Walt Disney’s Obsession With Excellence: Plussing

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Walt Disney was a man who was committed to excellence and to giving his customers more than they expect. Walt had a word for his single-minded obsession with quality. He called it “plussing.”

Walt Disney coined the term plussing as a way of making an idea even better. I’ve read that one of Walt Disney’s greatest talents was his ability to get people to do better work than they imagined they were capable of. By telling his workers to plus it, even when they think they nailed it, gave Disney that extra edge when it came to quality animation back in the day. Read more

Is Discrimination Against Christians a Serious Problem in U.S.?

Nearly 50 percent of Americans believe discrimination against Christians in the U.S. has become as big of a problem as discrimination against other ethnic and religious groups, according to a new survey published by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Fourty-nine percent of the Americans surveyed believe that discrimination against Christians is becoming as big of a problem as discrimination against other groups, while 47 percent disagree. Read more

Summer Camp for At-Risk Youth: In Their Words

“This is the funnest thing on earth.” Breakaway’s summer camp for prisoners’ kids, at-risk youth, and underprivileged children.

This has been our ninth year of providing summer camps for prisoners’ kids, at-risk youth, and underprivileged children. Some of the stories we’ve heard at camp this year have been heart-rending…

A 14-yr old girl shared how she was the one to find the body of her grandmother’s boyfriend just after he put a pistol in his mouth and pulled the trigger. She confessed to being suicidal herself and shared how just two weeks before camp, she wanted to take her own life but the thought of going to summer camp gave her a glimmer of hope. Read more

Living The Missional Adventure

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17 (NIV)

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21 (ESV)

Too often the word “mission” is thought of more in terms of a project we volunteer for, a trip we go on once a year, or an outreach event we are a part of at the local homeless shelter or juvenile detention center. While the word “mission” does mean to be sent, the truth is, when Jesus invited us into his mission, he was inviting us into the adventure of a lifetime; not into some sporadic events we choose to volunteer for here and there.

Finding our identity in Christ means that we also find our identity in his mission. As the Father sent him, Jesus as sent us. It’s not something we turn on or off like a program or event. It becomes our lifestyle—an adventure of living each day and every moment with Jesus as he breathes redemptive hope into the broken world we live in.

Every breath has a missional rhythm with Jesus. Read more