Why I Recommend Toastmasters

Why I Recommend Toastmasters

Why would an experienced speaker join Toastmasters? I’ve  learned that being an experienced speaker doesn’t make a person a good speaker. We would hope it does, but it doesn’t always do so. I had about forty-four years of various speaking experiences, mostly preaching...
Did Jesus Give Money To the Poor?

Did Jesus Give Money To the Poor?

Earlier this year while preparing material for teaching on stewardship, it dawned on me that there is no example in the four New Testament Gospels of Jesus giving money to a poor person. This observation intrigued me and motivated me to investigate it more in-depth....
Stewardship 101: Serving God’s Gain

Stewardship 101: Serving God’s Gain

I told my Russian coworker that I was going to India to teach on stewardship. She challenged me to define it for her in three words. I wasn’t able to do it at that time, but I came up with a three-word definition the next time I was working on my material. My...
Is Retirement in Your Vocabulary?

Is Retirement in Your Vocabulary?

I recently read in my son’s copy of Gordon MacDonald’s 2004 book A Resilient Life hoping to find some good quotes or stories about stewardship or generosity for teaching I’m preparing on stewardship. I did find several good quotes that were keepers, but the quote I...
Transforming Menial into Memorable: Part 2

Transforming Menial into Memorable: Part 2

How did you feel when you received your first pay raise? I felt appreciated and happy. Receiving a pay raise for what I’ve considered menial helped transform it into memorable for me. I’ll remember hearing my supervisor who conducted my sixth month evaluation tell me...
Turning A Dream Into A Home

Turning A Dream Into A Home

Our dream house is 99.99% completed. We moved into it at the end of August and have been unpacking and decorating it to make it our home. The dream itself is about eight years old, so my wife Jan and I are elated that we’re living in the house. Since moving in, I’ve...