Category Archives: Leadership

Who is Well Represented in your Church?

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What are the odds that two bikers traveling east on a bike path will pass two bikers heading west at the exact moment that they both intersect with two walkers? Because I can find a spiritual application in just about anything, that and several similar scenarios during … Continue reading

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Mixed Leadership Metaphors

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Does a school of fish have a leader?  Not really.  How do its members collectively determine the timing and destinations of their movements?  According to Wikipedia, “A recent investigation showed that small groups of fish used consensus decision-making…The fish did this by … Continue reading

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Higher Education: Learning as Preparation for Living

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Pomp and Circumstance must reverberate through the atmosphere at this time of year.  Graduates of higher education have received their expensive diplomas declaring them ready for real life and productive work.  An education is preparation for life and for work. The Church is also engaged in … Continue reading

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Applying God’s Ancient Promises Today

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God promised Abraham a nation and the Promised Land.  He delivered. God assured Moses that Pharaoh would let his people go.  So it happened. The prophet Samuel, at God’s command, anointed a shepherd boy king of Israel.  David became Israel’s greatest king and … Continue reading

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Do you have time for Dr. King?

Originally posted on Connecting Dots…to God:
An excellent use of one hour over this holiday weekend would be to read the full text of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail.  Dr. King wrote the letter in…

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Go in the Strength that You Have

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If you have ever thought, The problems of the world are enormous, and I’m just one rather weak-kneed person, keep reading. If you do not have the physical strength of NFL linebackers, the political muscle of legislators, the influence of … Continue reading

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Playground Arguments and Cultural Conversations (Part 2): Influential Voices

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In my last post I introduced the metaphor of playground arguments as representative of cultural conversations over moral and ethical boundaries in our pluralistic American society.  People holding diverse value systems do not always agree over playground rules and boundaries. One group insists, Fair!  Another cries, Foul!  I posed the … Continue reading

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Health Care: Right, Left, or a Higher Way?

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At the risk of inflaming political passions, I can’t resist making some observations about the health care legislation upon which the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. Chief Justice John Roberts, in what was either a masterful demonstration of principle and leadership or a last-minute vote change, … Continue reading

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What is the Best You can do for the Kingdom?

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Have you ever asked yourself that question?  It is a challenging question, and I thank our pastor for asking it in a recent sermon.   While I would call myself a Kingdom-minded Christian, I do not recall ever directly applying this question … Continue reading

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Following a Leader or Following the Crowd?

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Two recent news stories illustrate that there is a difference between following a worthy leader and following a crowd. The big story in Chicago over the weekend was the NATO summit and the surrounding protests.  Most of the media coverage focused on the protests to … Continue reading

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