Author - John Johnson

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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
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A Journey To Consider
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Leaders Who Become Weird
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Facing this Difficult World Together
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Finding Greatness in Leadership

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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A Journey To Consider

If you have never walked in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul,  I want to invite you to consider joining us for an amazing journey next year, May 2-23. Ken and I have been taking people to Turkey since 1997, and each year God gives us incredible insights into the land and culture and biblical[…]

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Leaders Who Become Weird

Travel book writer Rick Steves notes, “You learn a lot about your country by leaving it and looking at it at a distance.” He’s right. You can’t help but see how incredibly rich we are. How ethnocentric we can be. How vain we must seem. We sometimes believe the world revolves around us—until we go[…]

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Facing this Difficult World Together

Before beginning class this morning, I asked these Nepalese students—most of whom are pastors—to tell me some of the daily challenges they face. In a Communist country where Hindus and Buddhists make up most of the population (and followers of Jesus make up approximately one percent), it can’t be easy. Here were some of their[…]

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Finding Greatness in Leadership

More than once I have heard Bill Hybels say, “The hope of the world is the church.” If this is true, then the hope of the church has to be its future leaders. And any hope of future leadership depends upon those who will train them. This is what I have traveled to Kathmandu to[…]

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