Archive - 2018

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Thinking About Alexa Differently
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Do We Really Need Leaders?
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Is Anyone Following Me?
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The Life We Leave Behind
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Advice from Stephen King…and Others
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Essentialism
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Summer Defrag
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What I Learned From Four Countries in Four Weeks
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God’s Hidden Heroes
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THE OTHER HOLY LAND

Thinking About Alexa Differently

It seemed innocent enough. Last Christmas, both my daughter and son asked for the same gift, an Echo device from Amazon. They joined the growing millions who have made the same selection (over forty million and counting). Unfortunately, Nate is in Australia now, so Alexa has no one to talk to. But Kate is making[…]

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Do We Really Need Leaders?

In my upcoming book, Missing Voices (Langham), I raise the question whether or not we need leaders. Are leaders essential, irrelevant, or somewhere in-between? After listening to the campaign ads for what seems like forever (and ever), I am wondering. Do we need these people? As I note in my book, people do not seem[…]

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Is Anyone Following Me?

Sometime back, John Dickerson wrote an article in The Atlantic entitled, “The Hardest Job in the World.” He was addressing the American presidency and the impossibility of leading. How can anyone truly represent 327 million people, let alone hope to please any of them? How can one person manage an executive branch now numbering two[…]

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The Life We Leave Behind

I have been on a long journey—a writing journey. It explains my absence from blogging, and a lot of other things. I have fallen into a few narcoleptic comas along the way, but now that the manuscript has been sent off to the publisher (Missing Voices, Langham Publishing), I have come out into the light[…]

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Advice from Stephen King…and Others

The writer Hemingway once said of writing, “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” I’m not sure where that leaves me. I have been away for two months working on a book on global leadership, Missing Voices. I know there has been serious loss of blood. Not[…]

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Essentialism

Writing a leadership book this summer has cut into my blogging. My creativity is pretty well spent by the time I finish my day. Rereading McKeown’s Essentialism today, I did find a quote well worth sharing. He writes to encourage us to be about the main thing–which is the main thing we should be about.[…]

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Summer Defrag

It’s a sign of my spiritual sickness that I rarely take a full Sabbath until I come to the Pend Oreille River. It is a sign of my spiritual health that, when I get away, I take it. How important is this? More important than I realize. In an essential summer read, A.J. Swoboda’s Subversive[…]

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What I Learned From Four Countries in Four Weeks

I knew it would be an ambitious undertaking, but I and eleven others decided to discover what God is doing in the Middle East. It wasn’t a tour. This isn’t some travelogue. Sure we wanted to see some things—the Pyramids, Galilee at sunrise, the Jordanian desert, and the fortress at Byblos. We wanted to experience[…]

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God’s Hidden Heroes

In this part of the world, there are pockets of beauty—beaches on the aqua blue Mediterranean, mountain overlooks that refresh the soul, and green groves of banana plants. The hospitality and food choices are to die for. But there is the darker side to–the Syrian refugee tents and Palestinian camps. Here is a region where[…]

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THE OTHER HOLY LAND

Daria wakes up every morning to a predictable routine. She is wheeled in to a room with some forty others, who are also in wheelchairs. She will sit around a table with four or five others, while time creeps along. There is little conversation. Most have vacant stares. One of the more eventful moments of[…]

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