Author Archives: Brian

About Brian

committed to living life thoughtfully, joyfully, and Christianly

One Incredible Fundraising Journey

Brian is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM 2014). His vision is to produce 25-year-old followers of Jesus Christ. His family will be moving to Kaiserslautern, Germany in August to reach the more than 1500 military teens (a.k.a. “brats”) stationed there.  If … Continue reading

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VQ and PQ: Two Indispensible Leadership Keys

I discovered something recently that has revolutionized the way I gauge the future success or failure of leaders. I call it a leader’s VQ and PQ. The VQ stands for Vision Quotient. What is the leader’s vision for the future of … Continue reading

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What Crimea Really Exposes and Why It Matters

I know it’s been forever since I last posted. I’ll not apologize, though, because my commitments to family, seminary studies, and other job responsibilities take a much higher priority right now. In fact, even on this post I’m only allowing … Continue reading

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bridging the diversity gap

Our world is diverse. Ethnically, socially, economically, and politically we are diverse! I know – not exactly an earth-shattering observation. “So why make it?” Because relationally it poses a challenge.

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Desiring the Kingdom: A Critical Book Review

The following is a book summary and critical review of James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom. I highly recommend the book for anyone in Christian leadership or education. It is a lengthy post, but I believer readers will find it … Continue reading

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Top 10 Characteristics of Good Leaders

“You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.” ~ Norman Schwarzkopf, US Army General, Persian Gulf War “The Buck Stops Here” Mentality … Continue reading

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Mortality, Might, and Mt. Everest

New Zealand mountaineer, Russell Brice, has had his share of mountain top moments. He has reached mountain peaks higher than 8,000 meters (26,247 ft) 14 times, including the famed Mt. Everest twice. And since 1974 he’s been helping other climbers … Continue reading

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6 golden nuggets for great small group discussions

Small group discussions can be the catalyst for transformational growth in the lives of young people – if they are led well. Since one of my passions is empowering leaders to pursue their God-given calling with greater effectiveness, I want … Continue reading

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3 Transforming Principles for Effective Communication

How is it some communicators can rivet you to your seat bringing laugher and tears all within the same presentation while others seem to offer the perfect cure for insomnia? As a retreat speaker and regular youth presenter, I’ll be … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: The Proper Christian Response!

This is the second of two posts on the topic of homosexuality. The first post introduced the issue. This post outlines the proper Christian response to gay individuals. The $10 million dollar question: “How should Christians respond to gay individuals[1] in … Continue reading

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