Reflection


Three Invitations to Live Into Easter

Another Easter has come and gone. So how can our lives be different this year, post-Easter? Sunday, I attended the Easter Sunday service at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. During worship, my friend Lance King, the Pastor of Chestnut Grove, delivered a sermon that is still resonating in my heart and my spirit. I want to share my takeaways from the […]


Build Trust by Asking Yourself to WAIT

“I don’t trust them and they don’t trust me,” a coaching client told me the other day. Trust, or more accurately, the lack of trust, seems to be one of the crucial challenges today, both in our work environments and in life. In conversations without trust, people tend not to listen to each other. Instead, they talk past one another, […]


Silicon Valley Has A Solution to Discover Your Church’s Future

Many churches I know are anxious about their future. Faced with troubling trends of declining attendance, dwindling budgets, and decaying buildings, congregational leaders face increasing pressure to come up with solutions to these problems. I should know, because when I was a pastor, I spent many waking hours wrestling with this issue. It didn’t help that I wasn’t a particularly […]


A Prayer for this Election Day 2

My prayer for this election day…   “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred for the candidates, let me sow love; Where there is injury from words and accusations, pardon; Where there is doubt about a fair election, faith; Where there is despair for our country, hope; Where there is darkness in our fears, light; […]


First Small Step Toward Racial Unity

This Friday is the first anniversary of the shooting in Charleston, SC. On June 17, 2015, nine black members of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, including pastor, Rev. Clementa Carlos Pinckney, were gunned down by a visitor during a Wednesday night Bible study. Like many, I was horrified. My thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the families. The following […]