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Learning How to Lead in New Ways

Q. What are the most significant challenges that Executive Leaders of church systems are currently facing? There are a multitude of things that the Executive Leaders of church denominations are dealing with, many of which are new to the American church. I would summarize the biggest issues in three ways. Pew Research titles one of […]

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Friendship, Servanthood and Love

Sometimes when I think of obedience, I’m reminded of those schools for training dogs. Their obedience is won with treats and repetition. Who hasn’t at sometime been told not to ask questions, but just do it? Maybe in the military such unquestioned obedience is a virtue, but in all other relationships, it leaves a person […]

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The Brotherhood of the Towel

Famed conductor and music instructor Ben Zander starts his school year by announcing to the class that your grade for the year is an A.  The one condition is that they write a letter now, dated May at the end of the class year.  The letter must begin, Dear Mr. Zander,  I got my A […]

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Risk Valuing Others

“There can be no peacemaking or social work or anything else to improve our world unless we are convinced that the other is important.”  Jean Vanier. One person who sees the value in another can alter that person’s life.  I would like to be that person to someone just as I have needed someone like […]

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Melting into God

The Great Slave Lake can be powerful and majestic when its mighty swells are driven by the winds, or it can be bleak and frozen and still like the winter ice.  It is a marvel to me that a lake as vast as an ocean can become frozen over each winter.  Yet, it is even […]

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