Archive - 2019

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Facing the Obvious
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The Fleeting Glory of a Summer Sleep
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The Mystery of Parental Love
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Leadership When the Maps Are Wrong
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Have You Noticed What We Have Overlooked?
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NEW TESTAMENT STUDY TOUR 2020
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The Latest on Missing Voices
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A Sermon Checklist for Pastors and Congregants
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A Wakeup Call for the Church
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For God’s Sake–Lead!

Facing the Obvious

Sometimes I finish reading something that makes me jump out of my socks. But not today. I am still processing Arthur Brooks’ article in the latest Atlantic, “Your Professional Decline is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think.” It’s a candid look at degeneration. Why do I read this stuff? Who likes to read about the[…]

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The Fleeting Glory of a Summer Sleep

Writer Michael McGirr speaks of summer as the silent season, where an extravagant slumber on a hot afternoon offers the luxurious expanse of wasted time. Yesterday afternoon, amidst a stunning sky of blue, the occasional wandering clouds, and a southern breeze that conducted the chimes to make their music—I slept. Up here in the wilderness,[…]

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The Mystery of Parental Love

This morning my son dropped me off at the station to catch a train to the airport. He is home for two weeks, having spent his first year on a YWAM base in Australia. “Love you, Nate.” “Love you, dad.” There’s no better send off.  Such moments are a reminder that there’s something special about[…]

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Leadership When the Maps Are Wrong

There are few challenges like taking an existing institution and bringing needed change. A transformative leader often faces strong headwinds. Plans get sabotaged. I learned this early on in my first church. In my youthful idealism, fresh out of my doctoral program at Dallas, I was ready to change the world. I soon discovered it[…]

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Have You Noticed What We Have Overlooked?

Like most of you, I awake to a set of headlines designed to – -raise our anger-“Democrats, Do Your Damn Duty and Impeach Trump” or “Shame on Robert Mueller” -raise our fears-“Stuck Weather Pattern Fuels Month of Mayhem” or “Clouds Hang Over World Economy” -raise my frustration-“Paddack, Bats Have Trouble in the Bronx” (Come on,[…]

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The Latest on Missing Voices

Check out the latest article in the @missioalliance Culture, Global Church Writing Collective, “Global Leadership, Cultural Intelligence, and the Voices We So Greatly Need,” https://www.missioalliance.org/global-leadership-cultural-intelligence-and-the-voices-we-so-greatly-need/

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A Sermon Checklist for Pastors and Congregants

Here is an article I wrote this Spring that SermonSearch recently published. It brings together practices pastors devoted to preaching should consider–and parishioners should expect–   A Checklist For Setting Sermons to Flight by John E. Johnson In a chapter entitled, “The Checklist,” Atul Gawande recounts the 1935 test flight of the “flying fortress.” The[…]

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A Wakeup Call for the Church

Two days ago, I was in the airport terminal of Izmir, Turkey, reflecting with a friend. I have known Sandy since 1969. Our friendship goes back to ministry days in San Diego, but we have hardly seen each other since 1972. I left for seminary training in Portland. Sandy went on to become a Marriage,[…]

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For God’s Sake–Lead!

Watching the current news, I find myself practically screaming, “For God’s sake, someone please lead! Would you focus on governing rather than posturing?” Maybe it is my imagination, but I think I hear these same shrieks coming from my neighbors. I certainly hear them in the locker room, no matter one’s political persuasion. So much[…]

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