Published: 7 years ago

Hygienists & Holiness

Last week I went in for my regularly scheduled water boarding session known as the dental checkup. I’ve written extensively about my loathing-love for the dentist before, so I won’t revisit the topic of spit vacuum repairmen or my wife’s behind-my-back calling of the dental receptionist on …

Published: 7 years ago

Play for Hope!

Alright, Raleigh-Durham friends, I’ve got a fun opportunity to tell you about.  This Friday night I’m attending Play for Hope Silent Auction.  Play for Hope is a charity that uses sports like soccer and basketball as a platform to reach children in Rwanda with …

Published: 7 years ago

What the Church Can Learn From Disney (part 6)

Finally, people.  This is the last in a series of blog posts.  You can catch up here. Today we’re cranking out a two-fer.  That’s right: two Disney principles in one post, which is exactly what you need on the day that you’re in a …

Published: 7 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

No deep thoughts.  Just a funny video (and product placement) about a slippery turkey. And if you’re in the mood for a walk down memory lane, you can check out “A Thanksgiving Parable” from a couple of years back.

Published: 7 years ago

What the Church Can Learn From Disney (part 5)

Polish your people. If there was one letdown of the Disney experience, it was this: not everybody who works there believes it is the happiest place on earth. It wasn’t like that on past trips.  Everybody was cheerful.  Really cheerful.  Sickeningly cheerful.  Hey-that-kid-just-ate-too-much-funnel-cake-and-barfed-on-my-shoe-but-I’m-still-freakishly-happy-about-it-cheerful. And …

Published: 7 years ago

An Open Apology to My Son*

Dear Austin, It looks like you broke your foot after all.  I’m sorry that I questioned you.  You were right.  I was wr…  wrrrrr… …I didn’t have all the facts. You have to understand that your track record on potentially life-threatening injuries isn’t very …

Published: 7 years ago

What the Church Can Learn From Disney (part 4)

Don’t start here. Back that mouse up. For a long time now, I’ve been telling you that details matter.  It matters that your facility is clean.  It matters that there’s toilet paper on the roll.  It matters that what’s announced from the stage is …

Published: 7 years ago

Ten Years

Ten years later, I still remember eating hot Krispy Kremes while walking down a cold and windy sidewalk to Nashville’s Baptist Hospital. Ten years later, I remember laughing when she said, “If Gore wins the recount, don’t wake me up.” Ten years later, I …

Published: 7 years ago

What the Church Can Learn From Disney (part 3)

Where there’s a three, there’s a one and two.  Catch up there first. For the rest of our lives, when we look back on Disney 2010, we’ll remember Rafael. Rafael is a waiter at Whispering Canyon Café, a theme restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  …

Published: 7 years ago

What the Church Can Learn From Disney (part 2)

It’s a series, yo. Start here. Walt Disney envisioned that his theme parks would represent a grander “show,” a living movie, if you can imagine that.  As such, you are not just walking into a park, you’re entering into a grand show that has …

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