are just a few factors making our world more complex. And since change is inevitable, being able to thrive in this chaos is critical. Tom Peters, author of Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution, proposes that organizations who want to survive in rapidly changing times […]

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