The Crown of the Aged: Christian School Alumni Making a Difference

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged … Proverbs 17:6   Over the years (even before I became one of the “aged”) I often referred to this verse when talking with grandparents at our annual Grandparents’ Day.  Why does Solomon say that grandchildren are the crown of the aged?  Why not children?  It has to…  [read the full post]

Do As I Do. Small Words . . . Huge Impact

“Your walk talks, and your talk talks … but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” “What you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Several years ago (OK, many years ago) when my son was in late elementary/early JrHi, I was talking with a friend of…  [read the full post]

Make America Great Again

Disclaimer – THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST!! Regardless of your political persuasion, you cannot possibly have navigated the last two years in the US without at some point coming in contact with the phrase “Make America Great Again.”  Mercifully, the election is over.   However, I think former First Lady Barbara Bush got it…  [read the full post]

What Is Your IKIGAI? (Hint: It Has To Do With Your Life’s Purpose)

Recognize this guy? We have a public service announcement for you . . . DON’T BE LIKE THIS GUY! In an episode of Seinfeld, the infamous “show about nothing,” the following exchange took place: Kramer: You’re wasting your life. George : I am not. What you call wasting, I call living. I’m living my life.…  [read the full post]

Can Balance and Truth Exist Together?

“Balance is an offense to the truth.”  That was the closing line of a column written by a political science professor at Gettysburg College.  She was explaining her inability to provide a balanced discourse in her classroom during the current presidential campaign because, in her view, one of the candidates was so disqualified as to…  [read the full post]

Passion. So Much More Than Love.

“The word ‘passion’ has been hijacked … Misused and abused … Emasculated by a feel-good culture of moral relativism … Prostituted by personal development gurus.  Passion today is understood as ‘what excites you, what puts the sparkle in your eyes, the twinkle in your toes.’  The word has become candy for frivolous children when, at…  [read the full post]

The Skills Your Child Needs For Future Success {Are They Getting Them?}

I recently came across an article from the World Economic Forum where they identified skills that are valued in the 21st century workforce. (Specific definitions of each of these 16 identified skills are listed in Appendix 1 in the linked article.)  The foundational literacies are the traditional core skills (reading, writing, and arithmetic) with an…  [read the full post]

What Does Christian Leadership Need? Start With GRIT!

In the 1969 movie True Grit, Mattie, on a mission of “justice” to avenge her father’s death, recruits an ornery, one-eyed federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) because he has “true grit” – a reputation for the ability to get the job done.  In the end (spoiler alert), they get their man with Mattie…  [read the full post]

HCA & STEM: Leaders In The Field

A year ago in a post entitled Where Are the Future Leaders, I referenced a Cardus Education Survey (2011) which pointed to the success of evangelical Christian schools in developing and nurturing the future leaders of our churches.  The 2014 version of the Cardus report, Private Schools for the Public Good,  confirms those findings while…  [read the full post]

Finding Your Goal…Your Purpose…Your Calling

Henry Ford famously said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Joe Ehrmann, author of the bestselling book InsideOut Coaching, addressed the need for a purpose and a calling in telling coaches: “Too many coaches have no clear, concise purpose other than winning and choose of path…  [read the full post]