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Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. Traditions are the living faith of the dead.

February 23, 2019


Perhaps put another way, traditionalism is the activities and practices separate from the historical community, and traditions are the activities and practices that connect one with the historical community. Either way, it’s always been about family. Never about piety.

Blame is an abdication of responsibility.

January 1, 2019


We must first distinguish between “blame” and a rational analysis of causality. Once you’ve done that, if you hear someone use blame as the rational analysis, you’re listening to someone who has given up power; the power to change, make a difference, or the authority to influence. Blame is ultimately an abdication of responsibility. The kind of person […]

The idea is to die young, as late as possible.

December 6, 2018


This quote by anthropologist Ashley Montagu was the opening line in President 43, George H. Bush’s eulogy of his father, President 41, George H. W. Bush.

The opposite of certainty is not doubt, but adventure.

November 20, 2018


Certainty implies nothing more to learn, nothing more to discover. Certainty doesn’t inspire searching, exploring, or investigating. Adventure is to have wonder, awe, mystery, and surprise. It is the very definition of being “uncertain” of what may come, what may emerge, what may develop.

Mike Yaconelli’s 4 Principles

November 1, 2018


Be leery of authority. Go to where the life is. Minister out of weakness. Let Jesus be your muse.

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

September 24, 2015


Never be an expert. Always be a novice. Never be certain of a solution. Always embrace the next problem. Fail frequently. Do not run from discomfort. Run to it. This is the way of success. This is the way of an entrepreneur. This is the way of an adventurer.

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

August 12, 2015


Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us set aside labels and do more listening.

“Abusus non tollit usum.” Misuse does not remove use.

February 26, 2015


Leadership: Just because effective leadership practices and principles are often misapplied, taken advantage of, or leveraged for one’s own selfish agenda, does not mean those leadership principles are invalid. Religion: Just because religious institutions have abused power, misappropriated theological concepts, and ignored rationalism, reason, and proper philosophy, does not mean that religion itself is vapid […]

Use the phrase, “I decided…”

February 11, 2015


There is a choice in every choice. This choice could make a radical difference in life outcomes. That choice is to view your activity as a matter of consequence or as a matter of free will. This is not about the thing itself, but rather how one describes the thing. This is also the difference […]

I’d rather be in the arena marred and spent, than be a critic who is cold, timid, and ignorant of victory and defeat.

January 1, 2014


At least, that is how I feel after reading quotes like this: It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is […]