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

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. 

The leering Lord Henry Wotton is the dark whispering voice in our ear pushing us to seek excess, leisure, and gain with n...

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 within those industries over his 50 year career and worked until two weeks before his passing. 

As a child I remember cou...

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 hands, clap.  

We are here today in solidarity for you Monty as you begin to step through life...

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 trade route.  The remains of Saint James are said to be in the cathedral in Satiago de Compestela.  C...

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 nothing to talk about but a political battle and an attitude of “us vs. them.”

Don’t be surprised.  From Pope Gregory...

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 behaviors.  

Two years ago, I was surprised to learn that Irish poet and play write Oscar Wilde had visit...

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 leave the comfort of our offices. 

Executives are frequently lulled into the bad habit of spen...

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 room and I found it foreign to the typical setup where everyone looked straight forward at the teacher.  It was 1981 and...

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 useless, on how to deploy the right methodology.

As a layman I’ve learned these models were obstructive to cr...

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