Micah 6:8 Church

by Eddie Pipkin Last week I wrote about using the iconic biblical passage from Micah 6:8 as a guide for best management practices for leaders.  This week we’ll expand on that idea by using the same Spirit-inspired directive to think about the influential community impact a local church can have if it pursues those inspiring [...]

Micah 6:8 Management

by Eddie Pipkin Having written last week about the never-ending variety of leadership styles and management theories, I want to share a specific one this week.  I was leading a discussion with my Tuesday morning Bible Study group, when we came across the iconic scripture from Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O mortal, what [...]

Go Your Own Way

by Eddie Pipkin If you want to manage better, lead better, coach better, there are no shortage of programs, gurus, “next big things,” or magic formulas for success.  Take your pick of best sellers, TED Talks, management assessment tests, skills rubrics . . . leadership blogs (!).  They all have something to offer.  And there [...]

Put a Rock In It

By Eddie Pipkin Recently I was gifted a revelation about a home maintenance problem that had hounded me for months.  This minor glitch had been a headache small enough that I kept not putting in the effort to fix it, but regular enough to irritate me three or four times a week.  It was one [...]

Grammy Gold

by Eddie Pipkin Last week I wrote about the Oscars, so this week it’s only fair that I give a shout-out to the recently-aired Grammys.  For my wife and me, the Grammy Awards is our favorite televised awards celebration of the year.  Known as “music’s biggest night,” it’s the annual celebration of popular music hosted [...]

Slap Protocol

By Eddie Pipkin Unless you have been in a cave on your yearly no-technology retreat to Borneo, you know that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the live Oscars telecast a couple of weeks ago.  I happened to be watching it in real-time when it happened, and, like many, I first thought there was a [...]

Unexpected Aesthetics

By Eddie Pipkin If you aren’t familiar with the award-winning prints of the artist, Clyde Butcher, you’re missing out.  He is famous for his expansive black-and-white landscape photography (think Ansel Adams but specializing in Florida scenes).  No one brings the sprawling, mysterious topography of the Everglades, Big Cypress Swamp, and the state’s wide sandy beaches [...]

Grow and Bulb: Guest EMC3 Blog

Guest Blog by Rev. Dr. Candace Adams One of my favorite gifts to receive is a flowering plant. This year for Christmas, I received an amaryllis bulb. Typically, the bulb produces a green stalk and a large white flower. When I opened the container, I discovered that the bulb had already sprouted. In order for [...]

The Serenity Foci

By Eddie Pipkin Following up on my blog theme from last week, it clicked for me how the call to keep our focus on the right thing at the right time is perhaps most clearly summed up by the Serenity Prayer.  The infamous call to accept what we can’t change, change what we can, and [...]

Dangerous Distractions

By Eddie Pipkin I was at a local botanical garden last weekend with my wife.  It was a gorgeous day, and I was obsessed in the moment with my attempt to capture a perfect photo.  I was looking at my phone, adjusting settings, snapping shots, editing the results.  Meanwhile, she noticed some interesting looking chairs [...]

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