"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13 NLT To "lay down your life" does not necessarily mean to die. Death may come as a result, but that is an extreme result. To lay down your life means to surrender your rights, preferences, privileges, and submit yourself … Continue reading Lay Down Your Life
Is your life anything similar to what you envisioned when you were younger? Are you where you pictured yourself five, ten, twenty, or forty or more years ago? Mine doesn't, and I'm not. But what does that matter? Is it of any consequence that my life now bears no resemblance to how I pictured it … Continue reading Forget the Road Not Traveled
Today on YouTube I saw a video done by an Irish woman titled “10 AMERICAN Problems I'm TOO IRISH to Understand.” She, in turn, was pulling these items from a discussion on reddit titled “What's an American problem you're too European to understand?” Now, I’ve been an American for over four decades. What’s more, I’ve … Continue reading Explaining America
I went to my first Lean Coffee meetup today. It was amazing. Great conversation. Learned a lot. The group represented a wide range of people: Programmers, Scrum Masters, Testers, Product Owners, HR, Agile Coaches, etc. with both men and women in all roles. Great cross section. Here is my attempt to process some of what … Continue reading First Lean Coffee Recap
"You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you." Deuteronomy 4:2 The violation of this injunction is obvious in the cults and heresies which do this explicitly (e.g. adding another testament, removing or re-writing … Continue reading When Adding and Subtracting is Bad
I can't sing the hymn, "I Surrender All" because, frankly, I don't. The best I can claim is that I want to want to surrender all.
Today I read a great article on prayer. It's not hot off the presses, having been posted in 2016. I can't say anything in it was exactly new to me either. There was no earth shattering revelation. In the almost two thousand years of the Christian church much has been written on the topic. I … Continue reading Prayer
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In film Princes Bride, the character of Wesley, in his guise as the Dread Pirate Roberts, says to Princess Buttercup, "Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." Life is pain. "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. … Continue reading As You Wish…
We Americans (meaning those of us in the United States) are obsessed with origins. Historically, ethnicity and nationality have largely been the same thing (yes, I realize this is an oversimplification). While migration has become more fluid, that still holds mostly true for the majority of the world. With few exceptions, Germans are German, the … Continue reading Church Planting Movement in Scotland