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Author Guy Sayles

Guy Sayles is a consultant with the Center for Healthy Churches (CHC), an assistant professor of religion at Mars Hill University, an adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb Divinity School and a board member of the Baptist Center for Ethics.

We all know the overworked cliché that defines insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” As worn and familiar as it is, we keep proving its essential wisdom. It happens in the groups of which we’re a part. With urgency and optimism, for example, we have a visioning […] Read More

Many of us have a troubled relationship with time. Carl Honore wrote an interesting book, “In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed,” the idea for which came to him as he rushed through an airport and saw a book titled “The One-Minute Bedtime Story.” His first thought was […] Read More

Near the end of my morning walk, I walked past two men who were ambling in the opposite direction and having a lively conversation with each other. The street was busy and noisy, but I heard one phrase, “Yeah, he was so unusually kind to me that it made me feel kind of weird.” I […] Read More

There’s more than a year to go before the presidential election, and, already, I am weary with the campaign. When I can manage simply to view the candidates as performers, some talented and others not so much, and hear their speeches as scripts in an over-the-top television series, the political news is entertaining. Even without […] Read More

In her work on the surprising power of vulnerability, Brene Brown identified shame as a primary source of our resistance to the risk of wholehearted openness, the kind of emotional and spiritual openness, which can bring us deeper joy and energize greater effectiveness. Often, shame grows from wounds to our sense of self that others […] Read More

A group of preschoolers arrived as my friend, Bob, and I were sitting on the bleachers just outside the racquetball court and trying to catch our breath between games. Race-running, soccer-ball-kicking, tricycle-riding and twirling-dancing preschool children spread out across the basketball court, set the air abuzz with an energy I envy and filled the gym […] Read More

Even fans of other Atlantic Coast Conference basketball teams reluctantly admit that the late Dean Smith was a great basketball coach. Smith co-wrote, with management expert Gerald Bell, “The Carolina Way,” a few years go. “The Carolina Way” was his coaching philosophy, and it was also his life philosophy. Smith distinguished between a system and […] Read More

I grew up in metropolitan Atlanta in the 1960s and 1970s, which was, of course, the hometown of Martin Luther King Jr. When I was in elementary school, news about his work, about the hopes it inspired, and about the controversies it generated was “local news.” I often heard snippets of his sermons and speeches […] Read More

The late journalist David Carr experienced a fits-and-starts, zig-zagging journey from more than a decade of drug addiction, broken relationships and personal shame to sobriety, a stable and loving family life, a successful career and a feeling of contented happiness. In his raw, painful but finally redemptive memoir, “The Night of the Gun,” Carr is […] Read More

I struggled to reclaim faith early in my college years. At least that’s what the struggle seemed to be about as I was living through it. Looking back, it seems more likely that I was actually struggling for a way to let myself be reclaimed by a loving God. Whatever the precise nature of the […] Read More