April 29, 2019

Who am I?

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I’m stuck, and I doubt I’m the only one. I’ve been reading Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead with my leadership team over the last several months. It’s full of great information and techniques for leaders, and everyone else who wants to live well. One part has me stuck, and
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April 16, 2019

Surfing Jesus

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Palm Sunday is the day in the Christian calendar when the Church celebrates Jesus’ arrival into Jerusalem. In Churches all around the world children and adults wave palm branches, shout “Hosanna” (even though they probably have no clue what it means), and celebrate Jesus arriving in Jerusalem. Some churches have
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April 10, 2019

Do Hard Things

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I’m reading Bren Brown’s book Dare to Lead these days. One part of the book challenges us to examine our values. She refers to Jim Collins’ work saying that if you have more than two values, then you don’t have any. It’s been a challenge for me to narrow down to
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March 7, 2019

Sight Beyond Sight

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As a child of the 80s I grew up watching the TV show Thundercats. In that show there was a special sword called the Sword of Omens and it gave its wielder (Lion-O) many wonderful powers. One of these powers was the “sight beyond sight” which enabled Lion-O to see
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February 28, 2019

Family is Hard

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You don’t get to pick your relatives. It’s a fact of life. This means that some will be more like us than different, and vice versa. This is why the holidays can be so stressful for us. We’ve all got that uncle who doesn’t have a filter, that aunt who
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February 18, 2019

Resident Theologian

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Recently I had a conversation with a man who spent several years after college being the “Artist in Residence” in a few different places. He showed me some of his art and explained some of the meaning he was trying to convey to the community through it. He also shared
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February 1, 2019

A Question Worth Discussing

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I’ve been reading Peter Block’s book Community: The Structure of Belonging for what feels like an eternity but has, in reality, only been a couple of months. It’s a great book that I have to read slowly because it is tremendously convicting for me and also instructional for how the
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January 9, 2019

New Year, New Commitment

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Just a few days ago the numbers changed on the calendar again. 2018 has gone, and 2019 has come. Many people in America take this time to set new goals, make new promises to ourselves, resolve to change, and generally try to envision themselves anew with the change of these
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September 19, 2018

How we Disagree Matters

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Recently I shared an article on my personal Facebook page that touched a few political heartstrings. Some it made harmony with, others experienced a bit of discord with the contents of the article. Those who experienced discord with the article commented and pushed back a bit. I responded to them,
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August 7, 2018

Perspective Matters

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When I was beginning in ministry I made a collage with words and pictures that connected with the guided meditation I was participating in. One of the words I included in that collage was “perspective”. I don’t know why I included it then, but I’m glad I did. It continues
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