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 ...

First Ideas, Then Results

First Ideas, Then Results I have an affinity for entrepreneurs. They are often identified (mistakenly) as risk-takers who don't calculate before acting. Nothing could be further from the truth. They work hard to eliminate as much risk as possible ...

A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt’s play, “A Man for All Seasons,” is the story of Sir Thomas More, who served Henry VIII as Lord Chancellor, Archbishop and trusted advisor until More could no longer support the King in his conflict wit ...

Jesus Is Just Alright

In the last few years I have been paying closer attention to some deep, permanent shifts affecting the church. It’s easy for Boomers to label Millennials and say, “They’ll come around when they have a few more year ...

The Dumb Tax

"Where's the elevator?" The donor looked up the empty shaft in the nonprofit’s new building his family’s foundation had helped to fund. Deciding to pay for the elevator had been one of the larger grants of the fou ...

Rolling Over in the Grave

Since Henry Ford II’s resignation from the Board of the Foundation his grandfather created, the trustees and staff of the Ford Foundation have been widely held up as the ultimate example of every foundation founder’s ...

When the Wicked Strut

In his recent address to the United Nations, Pope Francis used the story of Zacchaeus in Luke's Gospel as his template to support the redistribution of wealth. He called for “the legitimate redistribution of economic b ...

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