Archive - 2019

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A Way Out of Our Incivility
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An Opportunity to Retrace the Steps of the Apostle Paul
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Compelling Reads in 2019
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Some Wisdom for Leaderless Times
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Coming to Grips with Restlessness
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Avoiding Compartmentalization
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Are You Running with the Horses?
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When Words Feel Empty
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Receiving that Dreaded Email
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Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield

A Way Out of Our Incivility

This is a longer post, but bear with me to the end. Thursday I saw my eye doctor. Ever since a previous surgery, my eyesight continues to diminish line by line. Things once clear have become more a blur. As concerning as this is, there is a deeper blindness, one afflicting our culture. We are[…]

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An Opportunity to Retrace the Steps of the Apostle Paul

              There is still time to sign up up for our study tour to Turkey in May of 2020. It will be our most expansive tour yet, beginning in Antioch and ending in ancient Constantinople. We will travel by air, land, and sea, exploring everything from theatres to castles[…]

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Compelling Reads in 2019

My Kindle tells me I have read 70 weeks in a row. Impressive. Days in a row—2. Not so impressive. But I have read some remarkable books in 2019. And, hopefully, they have shaped my life. As I noted in a similar post last December, the best books make demands on you. They draw you[…]

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Some Wisdom for Leaderless Times

Yesterday, I connected with a publisher to go over a book proposal. It was pleasant enough, sitting at an outdoor table next to Starbucks facing a morning San Diego sun. But there is an urgency to what I am feeling and what I shared. It is another book on leadership, though the emphasis here is[…]

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Coming to Grips with Restlessness

Like an itch that keeps coming back, I have lived with a certain restlessness most of my life. Is it the nature of people, or is it me? I read verses like Proverbs 27:8 (“Like a bird wandering from its nest, so a man wandering from his place”) and find common ground. It’s not as[…]

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Avoiding Compartmentalization

In the quiet of the morning, my hope (like yours perhaps) is to hear a word from God. God always has the first word. Must have the first word. Prayer is simply answering speech–though we often get it backward, insisting we have the first word of the day. Scripture’s task, as Eugene Peterson writes, is[…]

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Are You Running with the Horses?

Challenges can paralyze us. Years ago, living in Holland, I attended my son’s first cross country race. Like other anxious parents, I waited for my son to finish. Hopefully, he would be in the thick of the pack. He would end the race well. He didn’t. After all the runners were in, I ended up[…]

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When Words Feel Empty

Late yesterday I was crammed (shoved) into a budget airliner headed from Amsterdam to Beirut. My travel agent had not warned me in advance. Four and one-half hours squeezed between two Dutch travelers on a no-frills flight (even water was for purchase). Thankfully the flight came with free seat belts. An hour out the pilot[…]

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Receiving that Dreaded Email

Like most of you, I find rejection both painful and disorienting. Acceptance is life-giving. You’re ready to call your friends and throw a party. Rejection, on the other hand, can suck the life out of you. It’s easy to turn in and turn away. This, I am learning, is part of the process of getting[…]

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Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield

In his recent book, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis shares a number of lessons he has learned about leadership. Most come from his years fighting terrorism in the Middle East. All are habits ingrained in him over his decades of leading others. These are not exhaustive, but there are[…]

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