For about 6 years now, I have known that I am a type 8 on the Enneagram, what is often referred to as the Challenger/Protector. Even before I had a name and a number to describe some aspects of how I show up in the world, I was aware of many of the dimensions of … More How 8 Thou Art (Reflections on My Enneagram#)
Years ago a friend told me that he was sad because he didn’t know his life’s purpose. For some reason, I had never thought about that concept before. And so, because I didn’t know how to take what he was saying seriously, I insensitively reacted with laughter. This upset him, which only made me laugh … More Transforming Purpose
I remember when I first received the email. I was sitting in my cubicle—a place that didn’t reflect my inner life. I don’t remember who the email was from. But, it was one of those inspirational emails that starts off lifting your spirits and then lets you down by saying that you have to send … More Powerful Beyond Measure – Part 1
I might be going through a midlife crisis (MLC). A word that etymologically means, “the point at which change must come, for better or worse.” I remember that whenever I heard about MLCs growing up, I thought that whatever it was, it would never happen to me because the way MLCs are typically characterized, it … More There is No Competition
Ever since I heard the Kanye TMZ interview and listened to Kanye’s two new songs, I have been watching the thoughts that arise in my consciousness around the points that I think he thinks he is trying to make. Of course, you can’t make sense out of nonsense. That is the Roofless Church’s Cardinal Insight. … More Choose Your Thoughts or They’ll Choose You
The other day I came across an email from 2008 that I sent to a group of friends at the dawn of the election of President Obama. On the surface, this might seem like a political email, but from my perspective, it is an appeal to people to seek consciousness in the choices we are … More The Choice for Choice
Today in the Men’s Breakfast I lead we talked about our career paths and what led us to our church. In the course of the conversation we talked about the “Invisible Hand” that in retrospect seemed to be leading us even when we were cluelessly making decisions or trusting our gut. For some of us … More Is Destiny Written or What?
I’m starting to think that advertisers, marketers, politicians, the media, and all of the seemingly maniacal masters of mind manipulation might be a little more innocent than some of us like to imagine? Why? Because I realize that the masses aka “We the People” are a lot more powerful than we are willing to take … More No More of This! No, More of This.
What follows is a message I delivered at Second Baptist Church of Boulder on October 30, 2016 for their youth Sunday. The premise of the message is that whatever we do or don’t do has an impact on the world. The message was inspired by the Sermon on the Mount and a conversation I had … More Doomed to Significance
With all of the talk about “American Greatness”, I was reminded of a great example of people choosing leadership that reflected their values. I think that if we learned how to value ourselves, leadership who valued us would naturally emerge from among us. Check out this example and let me know what you think. In … More Valuing Leaders Who Value You