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A great reminder from the Seattle Seahawks

Apart from the fact that sports is my business, I really do enjoy watching games–especially big ones like the Super Bowl. Prior to this year’s Super Bowl, I was torn between rooting for the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. I like the Seahawks, but I also like Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning because he seems like a great leader and a classy guy. But then I was won over by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after reading about his story and...

My favorite sound bites from Catalyst West 2011 (Part 1)

Catalyst West isn't done yet, but already, I feel different. I forgot how life-changing a Catalyst conference can be. It's just one of those events that create an environment for people to feel hopeful, inspired, and empowered once again.

Just like last year, my pen had trouble keeping up with all the speakers, and most of the time, I was too focused on listening that I forgot to take down notes. But here are some of the funny, witty, and powerful sound bites I managed to write down [...]

Why bother with theology?

I’m currently reading Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. The book talks a lot about three words that make most people squirm (myself included): theology, orthodoxy, and doctrine. I don’t often read books like this one, but I pushed myself to give it a try. In the first chapter, Harris already gave me a good reason to read further. I want to share with you what stood out for me, because I think he wrote it beautifully: “I’ve come to learn...

You have a special message to deliver. Do you know what it is?

Did you know that you’re a messenger? You are. In fact, we’re all messengers. Every day, our lives carry messages. Some of these can be messages of love and hope, and some can be messages of bitterness and anger. The options are endless. Every life tells a different story, and every story is made up of different messages. Do you know what messages you carry? Are your messages getting to where they need to be? I’ll help you answer those...

A powerful insight about grace

Early this year, I had the privilege of seeing and hearing philosopher, professor, and author Dallas Willard speak in person at the Catalyst West 2010 conference, where he was interviewed on stage by one of my favorite authors and speakers, John Ortberg. This session was one of the highlights of the conference for me. Willard is not only brilliant and deep, he’s incredibly funny and witty, too. A guy named Jake Ishmael even tweeted: “Dallas Willard makes Yoda look like...

John Ortberg – "The Me I Want to Be" @ North Point Community Church

I’m listening to this message by author John Ortberg at North Point Community Church. I had to hit the pause button to type this quote in. Powerful! “What do you do when Dow Jones is down, the Nasdaq is down, housing values are down…consumer confidence is down, employment is down, commercial real estate is down and you wonder, is anything going up these days? Well, some things are going up. The opportunity to serve people, that’s going up. The market...

Superhero series: C.S. Lewis

From time to time, I feature some people or groups that I think are pretty awesome. It’s called the SUPERHERO SERIES! When I was growing up, I was so captivated by C.S. Lewis‘ The Chronicles of Narnia. I first discovered it when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade through my brother. When I was at home, I would sneak into his room and borrow his books, and when I got to school, I would look for the books, then...