March, 2014

The Hidden Secrets of Belief

The Hidden Secrets of Belief

Twenty-five years ago, I worked for a struggling software company. Our architecture was outdated and sales revenue plummeted. Investments in new architecture meant expenses skyrocketed. We were hemorrhaging money with no doctor in sight. And then our president had a heart attack. Our parent company asked me if I would consider becoming president. I was flattered by their great offer (and...

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You’d Be Surprised

You’d Be Surprised

Every once in a while I run across a line that halts me in my tracks (or sometimes my ruts) with a sense of “I’m speaking to you, Gary”.  This was one of those thoughts: You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.”  Brene Brown It’s very easy and usual for us to be sloppy and shielded with our life because it’s our life and it...

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What’s The Biggest Problem with Legalism? You. And Me.

What’s The Biggest Problem with Legalism? You. And Me.

I once belonged to a prayer group that prized ecumenical unity. We came from a wide variety of Christian traditions. We sang, “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.” Then we split down the middle due to ruptured relationships among our leaders. We formerly prided ourselves on our exceptional unity; then our leaders attacked each other. We were embarrassed and a bit humiliated. Our...

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Avoiding The Pain of Regret

Avoiding The Pain of Regret

I am the son of a pastor. During my dad’s forty years of ministry, he did many great things; he probably committed a few stupid acts; and he occasionally had to make unpopular decisions. He passed away almost twenty years ago. The “Smith” family was originally supportive of my dad during his Detroit pastorate (from 1963 to 1975). And then they suddenly opposed him. The Smith’s used to...

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Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola (French writer) Several years ago, at another point of bewilderment (mystery) about my life and calling, I asked God for specific understanding about what I was to do. Instead of hearing a list of to-dos, I heard, “Live like an artist.”  Once again, God...

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