The moment Christ became real to me

I remember the moment Christ became real to me.

It was a Sunday morning. I was in college. And a friend of mine dragged me to a church service — one unlike any that I’d ever experienced.

I grew up Catholic, and the church I was used to was pretty traditional. This service that my friend dragged me to was weird.

We were in a gym on campus. People were rocking out to a band. College kids were jumping and singing and clapping to songs about Jesus. It was loud, goofy looking, and I was not impressed.

I stood there with my arms crossed, a frown on my face, and mad as hell at my friend for dragging me there.

This was the first time I’d ever heard anyone other than a Catholic priest deliver a sermon. I drowned the speaker out with angry thoughts and hatred for having to be there.

But then something happened. Continue reading “The moment Christ became real to me”

Acknowledge good works publicly

I once heard a speaker, an expert on business etiquette, talk about the need for public acknowledgement. She talked about a “traveling trophy” in the office — something that could be placed on someone’s desk following a job well done. Later, that person takes the trophy and places it on another deserving coworker’s desk, and so on.

When I was working as a newspaper reporter in Springfield, Missouri, we did this. The trophy was a Teddy bear with a crown. And, I kid you not, when it landed on my desk, I was ecstatic! A kid’s toy with no real value sitting atop my computer for the newsroom to see made my day. It was a form of public acknowledgement from my peers.

And it was fun to then pass it along to my coworkers.

When coworkers do a good job, acknowledge them in some way. If you can do it publicly, take a moment to do it.

A simple pat on the back or a public thank you can go a long way in building morale and encouraging others to serve.

How does your organization acknowledge good works publicly?

Good Old Days: How far back do we have to go to find them?

It’s often heard that we long to see our nation turn back to the good old days.

Sometimes I long for that as well. But then I wonder: Were those days really that good? Or is it something I’ve romanticized? And how far back do we have to go to find that perfect good old day?

To put this in perspective, I imagine that my sons will one day claim that these days — the ones we adults complain about so much — are the good old days they long for.

And to quote the American poet Billy Joel: “The good old days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”



The Tremendous Value of Faculty Experts

I recently had the opportunity to write an article for CASE CURRENTS magazine that allowed me to share some tips, thoughts, and experiences regarding faculty experts and their importance.

I have been working with faculty experts the majority of my professional career. It really is a joy.


At Baylor, we’ve been investing resources in this area for several years now, and we’re seeing results. According to our numbers from Cision, we’ve realized more than $11 million worth of earned media for our academics and their research since 2014.

In the past two years, we’ve spent considerable time identifying, recruiting and training faculty to work with the media. We’ve seen positive results and we receive good feedback from faculty.

Check out the article and learn more.

“The storyteller takes what he tells from experience – his own or that reported by others. And he in turn makes it the experience of those who are listening to his tale.”

~Walter Benjamin


Five reasons we don’t ask God for HUGE things

I’m not thinking big enough for God.

Yes, God is the God of all things big and small. And we’re content with asking Him for small things.

But what’s wrong with asking God for HUGE things? The seemingly insurmountable things?

Maybe it’s a healing, a job, a home, financial security, a church revival, a safe community, salvation for a lost family member, or the blessing of a small business to take off.

I believe one major thing that gets in the way is simply our reluctance and/or refusal to ask.

So why don’t we ask?  Continue reading “Five reasons we don’t ask God for HUGE things”