The 85-Cent Principle

Simple beats cheap almost every time

I recently went to a vending machine to purchase a snack. The Twix bar in slot B-3 was calling my name. It cost eighty-five cents. “Eighty-five cents?” I thought. What an odd price for a vending machine. Usually it’s fifty cents, seventy-five cents, or a dollar. I realized if I bought the Twix I had […]

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 157

The Best Christmas Movie, Best Christmas Album, and the election (sigh)

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this morning: It has been a while since I’ve posted completely original content. It’s been two months since my last stream of consciousness. Remember, the thoughts are my own, and written quickly (virtually impromptu) as a stream without careful editing. There are three reasons. First, after more than a million […]

What’s Your 95 MPH Fastball?

Find it. Keep throwing it.

A couple of months ago I had lunch with one of those Yodas–those wise, older pastors who have been in ministry so long they ooze wisdom without knowing it. This gentleman could offer commentary on nearly anything and it would be laced with something helpful. He’s been at the same congregation for more than thirty years, and in ministry for more than thirty-five years.

That takes some doing. It doesn’t just happen. It takes something to live one’s life with integrity in a fish bowl, make the sacrifices full-time ministry asks of you, help grow a church over decades, and still smile a lot—after nearly forty years. Such pastors are my heroes. I hope to be one of them.