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  • May 13

    The Power of Presence

    A friend told me a long time ago that a person, especially a leader, must guard their essence. That is, a person only has so much “essence," only so much personal power and energy that they can give to any one thing. Once ...

  • May 6

    Baby Steps

    Whenever you get serious about an endeavor, your first few lessons are very basic. I mean, very, very basic. They are so basic because, as any good teacher will tell you, most students have to unlearn bad habits they've picked ...

  • Apr 29

    The Encore Problem

    The Encore Problem

    In Nashville, it's called the encore problem. Here's how the story goes. An artist comes to Nashville with a boxload of songs and dreams. They've been writing songs over the course of their life and if they're lucky, ...

  • Apr 15

    Nothing Left to Say

    When There’s Nothing Left to Say

    I make my living with words. I love words. I pay attention to words and how they work. I get frustrated when people use "anxious" when they mean "eager." (Anxious means we're ...

  • My dad was a local politician who served for several years on the city council of Huntsville, Alabama. Watching him work the angles to get things done in local city politics was an education for me. In a lot of ways, growing up with ...

  • You Have to See it Coming

    Even though I’ve read the passage many times, I’m still shocked by how fast the enemies of Jesus looked for opportunities to kill Him. Jesus had just started His public ministry when the Pharisees began to conspire with ...

  • Mar 25

    The Glamorous Lie of Sin

    I'm old enough to remember when cigarettes were glamorous. All the great movie stars smoked and whenever there was a tense scene in a movie, the star would take a long draw on their cigarette and slowly blow out the smoke across ...

  • Mar 18

    Would I Be Brave?

    I watch with a quiet horror as the men in Ukraine put their families on trains and buses, trying to get them to safety.

    Husbands hug their wives as wives sob into their husband’s shoulders. Fathers squeeze their children so hard ...

  • Mar 11

    Making Space for Grace

    When we finally convinced my mother to move to Nashville from Huntsville -- or, as she told everyone, when we “kidnapped her and stole all of her money," I was faced with the daunting task of cleaning out mom and dad's ...

  • COVID-19 Changed Everything…And That’s Okay

    Our lives are marked by a series of transformational moments. These moments separate history from the future. One moment life is one way and the next, life will never be the ...