I enjoy to learn new words in other languages when there is not a word in the English language to describe. Sobremesa is a word to describe a Spanish tradition of relaxing at the table after a heavy meal. Beginning after dessert is provided, it usually last an hour or half an hour. During long … Continue reading Sobremesa: The Art of an Intimate Meal
Pastor Russ Taylor serves leaders and pastors in their roles today as a counselor, advisor and confidant from his years of experience in ministry, pastoring and missions work. I have asked Pastor Russ Taylor to provide wisdom for these times we are facing. "Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, … Continue reading Wednesday’s Word from the Wise
We are four days into the self-quarantine. This is a new norm it appears. What appeared as if it was going to be for two weeks could last for two months or even more. We are preparing for the long haul.
“It is? I forgot about that!” replied a shocked corporate executive and leader in our church after I reminded him one of God’s top ten, the ten commandments, is to honor and remember the Sabbath. He had been raised in a home like I had where going to church was not an option and we were enjoying a breakfast together one morning. “I know!” I shot back. "I forgot too!"
I recently returned from the Dallas area where I was attending a leadership retreat. The leader of the retreat stopped early on the second day with a word of encouragement for the group. He shared his military experience and how the term 'at ease' is actually a command. When the highest ranking office in the room sees a higher ranking office about the enter the room, he or she yells to the rest "Attention!"
By mid-June, I knew I was in trouble. I told my wife and I told my staff I was in dangerous territory. I hadn't done anything wrong. I possessed no wrong motives but circumstances around me since the beginning of 2018 were choking me physically, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. They had been more than … Continue reading Ruthlessly Eliminating Hurry | A Personal Lesson
Walking slow has been one of the hardest things I am learning to do.
Change of place + change of pace = change of perspective I first heard this equation from pastor, author, and church leader Mark Batterson. It really makes a difference. My personal pastor encouraged us all to take two weeks off. He would share it takes two weeks to obtain full rest - the first week the … Continue reading Art of Adoption(s): Rollin’ with the Rowland’s | How We Get Away
There are a few things in life you just have to splurge. We got to nice restaurants, have nice clothes, and enjoy great vacations but daily, we are spending hours in three areas where we financially believe it is not prudent to spend a large amount of money.
Honoring the Sabbath conjures up ideas of closed stores, quiet homes, and lazy days. A day of do-nothing. You go to church and then, you simply do . . . nothing. My wife grew up spending Sundays, the traditional Christian sabbath, at her grandmother’s home. With a house full of laughing, playful kids, it was down time for the adults after lunch. The kids had one rule - stay on the porch. You got off the porch and her grandmother would get a switch.