Entries by tensionleads


Flying Like the Giggling Kid

I was on a plane not too long ago.  It was a small plane flying out of West Virginia (most planes flying out of West Virginia are small).  So, on this cloudy day as we came down through the clouds prepping for landing it was quite bumpy. I hate bumpy on a plane. But in […]


You Should Be Cheating Part 1

Andy Stanley wrote a great book called Choosing to Cheat.  In it, he makes the assumption that we all cheat certain things in life to achieve other things.  We don’t necessarily think of it as cheating, but we do.  For instance, when we avoid desert in order to lose weight we are cheating our appetite.  When […]

When Delicious Sits Right in Front of You

There’s this moment in this wedding I performed a few weeks ago.  I’m sitting at the reception, at a dinner table with the family of the bride, waiting for one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten.  I didn’t know it was going to be an amazing steak, I just knew my duties in the […]

The Power to Suffer

Power allows us to find our way through suffering. At least that’s what Paul seems to believe.  It’s not what I believe.  I see power as the opportunity for self-achievement, status-advancement, and notoriety.  I wrestled with it in getting ready to launch this blog.  In my own eagerness, as this website took shape and I […]

Country Music and the Danger of Success

I read an interview with country singer Eric Church recently.  One of the things I love about him is that he seems to be maintain a focus on writing and independence in a musical genre that has become mechanistic in churning out pop-country hits that could all be on the same record.  In the interview, […]

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WE the People

“’The other’ need not be negatively different from us but could be a friend, one who shares our views, our life, but who is an “other” nonetheless. The other does not exist only in the opposite camp but is found within any given group be it religious (Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist) or political (conservatives, […]

Donovan McNabb Peaked at 32

I listened to this interview the other day with Donovan McNabb, the great quarterback from a few years ago who played for the Philadelphia.  As he was talking with the interviewer, they discussed the emergence of  several young rookie quarterbacks and what that growth process had been like for Donovan. He shared how he really began […]


I Assume You’re Brilliant

You don’t know me.  So why should you trust me?  Some church planter guy in West Virginia talking about leadership.  What do I know about you and your situation? Of course, on the other hand, your cynicism might keep you from something that could create a breakthrough in your situation.  And what if you miss […]