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We are going to see a contrast in leadership styles as Obama leaves office and Trump steps up. This got me thinking about how leadership looks in our families, in our community, and in our nation. Having interviewed countless leaders in our region, I am convinced that good leaders have certain qualities that set them apart from poor leaders. A glance at God’s nature informs us that good leaders initiate. more
We have all been watching with fascination the changing of the guard in the White House. This transition of people and philosophies begs the question, what does real leadership look like? more
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and good food. The next time you hear from me we will have begun the 85th Legislative Session, which is set to last 140 days during odd-numbered years. During this time, the Texas Legislature must pass a two-year budget as well as to address existing laws and consider new legislation. It has been an honor to serve as your state Senator since 2007, and I look forward to this next year and working together to make a difference for our state. more
I can’t be the only word nerd out there. For instance, did you know the basic word for fel-lowship in the New Testament, koinonia, gets translated as companion, communion, partner, par-taker, distribute, commune, and last but not least, communicate? Okay, before you yawn, let me give you some ideas about why this matters to us all. more
I don’t know what to get Lucy for Christmas. She’s just a dog, right? Lucy is our Border Colley, the faithful companion we got our son when his big sisters went off to college. William was … more
I never knew how important listening was until I finally gave up talking. I am a firm believer that all perspectives are valuable, even the ones I disagree with, but there came a moment in our marriage where my perspective just wasn’t worth defending anymore. It seemed every conversation turned into an argument. Our marital GPS was way out of whack and I didn’t have the skills to reroute our journey. more
Christmas has been a favorite holiday of mine since I was a young boy. Of course, I was lucky to grow up in a toy factory where my father, Talley Nichols, manufactured toy cap guns. As you gather with friends and family during this Christmas season, I wish you a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
Men, you are excused from eavesdropping on this column today, if you like. You are also welcome to keep reading if your curiosity gets the better of you. When a women says her husband is not the spiritual leader of the family, only 6 things can be true. more
For my Thanksgiving column, I usually run a list of my favorite charities. This year I am breaking with tradition and focusing on one only: the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas, a ministry which keeps Bullard Elementary humming every afternoon after school. more
I interview leaders constantly. Successful people have common traits and habits. What are the secrets to gaining success at work and in the community without having your private life unravel? more
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