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Read the ancients, as they can prepare us for tomorrow.

January 10, 2020

“There’s people been friendly, but they’ll never be your friend.  Sometimes this has bent me to the ground.” – Rich Mullins “Elijah”

Each time I hear this lyric sung it drags up a wealth of memories and it stings a little.  I am reminded of people that are no...

December 20, 2019

Alexis de Tocqueville ends his 1840 review of American society “Democracy in America” by writing, “I feel full of fears and full of hopes,” as he looks into the future of the great experiment. Tocqueville understood the American psyche then and little has changed in th...

December 3, 2019

The rain lifted after 48 hours and I was able to leave my musty hotel room for a walk.  I stepped out onto the wet pavement with my mind frozen on the last words of a book I spent the weekend reading.  It read: 

“Avoid vice, Therefore, and cultivate...

November 3, 2019

Sit quietly in a room alone and eventually you’ll encounter the dark recesses of your soul.  Blaise Pascal said this is why people filled their lives with busyness.  Reading Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” will take us to the dark places inside ourselves. 

Th...

November 1, 2019

Of the things I have from my father after his death, there is none I prize more than his old shoe shine rag.  

My dad, Donald Owens Jr. spent thirty years working in the automotive aftermarket industry and twenty years in petroleum products.  He lead sales departments w...

September 28, 2019

Good Afternoon.  This is a celebration of Marty’s life……so as I share please participate with me.  If there is an Amen on your lips let it out, a Hallelujah in your heart let it go, a tear in your eye let it fall, a laugh in your gut, laugh out loud, an applaud in your...

September 20, 2019

A month ago our daughter set out on an adventure, walking the 800 km of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint. James) in Spain.  Yesterday she successfully completed her walk across the country.  The pilgrimage was most used in the middle ages along and old Roman tr...

July 12, 2019

Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, and Mark Burns will not help you live well as a Christian in the modern world.  Their political agenda silences any useful message of the Gospel to the secular world and forces their followers into cloisters with nowhere to go and no...

June 3, 2019

Some of the best observations of the American psyche have come from our European visitors in the past such as Alexi de Tocqueville, Francis Lieber, James Bryce and Charles Dickens.   Since the 19th century the observations have shifted little in the measurement of our...

May 30, 2019

Over the past ten years I’ve spent 784 nights in a Marriott hotel and another 126 at Intercontinental properties.  Two and a half years were spent away from home office in order to be where life and business were really happening.  If we are to effectively lead we must...

May 20, 2019

The day after Labor Day I walked downstairs at Glen Crest Middle School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and into the 6th grade Social Studies class of Craig Hofmann for the first time.  The classroom was different than others.  The desk were arranged in a U shape around the ro...

April 21, 2019

 “You want to be a missionary?
Got that missionary zeal?
Let a stranger change your life
How does it make you feel?”

Paul Simon

“Hurricane Eye”

I was brought up in a tradition that looked at discipleship as a repeatable formula.  There are an endless number of books, most...

April 17, 2019

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

- C.S. Lewis ,“Four Loves”.

May 1st will mark the 25th year of The May Club as countless friends accumulated throughout life join me in Key West for a week...

April 15, 2019

Maybe you watched with tears as the symbol of a faith and a nation burned today.  The 800 year old Notre Dame Cathedral is visited by more people in Paris than the Eiffel Tower each year.  It has stood as a symbol of faith and a guardian of the heart of Paris for centu...

March 21, 2019

One would be tempted to shove one’s head in the sand due to the overwhelming amount of negative information received on a daily basis.  But this would be a cowardly act. Last weekend I spent time in G.K. Chesterton’s “The Catholic Church and Conversion”, a book from 19...

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