Armstrong Makes Her Case

I found Karen Armstrong’s newest book The Case for God to be so top notch, so all-encompassing as an objective history of religious thought, that I’m considering writing a series of blogs about it. One entry alone could not do justice to Armstrong’s volume, which is an opus-like credit to the woman who is sought […]

Go S.W.O.T. Yourself

Today I spontaneously did for myself what I have facilitated for numerous clients and individuals. I conducted a thorough S.W.O.T. analysis on me, taking a deep look at my perceived strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This is a long-established, popular and simple tool, and perhaps easy to dismiss in an age of many sophisticated assessments […]

Still Taking it Personally?

Today I was coaching a business leader who said she struggled in balancing passion for an idea, with the proper emotion to express while communicating the idea. As we talked and I asked probing questions, my thoughts circled around Don Miguel Ruiz’s “Four Agreements” (from a book of the same title) and Ruiz’s suggestion for […]

Seek God, Serve Neighbor

As we become more deeply entrenched in what is increasingly—especially for the younger generations—a post-denominational culture, I’m giving more thought to what mainline entities such as my own (United Methodism) can continue to do to meet relevant spiritual and tangible needs.   The recent tragedy in Haiti brought out the best in my denomination (see […]

Creative Extremists

A long paragraph in the middle of Martin Luther King Jr.'s timeless April 1963 Letter From a Birmingham Jail reads as follows: Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, […]

The Value of Studying Other Religions

Sometimes my Christian friends wonder why I’ve been spending lots of time in recent years reading works by authors from other faiths. Ever since stumbling across the volumes of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell a few years back, I’ve been intrigued by studying thinkers in Campbell’s vein and have learned much from works such as the […]

Values and Leadership

“Be curious rather than critical.”   That was a key statement from Dr. Graham Reside during a presentation on leadership values at Vanderbilt University this morning. Dr. Reside, a professor with Vanderbilt’s Divinity School, is executive director of The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions, which hosts monthly breakfasts that draw participants […]

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