The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man This week we heard the news that Invisible Children is shutting down, which brought back memories of founder Jason Russell’s time with us at The Gathering in 2005 – just one year after he and two friends had complete ...

A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

A Cold and Broken Hallelujah I think we all like backstories. I especially like the stories behind songs. Did you know Paul McCartney's original working title for “Yesterday” was “Scrambled Eggs”? Iron Butterfly's  “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” ...

The New Centaur

The New Centaur The Imitation Game is a new movie that tells the story of Alan Turing and his near miraculous breaking of the Nazi “Enigma” code during World War II. Historians believed that by cracking that code, Turing may have sh ...

Semper Fi

Semper Fi What happens to a dream deferred? Caleb didn’t forget his dream or give it up. He lived a true life. ...

Practice Resurrection

Practice Resurrection Last week I attended the annual meeting of the Wedgwood Circle. Wedgwood seeks out and convenes people who are committed to creating and supporting art and entertainment that is “good, true and beautiful.” It's ha ...

Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke Growing up Southern Baptist I have indelible memories of the Sunday School offering envelope used by the church. It was more than a tracking device for offerings. We were also graded by our teacher on bringing our Bible, ...

An Abiding Interest

An Abiding Interest   If David Brooks and Frederick Buechner do not know each other, I wish they did because they have at least a couple of things in common. Buechner once told an interviewer that he is “too religious for secular ...

Till the Cows Come Home

Till the Cows Come Home   I have had the privilege of learning from many wise older men throughout my life, one of them being Peter Drucker. Peter and I worked together through my role with Bob Buford and Leadership Network. For the fir ...

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars As the Lutheran scholar Martin Marty once observed, people these days who are civil often lack strong convictions, and people with strong religious convictions often are not very civil. ...

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