Have you ever put faith in a person? If so, did that person let you down? I've let people down. I've failed. As a husband. As a father. As a son. As a friend. Unfortunately, despite my hopes and prayers to stay the course, I will continue to fail. So might you. No matter their … Continue reading What do Moses and Mark McGwire have in common?
A few years ago, I ran across a graduation card with a handwritten note from David Fortney, one of my journalism professors -- a man I knew as a mentor, a very talented writer, and a friend. David was a Vietnam veteran. Prior to his years teaching journalism at Truman State University, he'd worked as … Continue reading Thank faculty mentors while you can
EDITOR'S NOTE: I wrote this blog in 2012 when the United States was still stumbling a bit from the downturn of 2008. While that dates it a little, much of this still rings true today. I've been working for universities since 2004. Each spring, I watch thousands of new graduates leave the comforts of college … Continue reading Are you a new graduate looking for that first job? These tips might help.
When we look back on our lives, we can often see God's hand at work. In hindsight, I can see him at every crossroad. Especially those life-changing moments when (while it was happening) I was just so sure he was nowhere to be found. But he was there, and he helped. When you look back, … Continue reading Ignoring God: How’s that working for you?
Do you remember mix tapes? Today, we call them playlists. When I was in high school in the 1990s, I was pretty good at making the perfect mix tape for any occasion. I probably made at least a hundred of those things. I'd make one for every road trip, every friend, every girlfriend, every summer … Continue reading Don’t reduce God to a mix tape
Written words are powerful. Think about it. When we put something in writing, there's a sense of permanency. If we want to make something official, we're told to "put it in writing." When we make an agreement, we write a contract. Life insurance, wills, housing contracts, bills of sale. All written. All legally binding. Think … Continue reading Put it in Writing