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[30 Dec 2015]

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." (Winston Churchill) On a snowy day in early March of 2008, I “attended” the first staff meeting of Lumunos—meaning that on the various ends of the conference call line were Doug in Vermont; Bill, Tiffany, and Suzanne in Falls Church, VA; and I in New Hampshire. Even though it was snowing in Vermont and New Hampshire, we could all attend the meeting because we were “virtual.” No driving hassles, no delayed starts of meetings! I fast became convinced that this was a very efficient way to work. Efficient, yes, but I wondered was this the best way to build a team? I soon learned that under Doug’s leadership, Lumunos—a community of saints, staff, Board, friends, and faithful supporters—better than any other organization (at least that I had worked ...

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[21 Dec 2015]

With Thanksgiving in our rear view mirror, Advent in our laps, and Christmas right around the corner, the news is very troubling; but today, I wish to extend thanks.   For no particular reason, I was born to Vera and Joe in the United States of America. Most world citizens are not born in this country, and for this grace I say thank you.   I grew up in southern California and got to play sports, and be outside most of the year, and go to Disneyland when it opened in 1955, and play in the mountains and swim in the Pacific Ocean. For these graces I did not earn, I say thank you.   In my teen years I encountered the Christian faith thanks to the Turner family and Young Life. My faith became real as I started to learn the importance of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Not everyone gets these opportunities, and for ...

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