Archive - 2017

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GETTING LOST IN OUR TRUE NORTH
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A JOURNEY TO THE OTHER SIDE OF PAIN
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THE FORCE OF CALLING
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MORE OF THOSE DIVINE ENCOUNTERS
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REFLECTING ON THE KERFUFFLE SURROUNDING EUGENE PETERSON
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On the Asperger Journey
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ADDICTED TO OUR BIAS
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THE DEATH OF EXPERTISE
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IF ONLY I COULD BE AN ASTRONAUT
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THE SERMON SO HARD TO PREACH

GETTING LOST IN OUR TRUE NORTH

Writing  a book on global leadership, I have been especially attune in these days to books on the subject. Of course, there are no end to books on leadership. In an age so lacking of sound leaders, it is ironic that books on the theme are published practically every day—Start with the Why, Rise, The[…]

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A JOURNEY TO THE OTHER SIDE OF PAIN

I have often viewed myself as one having a high tolerance to pain.  I have prided myself on enduring discomfort rather than giving in to drugs like Tylenol or Aleve. Like one taking a Nazarite Vow, I have attempted to keep my body pure of all drugs. When I tore my Achilles tendon on a[…]

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THE FORCE OF CALLING

Escaping to the wilderness to work on a global leadership project is cutting in to the time I need to devote to posts, but along the way I hope to share some of the insights. This one comes this morning from “The Leader in Midlife” (Richard Leider): “The essential leadership question today is, What is calling[…]

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MORE OF THOSE DIVINE ENCOUNTERS

I don’t really remember growing up with many books in the house. Mom and dad were hard workers, who found little time for serious reading. TV and games took up much of the down time. Besides, it was San Diego, where you were always outside. But by the time I finished doctoral work, I was[…]

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REFLECTING ON THE KERFUFFLE SURROUNDING EUGENE PETERSON

It began a few days ago with an email from one of our professors, alerting some of us of Eugene Peterson’s recent interview with Jonathan Merritt. In it, Peterson was asked about his views regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage. When Peterson responded that he would have no problem performing a same-sex wedding, it sent shock[…]

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On the Asperger Journey

This morning I checked in on my son. His blog tells me he has just arrived in the Bahamas, and no, it is not what you think. Since January, Nate has been in the Caribbean, going to ports and places tourists rarely see. He and the crew he serves with are bringing hope to some[…]

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ADDICTED TO OUR BIAS

I recently ended my subscription to a major newspaper. Asked by a representative why I was ending the service, I told him that the journalists in this paper used to be news reporters—but they have morphed into ideological warriors. They have lost a sense of their vocation. It’s hard to discern real news from fake[…]

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THE DEATH OF EXPERTISE

Conversations at the end of sermons can go lots of directions. I have forgotten most, but a few stand out. I remember one that took place some thirty years ago. I was just into my first Senior Pastorate, having worked my way through the ranks of Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor. I was still in the[…]

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IF ONLY I COULD BE AN ASTRONAUT

If you’re due for a page turner, you should pick up Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon. Jeffrey Kluger, a Senior Writer for Time, recounts the moment in 1968 when three astronauts did what others had never done—leave the earth’s orbit and head for the moon. It’s a story[…]

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THE SERMON SO HARD TO PREACH

Speaking to a church community on Mother’s Day can feel a bit like walking through a field full of landmines. You step carefully, for you never know what is underneath. Families gather in the sanctuary, some together and others sitting apart. Far apart. What do you say? Traditionalists tend to expect a sermon focused on[…]

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