Archive - 2018

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Here’s to Standing Tall
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Here’s To Substantive Sermons
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The First Rule of the First Rule of Life
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Will There be A Seminary Tomorrow?
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Our Faceless Age
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BECOMING AN IRRELEVANT LEADER
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FIGHTING FAITH WITH FAITH

Here’s to Standing Tall

In Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, his first rule is: “Stand Up Straight with Your Shoulders Back.” If you are facing resentment, stand up! Feeding on it, he warns, will turn resentment into monsters. And by the way, you don’t have to be a loser. If you present yourself as someone defeated, people will[…]

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Here’s To Substantive Sermons

Monday mornings I sometimes compare notes with others who have survived the terrors of a Sunday pulpit to live another day. I ask how they are faring. A secondary question is whether or not our congregants survived. Did they hear a word from God? Did the Spirit show up? Were they rocked out of their[…]

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The First Rule of the First Rule of Life

Someone once warned, “Be careful what you read. This is what you will write.” Since I am writing a lot, I am giving more careful attention to what is entering my cranium. A current read is Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. I’m not alone. It is a current bestseller. It is a demanding, thought-provoking, upsetting,[…]

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Will There be A Seminary Tomorrow?

It’s not an easy time to be a professor in theological education. I stare out my third story window on a campus that used to be abuzz with students– every day. Now it is a place of tranquility, a park interrupted only by the occasional bark of a dog or sound of a bird. Most[…]

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Our Faceless Age

Maybe you have heard of Jordan Peterson. I was not aware of this Canadian psychologist until I read Peggy Noonan’s recent column, “Who’s Afraid of Jordan Peterson?” So now I am reading his 12 Rules for Life (near the top of bestseller lists), and his insights are riveting. I am reading slowly—my mind needs to.[…]

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BECOMING AN IRRELEVANT LEADER

It’s the Sabbath, an opportunity to come up for air. Perhaps you are finding the same need. You have been deep in a project that has begun to consume your life. I’ve been steep into writing a book on global leadership these past months. The way has been somewhat uncharted, and I am feeling my[…]

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FIGHTING FAITH WITH FAITH

When I pastored in The Netherlands, one of my first objectives was to gather the church’s formal leadership and wrestle with the future direction of the church. Many of the congregants were corporate and governmental leaders, so I invited one of them to come and advise us. At the time, this man was with Fluor[…]

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