Hard work mistaken for talent

One of several books that I have  been perusing recently is Erwin McManus’ 2014 The Artisan Soul, wherein Erwin beautifully describes the interplay between hard work and talent. He writes: “Eventually art becomes craft. The combination of talent and passion funneled through the crucible of discipline and determination resulted in an expression of skill and […]

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What excellence looks like

This is what my daily sermon looks like. Every morning after I drop Maddie off at school, I watch this crossing guard work the intersection of Benson and Arrow Highway and I am inspired. I don’t know this guy’s name, occupation, or station in life, but for a few seconds before my light turns green […]

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YOUR Olympics (a Post-Rio Reflection)

Did you get your Olympics fix this summer? Did you carve out enough time to vicariously swim, jump, lift, dive, tumble, and throw alongside the greatest athletes in the world? Fortunately, for Jessica and me, this summer’s Olympic Games occurred in the middle of our ministry sabbatical so if you missed any of it let […]

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Inspired when there’s no inspiration

It’s easy to feel inspired when you’re inspired (and, yes, I do realize how silly and obvious that sounds), but what do we do when we’re not inspired and yet we’re still expected to perform? How do we get inspired when nothing moves us or awakens our creativity? The Apostle Paul expected Timothy to find […]

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Your top three words

Three words can sure say a lot. Especially if they are clarifying words that follow a comma. Examples: “She is my mother, an amazing lady.” “It’s my hometown, glad I left.” “They’re serving Thai food, my favorite kind.” A simple post-comma, three-word supplement can change the entire emphasis of a sentence. Consider the list of […]

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