Thursday, August 20, 2009


At the Santa Rosa Adventist church, we have seven eSSentials that are at the foundation of what we believe. They all start with the letter "S".

The first one is Scripture. Three things:
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.
It provides direction for our lives.
It reveals the character of God.

2 Timothy 2:3:16, 17
2 Peter 1:20, 21
John 17:17
Acts 17:11

Monday, August 17, 2009


I am in the process of reading David Gergen's book, "Eyewitness to Power" in which Gergen talks about the lessons he has learned from serving in the White House for four different presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton.

One of the things that jumps out at me is Gergen's comment that strength of character is the single most important factor in the success of failure of any leader...

Hmmm...can you think of anything or anyone in any industry in our country that has proven this to be true?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Some of you know that I concentrate my reading in a few different areas:

One: The Bible. I have currently finished a study of the Gospels and the outlining of every question Jesus asks.

Two: History. My goal is to read a biography of every American President. A few years ago, I decided to read them chronologically. I have really enjoyed getting a sense of history as I read consecutive biographies. I am currently reading a biography on our 7th President, Andrew Jackson titled, “American Lion, by Jon Meacham...and am also reading "Eyewitness to Power," by David Gergen.

Three: The 100 greatest books in history, the Classics, so to speak. I have three “List of the Greatest 100 books” that I use as reference (plus my own opinion). Currently, I have been working through, The Brothers Karamasov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Four: Books on spiritual growth, religion, theology, etc…This is the category I think Indelible Ink falls in.

Five: Books on leadership

What are you reading?

Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm Back

Ok, Ok...where have I been? Wow! Where do I start? This summer has been crazy. I had the opportunity to go to Egypt and Spain, I got back and had a lot going on...and I have been trying to come up with a new replenishment strategy. Am I the only one who needs one of these? I would love to hear what you do in this area.