What are your intentions?

What are your intentions? I don't think there is a topic more widely discussed and fretted about in family philanthropy than that of donor intent. Horror stories (both true and fabricated) are floated by institutions and endowments warning parent ...

What Then Is My Pay?

What Then Is My Pay? In 1974 W.A. Criswell, the longtime pastor of First Baptist Dallas, announced that he was giving back “every penny” he earned in salary during his 30 years as pastor. An article in the Baptist Press reported Dr. Cri ...

Putting Charity Out of Business

Putting Charity Out of Business I often wonder if philanthropy is one of those words that has either lost its traditional meaning (love of mankind) and never should have been used to define giving in the first place. In fact I wonder if our use o ...

Looking Back

Looking Back Note: Two years ago I wrote this blog about my lifelong friends, Peggy and Bill Shipley. On Saturday, August 2nd of this year, Peggy passed away.  As a tribute to her, I wanted to share what I wrote again with you today ...

Forever Young

Forever Young “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’ So the Lord God ba ...

You’ll Never See It Coming

You’ll Never See It Coming You may have heard the old saw, “If you want to understand something try and change or reform it.” It's true. You can never understand the intricacies and power of vested interests, tradition, inertia, fear and reluc ...

To Rest in Unvisited Tombs

To Rest in Unvisited Tombs If you want well-written insight into the work of speechwriters and their behind-the-scenes influence, I would suggest Barton Swaim's new book, “The Speechwriter.” Its soul-searching honesty about the conflicts, chal ...

Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers It wasn't just a disagreement. It was a showdown that ended in both men, once fast friends, turning away from each other for the balance of their lives. They never see each other again because of their bitter feelings ov ...

Hush Harbor

Hush Harbor "The Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality has jolted many into realizing that we are no longer living in our own Promised Land but, perhaps, are headed into what Fuller Theological Seminary President Mark Labberton ...

Wait and See

Wait and See For Father's Day, my daughters gave me one of those nifty snap-on 4-in-1 lens converters for my iPhone. It gives you four options of two macro views, wide-angle and fisheye. Since I rarely use anything but my iP ...

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