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Master of the Oblivious

Master of the Oblivious

Yesterday Merriem and I accompanied Jacob, our oldest, to his company Christmas party. That’s right: we’re old enough to have a child with his own workplace party. After it was over with, we shopped...

The Cross in the Midst of Chaos

The Cross in the Midst of Chaos

This afternoon our entire nation is focused on the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The latest numbers report 26 people dead, many of them children, and many of those likely kindergarteners. Every time another...

Flashback Friday: Template It

Flashback Friday: Template It

This one’s for the pencil-pushing, numbers-crunching, spreadsheet-making organizational nerds out there. Merry Christmas. If you’re a leader who tends to run regularly recurring events, you need an event template. Weekly events are one thing:...

Thursday Three For All

Thursday Three For All

Three things that have grabbed my attention like a spider monkey grabs a toupee off a bald guy’s head, in 3…2… Fluffo Gave Middle Tennesseans Good Night’s Sleep For 80 Years. In the “purely personal”...

Capturing the Magic

Capturing the Magic

No doubt about it, this little girl loves her daddy and our special time together. And by “loves” I mean “I think my ear drum ruptured.”

Forever Home.

Forever Home.

The bystanders at Raleigh-Durham Airport never knew what hit them. Late Monday afternoon a few dozen people descended on Terminal 2. They brought banners and balloons and cookies and a camera crew. They gathered...

The High Cost of Free

The High Cost of Free

Last Thursday night was designated family night at the Casa de la Franks, a night where we temporarily gave up the individual staring at iPads, iPods, iPhones and iPreciouses for the collective staring at...

Thursday Three For All

Thursday Three For All

It’s easy-peasy day around the blog, where I put up cool links and you click ’em. Hey, I’m just here to serve. The One Minute Change That Will Transform Your Company. Or your church. It’s...

Get To vs. Guilted To

One of our volunteer plumb lines is that you should serve because you get to, not because you’re guilted to. There’s a world of difference between those two words. Guilted to people sign up to serve in the nursery...