Author - John Johnson

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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
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Looking For God In All Of The Wrong Places
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Meeting God in Kathmandu
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The Centering That Comes With Summer
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A Book Everyone Should Read–If One Cares About Survival
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Facing the Obvious

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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Looking For God In All Of The Wrong Places

In the stifling heat, I set out today to visit a Buddhist temple. Buddhist temples are not hard to find in Kathmandu. They dot the landscape of most high places. Religion is everywhere you look. Hinduism and Buddhism have filled the city with their idols.   Up the steps I walk, passing the vendors, the[…]

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Meeting God in Kathmandu

Part of what enables one to endure the thirty-three hours of travel time to Kathmandu—the hour wait on the tarmac before takeoff, the airport locator that can’t find your ticket, the mind-numbing experience of sitting for hours in a crowded airport, the endless security checks, sitting in the aisle seat next to people with small[…]

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The Centering That Comes With Summer

Three summer reads, up here in the Washington wilderness, have given me a better sense of where our culture is today— –The Second Mountain, David Books –How to Survive the Apocalypse, Robert Joustra –Suicide of the West, Jonah Goldberg None have been easy reads, but then, a steady diet of daily news and social media[…]

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A Book Everyone Should Read–If One Cares About Survival

I set a goal on January 1 to write a new post every Friday. Time up here on the river tends to break routine. The truth of the matter is that it is easy to get distracted by the beauty. But sometimes one simply gets stuck. Anne Lamont, in her witty Bird By Bird, likens[…]

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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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