Simply The Best …

Here are some "bests" I've encountered in my time on earth. Best tennis player I ever played with:  Rod Laver.  If you're a tennis player, you know it's virtually impossible to have a better answer than that one.  Laver, an Australian who won tennis' calendar year...

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Why Ambiguity Makes For Great Art And Terrible Leadership

Most critics will tell you that great novels and films involve more than a little ambiguity.  Characters are rounded, stories are open-ended, and the heroes and villains are indistinguishable, in large part because people are both at the same time. It's why in...

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TOP FIVE TUESDAY — Top Five Wimbledon Moments

Some thoughts I shared about Wimbledon in the space before . . . Top Five Tuesday: Top Five Wimbledon Moments   I have never been to Wimbledon. Something about sitting in a cold rain in early July doesn’t appeal to me. And for the last 24 years, I haven’t been...

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My Least Favorite Sign In The World …

... is this one: If you ever see one like it at Good Shepherd, you'll know we have ourselves a new pastor.  It's why our staff has instructions to park at the remote end of the parking lot. So, no signs like that will be up this Sunday as we move into Week 2 of...

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Grass Court Tennis & The What Ifs

So it’s Wimbledon this week. It’s hard to be at work when there’s grass court tennis going on. Back in the day, grass courts suited my game better than any other surface. Grass courts tennis rewards hard serves and aggressive play, both of which were my strengths....

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The Nicest Thing My Mom Ever Said. So Far.

As many of you know,  I am the youngest of eight children. You may also know that I am 23 years younger than the oldest Davis and seven years younger than the #7 child. In other words, an only child with seven brothers and sisters. Being that much younger than...

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Unhappy Campers Launch

Unhappy Campers   Many of us – maybe even most of us – have heard the story of the children of Israel passing through the waters of the Red Sea as if walking on dry land.   Moses – in our mind, played by Charlton Heston – stands boldly before the waters, they...

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What Do You Do With A Small Group/Life Group Oversharer?

Whether it's a Sunday School Class, a Bible study, a Life Group/Small Group, or even a recovery meeting, one group member poses a unique set of obstacles:  The Oversharer. You know who I'm talking about.  People who, with good intentions and a genuine heart, share too...

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