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]

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]

Is There A Lesson To Be Learned From The Royals World Series Championship Team?

As my turn to write a blog post is once again upon me, I have to be honest. I have been obsessed for the past month with Blue October, the mysterious malady that has infected all of Kansas City unlike anything in the last 30 years. The entire city, myself included, has been obsessed with…  [read the full post]

What Kind Of A Leader Are You?

He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk. — John Maxwell In his book Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell identifies five levels of leadership and the way in which influence is exercised within each level. At the lowest level, Positional leadership, people follow a leader…  [read the full post]

Humility. Is It Necessary For A Leader?

Humility. For centuries, our culture has acknowledged it as a very important and admired virtue. However, that was not always the case. Ancient Roman and Greek culture did not consider Humility to be a virtue at all. Their cultures valued Honor above all other virtues and Honor required that individuals extol their personal achievements and…  [read the full post]

Leadership Redefined

I was recently reading a review of a new book, Redefining Leadership,  from Joseph Stowell, current president of Cornerstone University.  In it, reviewer Steve Dill, Vice President for Academic Affairs with ACSI, notes that the fundamental organization of this book is a comparison of two leadership styles: outcome-driven leaders and  character-driven leaders.  Dill goes on…  [read the full post]

Tomorrow’s Leaders – How We Are Developing Them Now

One of our great passions – and an area in which we focus greatly – is contributing to the next generation of Christian leaders. While not every child will go on to lead great crowds, the fact is, everyone is leading in their own way. We all have someone (or maybe several) who are looking…  [read the full post]

Can A Missions Trip Be FUN?

By the time you read this post, I will be on my way to the Dominican Republic, serving with a fellow teacher as one of the sponsors for the HCA Senior Missions Trip.  We will be working alongside a church there on a variety of children’s ministry activities as well as some practical work projects…  [read the full post]

The Next Generation: Developing Christian Leadership

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning…  [read the full post]