Reflections

Live To Be the You God Created

It is good to come to the understanding that while God wants us to be holy and Spirit-filled, He does not expect us to look like Ryan Reynolds or make the contributions of Steve Jobs or have the same spiritual insight given to [...] Keep reading…

The Confidence Factor

What is confidence and how does it help us live our calling everyday?  In a recent Harvard Business Review ‘Best Practices’ blog, Tony Schwartz, the president and CEO of The Energy Project and the author of Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to [...] Keep reading…

Power of Integrity

There’s been a lot of talk these past few days about the moral improprieties of Anthony Weiner, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Time magazine’s May 30th cover story was ‘Sex. Lies. Arrogance. What Makes Powerful Men Act Like Pigs.’ I am not shocked [...] Keep reading…

The Ease of Religion

I’ve been wrestling with the question: which is emotionally and spiritually healthier, following a plan or following your heart?  I would argue that it is following your heart.  Our heart is the core of who we are. From it flows life. As such, [...] Keep reading…

Holy Slaughter?

Ever read a passage of the bible and say “Really? Did I just read what I thought I read?” As I have been reading through the bible this year following the Life Journal Reading Plan, I read this week a passage that has [...] Keep reading…

Unholy Partnerships

In our quests to fulfill our God-given dreams, we will often be tempted to forge partnerships for immediate, short-term gains.  We are tempted to do this because we view these opportunities for immediate satisfaction as validation of God’s approval.  But the Kaleo Life [...] Keep reading…

The Suffering of Light

Ever thought about what causes the greatest pain? Could it be the attempt to do the greatest good? As part of my personal soul care I follow the Life Journal Bible Reading Plan and today I read the biblical letter of 1 Peter. [...] Keep reading…

The Tale of Two Rivers

You’ll need to have Google Earth installed on your computer to appreciate this illustration.  If you have Google Earth, type in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.  At the southern end of the Lake, the Rhone River begins.  As the Rhone passes through Geneva, it is [...] Keep reading…

The Battle of Saratoga and a Kaleo Life ‘turning point’

What has been called by some as the ‘turning point’ of the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Saratoga in the Fall of 1777 can still be a ‘turning point’ in the lives of us who desire to live the Kaleo Life. In [...] Keep reading…

Kaleo Life and LeBron James

Most of us know Lebron James as one of the NBA’s most dominant players.  If you were to poll 100 people who knew Lebron, these 100 people would say that Lebron is a basketball player.  Building on our understanding of who Lebron James [...] Keep reading…

Into The Gap

Gaps are strange things.  They are points of separation that can be either good or bad.  Let me define ‘gap’ and I believe this definition works regardless of the situation.  A gap is “the space between present reality and the desired future.” In [...] Keep reading…

Incarnational Passion and the Kaleo Life

Those who know me know that I am a passionate individual and believe we ought to be doers, leading from postures of passionate conviction.  This website was birthed from this conviction.  Yet three movements in my life converged this past week to lead [...] Keep reading…

What's Your Life Worth?

A New Year’s resolution that I made in 2009 and recommitted to doing in 2010 was spiritual journaling.  I’ve never been good at journaling, but by following the Life Journal Plan developed by Wayne Cordeiro, I have found spiritual journaling to not only [...] Keep reading…

Urgent or Important?

Every day I have to make a conscious choice to live Kaleo.  As much as I desire to be wholly available intensely passionate for the Lord, so far in my journey, it hasn’t come naturally nor easily.  It takes rigorous self-discipline to choose [...] Keep reading…

Vandalism of God's Shalom

I just started reading Cornelius Plantinga’s book Not the Way it’s Supposed to Be: a breviary of sin.  I’ve been immediately taken with his understanding of sin as the Vandalism of God’s Shalom.  Shalom being a Hebrew concept which refers to rightness, harmony, [...] Keep reading…

The Treasure Principle

It has been said that our behavior reveals our beliefs.  That is, what I truly believe and value is reflected in what I do and even how I do it.    I just received on my desk the Eternal Perspective Ministries Pastors’ Newsletter.  How my name gets on [...] Keep reading…

Duplicity and the Sovereignty of God

“…you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  James 4:15  Ever have one of those moments when you feel like you are being ‘played’, that you are the object of someone’s manipulation and [...] Keep reading…

Do you want to be a Star?

What kid hasn’t dreamed of one day being a star?  As a boy, I dreamed of being Fred Biletnikoff and every time we played football games with the neighbor kids, I imagined myself playing for the Oakland Raiders and catching the winning touchdown [...] Keep reading…

God's Vantage Point

Have you ever wished to know, even if but for a moment, what your future might hold? Wouldn’t it be great to know if your next sales call would be successful? If your new business venture would take-off? If your marriage would go [...] Keep reading…

GPS, John Wesley's Quadrilateral, & the Kaleo Life

Our family has a minivan that has a GPS (global positioning system) in it.  This little device, built-in to the console of our van, has proved invaluable in helping us navigate short trips through unfamiliar cities and guided us home from long road-trips.  [...] Keep reading…

Can Business Leaders Live Kaleo Life?

Since we launched Kaleo Life, the comment I hear frequently is how can a business leader live the Kaleo Life in the workplace? Isn’t there a ‘separation of church and state’ that prohibits this? Hmmm. Without getting into all the politics, remember that [...] Keep reading…

Kaleo means. . .

People ask, “why Kaleo”? My response is “why not”?  Kaleo is one of the New Testament Greek words for Calling. It means: “To call; to invite; to name; to be selected.” The other words are Klases and Klatos.  All three of these words [...] Keep reading…

Good Friday.

The Kaleo Life finds its beginning in Good Friday.  That is how we began our Good Friday service at our church (www.nwhills.com) last night.  During the service we reflected upon the “Last Words of Jesus” while he hung dying on the cross and [...] Keep reading…

Better Intermediate Futures

I am currently working through the book “Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement.” It has been a stimulating read.  I would encourage anyone in Christian ministry to read Will Mancini’s book. I just re-read a paragraph I [...] Keep reading…

Highway Patrol and the Kaleo Life

This week is Spring Break for schools in Oregon and we figured a fun way to kick-off the Spring Break week was to take our kids to the Rock-and-Worship Road Show in Portland (http://www.therockandworshiproadshow.com).  Which we did and the kids all agreed was [...] Keep reading…

The Rosetta Stone, Helen Keller & Kaleo

In 1799 a group of French soldiers rebuilding a fort at Rashid (Rosetta) in Egypt discovered a 3-sided stone which had markings on it dating back to 200 years before Christ.  This 3-sided stone is known as the Rosetta Stone. On one side it [...] Keep reading…