Category Archives: Communications

Autopsy Abuse Gets Personal

When race car driver Kevin Ward Jr. was run over and killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart on a track in upstate NY Saturday, we saw self-destructive machismo at its worst.  Many think Steward didn’t try very hard to stay clear … Continue reading

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Shame on you, Ann Coulter

I frequently agree with Ann Coulter’s political commentary, although more often than not I’m put off by her acerbic, often cruel, manner.  I don’t appreciate cruelty and personal attacks from the right any more than I do from the left. However, I’m … Continue reading

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“Your young men shall see visions”: The importance of organizational vision

If you are an organizational leader, do you have a vision? Is your organization focused on a clear and broadly understood vision of your corporate purpose and future? “If there is no vision,” a 1599 version of Proverbs 29:18 reads, … Continue reading

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7 Reasons NonProfits Flounder or Fail

By Jim Jewell A group of my friends led a wonderful start-up that was trying to bring new perspectives to a worthy cause, to reach faith-based constituencies who were not traditional supporters of environmental concerns.  They had the plan worked … Continue reading

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7 Disciplines of Highly Successful Charities

How to build the trust that fuels program growth By Jim Jewell In the last year, some two thirds of Americans responded to appeals from charities for support of projects to meet human needs, create new initiatives, advance faith, and … Continue reading

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Vision Problems: 6 causes of World Vision’s PR debacle

World Vision, the giant international Christian relief and development organization, made two announcements last week. I was shocked and disappointed by both. The nature of my alarm was somewhat different than what I’m reading among my friends who share my … Continue reading

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“Your young men shall see visions”: the importance of nonprofit vision

“If there is no vision,” a 1599 version of Proverbs 29:18 reads, “the people decay.” Without a vision, missions can stagnate or waste away. A vision is an answer to the question: “What can and should we accomplish?” My post … Continue reading

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7 reasons nonprofit organizations falter and fail

Why do some charities thrive and others struggle and fail.  I’ve been heavily involved in organizations that have done both, and I have some ideas about why even the best intentioned leaders often see their nonprofits decline into virtual irrelevance.  In a … Continue reading

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A Colson Memory on a Sad Day for the Christian World

The passing of the man I consider the most influential evangelical of our generation, Chuck Colson, brought to mind a flood of memories from my days as his chief of staff and in other positions at Prison Fellowship Ministries from … Continue reading

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TV anchors playing theologians on television

Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC just had a segment on what appears to be a long-running fued with Fox’s retiring Glenn Beck. It was a silly segment about him criticizing Beck for crying on the air, and Beck mocking O’Donnell for … Continue reading

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