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We are moving to Chicago!

To the people of Central Indiana,   We are moving to Chicago to be the Regional Director because God has called us and we are responding to that call with enthusiasm and confidence.   Annie and I have always tried to make decisions based on how can make the greatest impact on God’s Kingdom. I […]

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The need for candid relationships

We hit a point in our lives when we are disciplined enough and competent enough that if we can identify a need in our personal or professional development we can remedy the problem. At this point we need help identifying the problem. To go to the next level we need someone outside of ourselves to name […]

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2 Keys to leading any organization

I was recently put on the spot and asked, “What do you need to know when leading an organization.”   Given more time to think through the question I would answer the same way. This was my answer. Change is constant.  The quicker we stop chasing some elusive arrival point the more we will be […]

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Adventurers get hurt sometimes.

Annie has been the leader in adventuring in our family and has always worked to develop a sense of adventure rather than fear with our kids. Somewhere along the line we started telling our kids, “adventurers get hurt sometimes,” whenever they would come to us complaining of an injury. It has become a mantra in […]

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Privilege and Race

The horrific events of the last few months; Ferguson, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and more is hard to talk about. It takes a lot of work to find hope for a positive outcome, but my hope and prayer is that important conversations are again taking place that will create lasting changes and move us closer […]

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Young Life leaders as Ebenezers

One of the disappointing things for me over the last 10 years is that during the holidays when former YL kids come back home is the same time that Annie and I leave Indy to visit our families. I wish I could catch up with every person who has ever sat in our living room for campaigners […]

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Productivity Notes

I recently presented some ideas on improving productivity and professionalism to some Young Life staff. Below are my notes in case they are helpful to you. This is a learnable skill. Everyone sincerely wants to improve, it is matter of learning very simple techniques and systems.   Why it matters: As a way to respect […]

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Anxiety and the Dentist.

I hate the dentist more than the average person. I only hate one thing, the sharp tool the hygienist uses to scrape plaque off my teeth. I leave the dentist needing blood to return to my left hand after I place my left hand in my right hand and squeeze as hard as I can […]

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I sobbed two weeks ago.

I sobbed two weeks ago, when I went to John Craig’s funeral. One year ago I wrote about how I met John and Maetta Craig and where that meeting eventually led. I sobbed at the reality of sweet and mighty Maetta losing a second husband to cancer. I sobbed when telling Annie this story that […]

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