An Unorganized Principle

An Unorganized Principle Hillary Clinton stirred up some dust in her interview in The Atlantic by saying, “Great nations need organizing principles and ‘don't do stupid stuff’ ...

A Guide for the Perplexed

The local newspaper is filled with stories of people needing help. Just yesterday I read about someone’s home burning down; a gravely ill child needing funds to cover treatment; low-income students in need of school su ...

Organizing Genius

A.S. Neill was the iconoclast founder of the Summerhill School in England. His educational philosophy of allowing children to pursue their own interests free from the interference of artificial standards, adult experts a ...

Five Challenges Families Face

Five Challenges Families Face   If you sometimes feel the joy of giving is elusive, you are not alone. Over the past 20 years we’ve had the opportunity to connect with hundreds of individuals, couples and families working with the issues t ...

Carried into Exile

Carried into Exile Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Theological Seminary, recently used the word "exile" in his address to the General Assembly of the PCUSA  to describe living faithfully as “a minority in a setting where we worship ...

Earthquakes in Diverse Places

Earthquakes in Diverse Places I'm in Los Angeles this week serving as one of several mentors for a group of 12 organizations that are a part of Praxis, an accelerator program for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Similar to Echoing Gree ...

An Unremarkable Life

An Unremarkable Life If all I knew about my grandfather was what I read in his 1952 diary I might think he was a man whose life was a monotonous string of colorless days. My grandfather, Bunyan Smith, was a pastor in one of the poorest sec ...

The Love of the Game

The Love of the Game It was a delight to see two amateurs, which literally means “those who do it for the love of it.” What drew them together was their love of the game. ...

Man in the Mirror

Man in the Mirror One of my professors in seminary was Dr. James Fowler, the author of Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning. I remembered his teachings again this week while on a trip with donors ...

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