Dec 9, 2012


In 1905, when my grandmother opened her mercantile store in Kerrville, Texas, she had no visions of a large grocery chain. Her husband was disabled, and her sights were firmly fixed on family survival. The first day on the property, while sweeping out the store, she found a New Testament...Read more +
Dec 2, 2012

God's Greatest Gift

In C. S. Lewis' beloved story The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe , the land of Narnia is under an evil curse. It is always winter, but never Christmas. Only Aslan, the great lion who created Narnia, can break the spell. When Aslan finally comes to Narnia, so does...Read more +
Nov 25, 2012

Your Best Foot

Henry solved the world’s problems every day before lunch. Later he’d tackle the hard stuff. And he was sharp. Just ask him. No, wait: don’t ask him. Either way, he’d tell you. Sharp as he was, Harry obviously wore thin. But he had some honest co-workers who valued him. “Henry,...Read more +
Nov 19, 2012


Last night at our house we had a fierce electrical rainstorm. Thunderclaps woke us up. Jagged bolts of lightning exploded and flashed. The driving rain pelted the roof and windows. Then everything went black. Our night lights had gone off. We had lost our power. Just before daylight, the electricity...Read more +
Nov 19, 2012

Writing the Gospel in Pepperoni

Our friend Tony is a Christian who makes pizza. No, he doesn't spell out Jesus with the pepperoni. He says, "We can try too hard to show we're Christians. As if putting Jesus on our business cards is an endorsement from God." So how does Tony take God to work?...Read more +
Nov 18, 2012

To Tell the Truth

Janice took a risk and told her boss the truth: his “big idea” for increased sales was a dud. It actually distracted the field staff from what did work. And numbers were down. So when Janice spoke up, her boss grew angry…at everyone else. “I’ve never come down on any...Read more +
Nov 11, 2012

The Right Dose

These days it’s called “blood thinner”—a prescription medicine used widely to save or prolong life. A few decades ago, the same compound went by “rat poison.” That’s right: the prescription used today by millions, can also (in higher doses) shrink the rodent population. So one man’s miracle drug is another...Read more +
Nov 4, 2012

Up and Down

No one would call legendary Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry a vain man. Yet he was one of the most successful coaches in any sport. His teams won two Super Bowls and played in three more. And Coach Landry met success with humility. His faith had much to do with...Read more +
Oct 28, 2012

Imagined Fear, Real Problems

The team had met twice now, and John believed he’d been left out of the loop both times. In the break room, when he approached certain people, conversation appeared to stop. Rejection haunted John, and at last he told his boss. She promised to look into it. She soon told...Read more +
Oct 19, 2012

Right Idea, Wrong Time?

Joseph and Noah McVicker invented a substance to clean wallpaper. It was soft, pliable, durable. Trouble was, no one wanted it. And the McVickers set their invention aside. Ten years later, the brothers heard an elementary school teacher describe how her students, with their little hands, struggled in their art...Read more +