Category Archives: Relationships

Submit To One Another

Several years ago at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, Jack Lipton, a psychologist at Union College, and R. Scott Builione, a graduate student at Columbia University, presented their findings on how members of the various sections of 11 major symphony orchestras perceived each other. Continue reading


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One Relationship Rule That Will Drastically Change Your Life Forever

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“Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”

This memorable line is by former President George W. Bush as he spoke at the memorial service for the 5 slain Dallas police officers. Mr. Bush was brief in his remarks. Only 6 ½ minutes. But they were passionate. Powerful. And penetrating. His words have been tweeted. Retweeted. Posted on facebook.  And the subject of newspaper articles and TV news shows. Continue reading


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Excellent Advice From A Police Chief

David Brown

“What advice would you give young black men to overcome their fear?”

This question was posed by a reporter to Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, in a news conference Monday.

I love his answer. Continue reading


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Friendship. Fellowship. Forever.

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Norma Jean and I are on the way to a Gospel Meeting in Chillicothe, Ohio, but paused to spend some special time with dear friends, Dave and Nancy Wyckoff in Hillsboro.

The church in Hillsboro was my first “full time’ work as a 22 year old kid, fresh out of college. Brash. Naive. Inexperienced. And idealistic.

The brethren were patient with me and gave me an opportunity to learn, grow and develop some ministry skills. Wednesday night we returned to visit the brethren. Continue reading


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7 Suggestions For Building Better Relationships


While yesterday’s post on the passing of Harry Pickup Jr. didn’t quite “go viral,” it did receive the most single day views of any new post in over a year.

The post was shared several hundred times on facebook, received many comments and compliments, but most of all engendered numerous stories and observations that people shared about our beloved brother.

One of the best was posted by my friend John Shirley. “After generations of misapplication, “larger than life” is a pretty tread-bare description. But I think it applies to Harry.”

John then relates this memory. Continue reading


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Caring Enough to Lift the Fallen

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Melvin Newland tells a touching story that comes out of the Special Olympics several years ago.

Enthusiasm and excitement filled the air as these special needs children enjoyed athletic competition but also the camaraderie of being with each other. One event was the 220 yard dash. The contestants lined up, and at the signal they began running as fast as they could. Continue reading

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Are You An IDIOT?

Cell phone addictionNorma Jean and I enjoy evening walks in the park close to our house. Not only it is  good exercise, but it’s an opportunity to talk, connect and to share some quality time together.

A couple of weeks ago we were walking and decided to sit on a bench and relax a few minutes in the Memorial Butterfly Garden.  As we talked, I noticed a young couple sitting  on a bench across the garden holding hands.  How sweet!  But what struck me was their eyes. Their intensive gaze.  They seemed oblivious to everyone and everything around them.  They were focused. Continue reading


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