Author - John Johnson

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The Risks that Come with Staying Well
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Leaving Prison
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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

The Risks that Come with Staying Well

Yesterday, I caved. Hoisted the white flag.   It all started innocent enough. I decided Friday to contribute my part to the wellness industrial complex. I went in for my second shingles shot. Outside of a bit of discomfort in my left arm, I would be fine. Ride this out. The pharmacist administering the medication[…]

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Leaving Prison

There are some moments in life that level you. Force you to slow down, look in the proverbial mirror and ask some necessary questions. The first came this past week. Friday night, I and a colleague made our way to a prison, heading west, driving through the coast range. It was terribly dark, the rain[…]

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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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