Pope Francis I: Sectarian Culture Warriors Trump Ecumenical Culture Wimps

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I'm always eager to introduce opinions from people who know more than I do about a topic, such as the selection of the new Pope, Francis I. Privileged to feature a guest post from P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.  He founded CCL in 2001 with the conviction that only eminently equipped cultural leaders will actually create a new Christian culture — and that only transformed Christians can transform the present anti-Christian culture of the West. Follow his blog h … [Read more...]

Choosing a New Pope: Why the Media Cares about the Next Italian Idol

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What the klieg lights give, the klieg lights take away. Such is the double-edged sword of media coverage.My Catholic friends would do well to remember it in the rush of media coverage over choosing a new pope. The 24/7 coverage of papal smoke signals all seems like a twisted dream sequence of American Idol -- just in Rome -- and without the horiffic singing. Call it The Search for the Next Italian Idol. (No offense intended to my Catholic friends, but it might be cool if one of the … [Read more...]

Ask God Why? When Is It OK?

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Why? For many Christians, it's the question we should never ask. We tend to think we should just shut up and do what God tells us. He is, after all, a consuming fire. We know the whole story of when the earth opened to swallow those who dared to ask too many questions. So we keep our mouths shut, thinking it's never OK to raise our hands and ask God the ultimate question -- why?There's some truth to that thought. God is God, and we are not. His authority is non-negotiable. At a deep and fa … [Read more...]

3 Ways to End Frustration and Find New Direction

Ever feel like you’ve been beating your head against a brick wall? Are you frustrated with where life has left you? You don’t have to settle for that feeling. You can end your frustration and find a new direction. It’s easier than you might think. Take it from someone who knew about frustration – Helen Keller.Helen lost her sight and hearing before she could talk. Her early childhood was filled with extreme anger and frustration as she failed to grasp that words even existed. Beating her head … [Read more...]

Does Your Weakness Give You Strength?

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My back hurts. Sometimes.It's part of the price I pay for being taller than most people, I suppose. I've learned to to live with it. Regular stretching, good posture habits, and frequent strengthening excercises keep me limber enough to keep moving forward. But it is what it is -- a weakness.I've noticed something. My back hurts most when I try to hide my weakness.The thing about my back pain is that it often comes from staying in the same position for too long. So if I'm sitting … [Read more...]

Drones and Rand Paul’s Filibuster: A Lesson from Exodus

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The Biblical book of Exodus may not be the first place you'd think to find wisdom for harnessing modern technology, but I think Rand Paul's filibuster over drone use finds some support there.This week, Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) initiated a talking filibuster -- a rare event in these days of virtual filibusters -- to protest what he sees as the Obama Administration's lack of a transparent policy regarding when drones may be used to kill American citizens without due process of law as … [Read more...]

The Secret to Living by Faith

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It can be tough to figure out the secret to living by faith when we're busy being angry at Him. Trust me. I've had a little experience on that point.Yesterday's post [You Don't Need All the Answers to Stop Being Angry at God] began to explore this dilemma with a look at the Israelites predicament in Exodus 14. Like them, we struggle to discover the secret to living by faith when we're freaking out about God dumping us in the wilderness. Or so we think.During times of testing, we can di … [Read more...]

You Don’t Need All the Answers to Stop Being Angry at God

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Welcome to readers from the Catalyst Space blog. Privileged to have a guest post with Catalyst Leadership today entitled 12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask. Based out of Atlanta, GA, Catalyst is the premier trainer of the next generation of  "change agents" for the Kingdom of God. Feel free to download a free copy of my latest e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth. It's not easy, is it? To admit that we are angry at God.As Christ-followers, we know better. W … [Read more...]


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