The Week in Review

The Kingdom Impact for January 8th

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The Week Ahead:

As you head into the new year may this quote from C. F. W. Walther give you comfort. “Now then, all of you who believe in God’s Word, let your watchword for entering the new year be this: ‘I am baptized!’ Although the world may laugh at this comfort, the enthusiasts vex its confidence…nevertheless, abandon any other dearly held pledges and speak only throughout the entire year to come, in all terrors of conscience and necessity through sin and death: ‘I am baptized! I am baptized! Hallelujah!’ And you shall prevail.”

Reflect on that notice this week.  Looking ahead.

Monday: TED Talk: How we can face the future without fear, together

It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism — all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. “Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?” asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of “me” to the politics of “all of us, together.”

Tuesday:  Retaining Youth in Church is an Uphill Climb

The church’s desire to connect and retain teens is an age-old battle.  However, as the church continues to suffer huge losses in membership, this problem takes on greater significance.  The church may see youth as the one group that can rescue a bleak future.   This post looks at what opportunities lie ahead.

Wednesday: Church Multiplication: Starts with a Shared Vision and Values

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with vision is making a positive difference.” Joel Barker

 Thursday: How Anxiety Robs us of Our Trust in God

This post deals with the impact anxiety has on our ability to trust God fully.  Fear and anxiety combine to erode our confidence in God. The fear is unrealistic, and the more you focus on it, the more significant the anxiety grows.  Learn to live each day to its fullest.

 

Looking back on the week that was on: The Light Breaks Through.

Monday:  What Does the Year Ahead Hold?

https://revheadpin.org/2018/01/01/what-does-the-year-ahead-hold/

As we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another, our society tends to stop and reflect on the lives of those who passed away.  It is usually a somber time of reflection because there is such uncertainty for many when it comes to the afterlife.  I thought now would be a good opportunity to begin the year taking a closer look at heaven.

Tuesday: The US Factor Barrier in Church Planting

https://revheadpin.org/2018/01/02/the-us-factor-barrier-in-church-planting/

In this post, we will look at the four barriers you must navigate to create a church multiplication movement in your congregation. 

Wednesday:  You are Part of God’s Plan: You Were No Accident

https://revheadpin.org/2018/01/03/you-were-no-accident/

Have you ever felt unsure about your importance in the world or wondered if you matter to God? It is possible you have felt uncertain about your usefulness or whether God found you acceptable. I will examine important things about our identity in Christ.  It is my prayer that you will gain a greater sense of your divine purpose.

Thursday:  Warning If You Track Church Attendance: The Numbers Are Lying to You

https://revheadpin.org/2018/01/04/warning-if-you-track-church-attendance-the-numbers-are-lying-to-you/

This post was the most read of the week.  With over 1,000 reads and dozens of people sharing it with their congregational leaders.  I pray it will serve as a source of encouragement for you.  You are also welcome to share any of my posts. It is my prayer they are a blessing to many.

 

A bonus Read: What Millennial Parents Want in a Christian School

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/21/what-millennial-parents-want-in-a-christian-school/

This post is a summary of a presentation I gave at a teacher’s conference in the fall of 2017.  The presentation was on what do millennial parents want in a Christian day school.  Some of you are thinking they want what everyone else wants, right?  Well not so fast.  Because this generation is not as grounded in faith as previous generations there is a shift in what they value and desire for their children.  I will give you just a taste of what four factors will determine their educational choices.

 

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion, and if you know me or follow this blog long enough, you will learn I have many. Some profoundly insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

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The Week in Review

The Kingdom Impact for the Week of December 18th

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The Week Ahead:

The video post for Monday is focused on the power of coaching.  I have been coaching ministry leaders for over ten years and usually have a coach myself.  If you make one New Year’s resolution this year make it find a good coach.  It will be the best investment you could make to accomplish the mission God has called you to do. And I am not telling you this because I want more clients.  At this time, I only coach one or two leaders a year.  But coaching has been a tremendous blessing in my life and ministry.

“Coaching is a relationship with a purpose, focused on facilitating change.” Bob Logan

 What is Coaching?

The process of coming alongside a person or team to help them discover God’s agenda for their life and ministry, and then cooperating with the Holy Spirit to see that plan become a reality.

Coaching is not Counseling…

Coaching is not Consulting…

Coaching is not Mentoring…

What Makes Coaching Powerful?

  • Provides encouragement for the journey.
  • Cultivates wisdom and strategic insights.
  • Discovers breakthrough opportunities.
  • Maintains focus on the truly important.
  • Transforms vision into reality.

Reflect on that notice this week.  Looking ahead.

 Monday: TED Talk: If Want to Get Better at Something: Get a Coach!

How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon’s precision. He shares what he’s found to be the key: having an excellent coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again. “It’s not how good you are now; it’s how good you’re going to be that really matters,” Gawande says.

Tuesday:  Barriers to Creating a Church Multiplication Movement

To create a new culture in your organization comes with risk.  This movement could cause you to lose friends, lose financial supporters who don’t buy into this vision.

Wednesday: Two Warning Signs Your Heart Is Too Crowded for Jesus

The story of the Bethlehem Inn reminds us once again about preoccupation, about being unaware. And the innkeeper calls to our attention the importance of opening the door when the Savior’s knock comes.

 Thursday: The Light will Dispel the Dark Days of Your Doubts

What are you worried about?  What has got you uptight?  What is it that is keeping you awake at night, keeping your stomach churning?  You’re going to have to make some significant decisions in 2018.  I don’t know what they are and you don’t either.  But I guarantee you; you will have to make some significant decisions in the year to come.  In this post, we will talk about how the Christ of Christmas dispels the dark days of doubt.

Looking back on the week that was on: The Light Breaks Through. 

Monday:  How Urban Agriculture is Transforming Detroit

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/11/ted-talk-how-urban-agriculture-is-transforming-detroit

Something is impressive growth in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. “These aren’t plots of land where we’re just growing tomatoes and carrots,” Davison says. “We’re building social cohesion as well as providing healthy, fresh food.”

 

Tuesday: The Light in the Dark Days of Depression

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/12/the-light-in-the-dark-days-of-depression

Everybody has dark days.  You know those days you don’t want or can’t get out of bed. You’re afraid to face the world.  You are so scared to face your anxiety, your depression, your grief, your demons.  You don’t feel like it’s worth the effort.  You just want to throw in the towel.  You don’t want to see anybody nor do you want anybody to see you.  Holidays make those days seem even blacker.   We all go through dark days, a season like this.

In this series of post leading up to Christmas I want us to look today at the light of Christmas for our dark days.

 Wednesday:  How to Cultivate a Welcoming Heart at Christmas

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/13/how-to-cultivate-a-welcoming-heart 

The story of the Bethlehem Inn reminds us once again about preoccupation, about being unaware, and about inhospitality to the highest. And the innkeeper calls to our attention the importance of opening the door when the knock comes.

Thursday: How to Create a Church Multiplication Culture

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/14/how-to-start-a-church-movement

 Over the next three months, this series of posts will lay out the critical components needed to launch a culture of multiplication.  It comes not from me but from years of study and observation.  It is my prayer that it will help the church regain its missional sea legs.

Bonus Read: Five Ways to Expand Your Leadership Capacity

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/07/five-ways-to-expand-your-ministry-capacity

 

What this post will provide for leaders are the Five C’s to expand your leadership capacity.  Craig Groeschel shared these five points at Willow Creeks Leadership Summit in 2015.  He also shared this quote, “You are the leadership lid on your organization.”

 

 

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion, and if you know me or follow this blog long enough, you will learn I have many. Some profoundly insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

The Week in Review

The Kingdom Impact for the Week of December 11th

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The Week Ahead:

St. Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus, has been abolished by Roman Catholic officials with one majestic sweep of forty-one saints that “may never have existed,” according to an announcement from Vatican City.

The announcement said that some of the abolished saints had attained their standing more through legend than truth and the decree was to set the record straight.

Included among the scratched-out names was St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.

—Moody Monthly[1]

Reflect on that notice this week.  Looking ahead.

 

Monday: TED Talk: How Urban Agriculture is Transforming Detroit

There’s something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. “These aren’t plots of land where we’re just growing tomatoes and carrots,” Davison says. “We’re building social cohesion as well as providing healthy, fresh food.”

 

Tuesday:  The Light in the Dark Days of Depression

Everybody has dark days.  You know those days you don’t want or can’t get out of bed. You’re afraid to face the world.  You are so scared to face your anxiety, your depression, your grief, your demons.  You don’t feel like it’s worth the effort.  You just want to throw in the towel.  You don’t want to see anybody nor do you want anybody to see you.  Holidays make those days seem even blacker.   We all go through dark days, a season like this.

In this series of post leading up to Christmas I want us to look today at the light of Christmas for our dark days.

 

Wednesday: How to Cultivate a Welcoming Heart at Christmas

The story of the Bethlehem Inn reminds us once again about preoccupation, about being unaware, and about inhospitality to the highest. And the innkeeper calls to our attention the importance of opening the door when the knock comes.

 

Thursday: How to Create a Church Multiplication Culture

Over the next three months, this series of posts will lay out the critical components needed to launch a culture of multiplication.  It comes not from me but from years of study and observation.  It is my prayer that it will help the church regain its missional sea legs.

 Looking back on the week that was on: The Light Breaks Through.

 

Monday:  TED Talk: Courage is Contagious

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/04/ted-talk-courage-is-contagious

When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.

Tuesday: Taking a Closer Look at Generation Z

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/05/taking-a-deeper-look-at-generation-z

Take a look at this generation that is making Millennials nervous and the church hopeful. 

Wednesday: The question of the Ages: Was Jesus the One

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/06/was-jesus-the-one

It is a question that John the Baptist posed as he faced execution.  He needs reassurance his life and ministry was not sacrificed in vain.

Thursday: Five Ways to Expand Your Leadership Capacity

https://revheadpin.org/2017/12/07/five-ways-to-expand-your-ministry-capacity

What this post will provide for leaders are the Five C’s to expand your leadership capacity.  Craig Groeschel shared these five points at Willow Creeks Leadership Summit in 2015.  He also shared this quote, “You are the leadership lid on your organization.”

A bonus Read: How Facebook Could Ruin My Relationships

https://revheadpin.org/2016/05/24/how-facebook-ruined-my-life

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion, and if you know me or follow this blog long enough, you will learn I have many. Some profoundly insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

[1] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (p. 1168). Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.

The Week in Review

The Kingdom Impact for the Week of November 20th

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The Week Ahead:

German pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled town of Eilenburg during the horrors of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648. Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. The fugitives suffered from epidemic and famine. At the beginning of 1637, the year of the Great Pestilence, there were four ministers in Eilenburg. But one abandoned his post for healthier areas and could not be persuaded to return. Pastor Rinkhart officiated at the funerals of the other two.
As the only pastor left, he often conducted services for as many as 40 to 50 persons a day–some 4,480 in all. In May of that year, his own wife died. By the end of the year, the refugees had to be buried in trenches without services. Yet, while living in a world dominated by death, Rinkart wrote this timeless prayer of thanksgiving for his children.  It has become a Thanksgiving classic hymn.
Now thank we all our God

With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done,

In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother’s arms,

Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love,

And still is ours today.

 

Monday: TED Talk: What I Learned While in Prison

In 2011, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime she didn’t commit — the result of a long string of false accusations, increasing bribe attempts and the corrupt justice system in her home in Kenya. Once incarcerated, she discovered that most of the women and girls locked up with her were also victims of the same broken system, caught in a revolving door of life in and out of prison due to poor education and lack of economic opportunity.

 

Tuesday:  What Millennial Parents Want in a Christian School

The challenge Christians schools will need to address is how do you reconnect faith to character development?

 

Wednesday: Which Leper are you this Thanksgiving?

 

 

The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.

Many have wondered why Revheadpin?  I am a bowler at my core.  To be successful at it you have to consistently hit the headpin.

 

Monday: https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/13/ted-talk-dare-to-disagree

 

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

 

Tuesday: Rural Ministry has unique Challenges and opportunities

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/14/rural-ministry-has-unique-challenges-and-opportunities

So, far this year, we have written about millennials, racism, urban ministry, and heaven.  My next test is to start a conversation on doing ministry in a rural context.

 

 

Wednesday: Leaders Need a Spirit of Humility

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/15/leaders-need-a-spirit-of-humility

 

When leaders are armed with enough humility they are in a position to learn from others; the young leaders in their midst, the seasoned believers, the saints in the pew, even non-believers.

 

Thursday: Is Hip-hop the Key to Reaching Today’s Teen?

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/16/is-hip-hop-the-key-for-todays-teens

Every generation has music that their parents dislike or just don’t understand.  It is the allure of that something new.  The question for the church is how do you use that musical medium to connect with the heart language of that generation.

 

 

Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion and if you know me or follow this blog long enough you will learn I have many. Some deeply insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

 

Congregational Life and Ministry, The Week in Review

Kingdom Impact for the Week of November 13th

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The Week Ahead:

On Sunday our country was hit with another shockwave.  A man with a gun and a history of mental issues in his life went into a church in a small Texas town and killed or wounded nearly 50 of the members of that church.  The fallout from that event has the church considering tearing down the building and relocating.  How can you enter that building again with all the pain and sorrow attack to what once was a place of peace and comfort?  God will heal their wounds, but healing takes time and loss leaves a hole in the human heart.  I ran across these words that struck me in this time of grief.

 

Out of the dark forbidding soil

The pure white lilies grow.

Out of the black and murky clouds,

Descends the stainless snow.

Out of the crawling earth-bound worm

A butterfly is born.

Out of the somber shrouded night,

Behold! A golden morn!

Out of the pain and stress of life,

The peace of God pours down.

Out of the nails — the spear — the cross,

Redemption — and a crown!

 

Monday: “Dare to Disagree” A very insightful TED Talk.  Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress.

Tuesday:Rural Ministry Has Unique Challenges and Opportunities”

Ministry in rural America is about relationships and patience.

Wednesday:  “Leaders Need to Humility”

One of our greatest gifts as a leader is humility.  If we are armed with enough humility a leader is open and willing to learn from others.  This post examines this in more detail.

Thursday:  “Using Rap and Hip Hop Music to Connect with Today’s Teens”

Rap music is not just genera for African American teens.  It is widely popular with many teens.  I will share an interview with a Christian teacher who is using it to connect with young people.

 

The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.

Monday: “The Danger of Silence”

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/06/finding-your-courage/

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

Tuesday: “Creating a Family-based Ministry Environment in your Church”

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/07/creating-a-family-based-ministry-environment/

 The Family-based model is the last model left to explore. What makes this approach unique is that Family-based ministry isn’t a program, it’s a mindset. It returns the church back to its biblical foundation and the Deuteronomy understanding of the role of parents.

Wednesday: “How We Handle Grief is a Reflection of our Understanding of Heaven.”

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/08/12308

The devotional theme for today is “Blessed are they.”  I am not here to glorify their accomplishments or lift them up because these saints are especially kind and good people. This was by far the most popular post in the wake of the Texas massacre.  Our prayers go out the family and that community.

Thursday: “Three Key Components of Leadership”

https://revheadpin.org/2017/11/09/three-key-components-of-leadership/

A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”–M. D. Arnold

 Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion and if you know me or follow this blog long enough you will learn I have many. Some deeply insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?

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Kingdom Impact For the Week

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The Week Ahead:

On Tuesday, October 31st we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

It was a world-shattering movement that began, with Dr. Martin Luther and his 1517 work The Ninety-Five Theses. Luther started by criticizing the selling of indulgences. That transaction on the surface sounds like an excellent idea for the sinner. You get to buy forgiveness for an act you are going to commit or have committed. Luther was also insisting that the Pope had no authority over purgatory, which I would describe as a spiritual waiting room. The Catholic Catechism defines purgatory one “undergoes purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.”

 

Monday: A very insightful TED Talk on what are the factors that determine whether we show compassion or not.  The information will surprise you.

Tuesday:  Churches today are looking for ways to revamp their old Sunday School models to better reach children and families. This post is designed to give you a new model to consider.  I will over the next three weeks give you the benefits of this for equipping parents to be the spiritual leaders in their families.

Wednesday: A devotional message on the impact the Reformation had on the church Thursday: Will be a post geared toward older adults.  You are so valuable to the church we need you to finish the race strong.  This is based on Hebrews 12. “God ain’t done with you yet!”

The Week in Review on Revheadpin.org.

Many have wondered why Revheadpin?  I am a bowler at my core.  To be successful at it, you have to consistently hit the headpin.

Monday: https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/23/ted-talk-how-to-overcome-our-biases

This is an exciting TED talk on how our biases can impact how we think, behave and treat others.  Those same preferences, if we are not careful, can be dangerous.

Tuesday: https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/24/millennials-want-a-mentoring-and-discipling-church

The series on reaching this elusive Millennial generation continued.  This post while not intending to seemed to create quite a bit of controversy. I am not sure why we struggle to understand that each generation receives God’s word differently.  That does not mean we alter God’s word, but we need to adapt the way we communicate that world.  Paul did that in Athens in Acts 17.

Wednesday: https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/25/this-love-story-is-better-than-any-on-the-hallmark-channel

 

On Wednesday we took a deep dive into a well-known verse John 3:16. Looking at the Gospel in a nutshell verse as a love story between God and humanity.  The title, “This Love Story is Better Than Any one on the Hallmark Channel.”

Thursday: https://revheadpin.org/2017/10/26/do-you-need-an-equipper-in-your-life-2

Each of us has been uniquely created by God.  We have been wired with spiritual gifts to be used to expand the Kingdom and mission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I wanted to share with my readers how God has wired me.

Every week I meet someone who has been touched by what God has placed on my heart to write.  It is such a humbling experience.  Thank you all for being a source of encouragement to me.  I pray this blog a source of encouragement to you.  I pray it inspires you and moves you to desire a deeper relationship with a God and Savior Jesus Christ who both love you with an everlasting love.

 Disclaimer

The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.

This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of the Northern Illinois District. It is solely my opinion, and if you know me or follow this blog long enough, you will learn I have many. Some profoundly insightful some may be the result of too much Cajun spice in my diet.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts you would not be the first to do so. In the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please. It’s just a blog. It is designed to be a place for people to come and be encouraged. And don’t we all need a little more sunshine in our lives?