70 is the new 100: the counter-intuitive folly of great expectations

Jim Collins observed that "good is the enemy of great," launching people, leaders and organizations on a relentless pursuit of greatness.  But has anyone taken the time to properly assess this maxim?  Greatness is, by definition, exceptional, and therefore an exception.  If we all achieved greatness, we'd need to redefine greatness because it would all… Continue reading 70 is the new 100: the counter-intuitive folly of great expectations

James K.A. Smith on Seeking God’s Face

A few months ago James K.A. Smith (you need that many initials when your last name is Smith), Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, posted on my book at his blog fors clavigera.  There's a nice symmetry in this because I'm just now reading his important book Desiring The Kingdom.  What I find so lovely is… Continue reading James K.A. Smith on Seeking God’s Face

Calvin and Hobbes meet science and faith

Instead of the usual Friday photos I'm posting a few Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strips.  On a recent stop in Portland's Powells Books, I added a few more volumes to my collection.  Calvin and Hobbes is the simply the most brilliant, witty and visually beautiful comic strip published.  Named after the theologian and philosopher, Calvin and Hobbes engages… Continue reading Calvin and Hobbes meet science and faith