How to Spot a Con

by Joe Fontenot, June 1, 2017 in Foundations of Leadership, Success Habits

I don’t know if it’s true, but the number one reason I hear from people who are not interested in church is that it’s full of hypocrites. And, I agree. It is full of hypocrites. That’s the whole idea behind becoming more like Jesus. It’s a fight and a struggle, and all the failure in between […]

5 Lessons I Learned About Ministry from the Rolling Stones

I’m not a Rolling Stones fan because of their music (or their sweet spirits). I only became a fan, if you could call it that, after I read Rich Cohen’s wonderful (and sometimes irreverent) book, The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones. What struck me was how human and mortal and, often, mediocre, the Rollings Stones were (and still are). These […]

How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Take a Stand?

Some things are too important to mess up. But ironically, it’s for this reason we often make a mess of things. I am learning again, from my children, a way forward.

Tweaking it to Oblivion

Life isn’t about perfection, it’s about not quitting. It’s about moving forward in spite of imperfections. And that’s a whole lot harder to do than say.

It’s All My Fault

by Joe Fontenot in Success Habits

Why this makes you more responsible, and, in the process, forces you into the life Jesus intended.

Am I breaking the law right now?

by Joe Fontenot in Success Habits

In Jesus’ day there were lots who loved the law. They loved it like a gun. Jesus’ message was a bit different. In some ways, he taught the opposite.

Which makes a person happier: following their passion or following their pain?

by Joe Fontenot in Success Habits

What I mean is: Which path is the most fulfilling? Ultimately, I believe a person is happiest when they’re doing the thing they were created to do. That’s your passion. And there’s loads of motivational advice out there saying follow your passion. I agree, you should. But what if you don’t know what your passion is?  What […]

Yesterday I drew a line in my Toddler’s sandbox, and he crossed it.

by Joe Fontenot in Parenting, Success Habits

When it comes to the careful art of negotiation, I’m learning–painfully–from my toddler. Last night, Graham asked for crackers before bed. I said, “okay, just one.” He said, “two,” reinforced by his concentrated effort to show me two fingers (which is a two-handed job). Okay, I applaud your effort.  “JUST two–no more.” He nods his head.  Good.  I fish […]

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