The Real Power of Leadership

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Power.  We are obsessed with it.  Our lives are constantly affected by it.  Our homes are vulnerable to it.  And yes, our churches, businesses and schools are constantly exposed to it.  Just think for a moment of how much “power” permeates our lives and thoughts today – Power lunches, power ties, power plays, power moves, power books, power-tools, power psychology, self-empowerment; these themes and more fill our offices, businesses and bookshelves in America.  Power is big business.  Some believe that leadership is about having (and using) … power. THE LOVE OF … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget … to Remember!

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You can tell when a person has “closed their soul” towards you, can’t you? They pull away and avoid your presence. Their answers to your questions become brief and bland. They refuse to make eye contact. Their countenance is sunken. Their posture often bent. Counseling a couple in this state, or a mother and her daughter for that matter, is seldom easy. Melting emotional ice between people that has hardened for months, even years, can feel impossible. . .especially in the span of an hour-long session or two. Fortunately, I have discovered one tool God has given us that almost always … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Message on Christ’s Sufferings.

Take some time to listen to the message President Obama delivered to a gathering of faith leaders at the White House last week along with a song from Christian recording artist Sarah Groves.  It is full of references to the sufferings and the overcomings of Christ. To follow up on this important theme, read the 3-part series I have written at Patheos.com. Here is a link to Part One of the series entitled, "Your Easter I.D.".       … [Read more...]

An Atheist’s Church Envy – Atheism 2.0

Check this TED Talk out! It is not-to-be-missed! What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence. … [Read more...]

Leading, the Following Way.

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Jesus did not focus on leadership; certainly not the way many Christian pastors and teachers do today.  In fact, I cannot find one place in all of his (red-letter) words where he calls any man specifically to “lead” or to “leadership.” Don’t get me wrong.  Certainly Jesus was and is a leader and led not only a band of twelve men but a movement that would fascinate and dominate the interests of countless millions.  Still, as I pour over his words, although I personally love the subject of leadership I am hard-pressed to find any inkling of the fascination we have today with the … [Read more...]

The Hunger Generation: 11 Soul Cries That Are No “Game”

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou Every year an avalanche of paperback novels and newly produced movies flies off the shelves and onto thousands of screens across the country. Millions of buyers pick up a new piece of fiction and lay down $10+ for a movie in which to escape while relaxing on the beach or in the comfort of a well-cushioned chair. There is a reason for this — everyone loves a good story! Stories shape our lives, our world, even our souls. Stories capture our imaginations. The latest one to do so in a big way is … [Read more...]

Not-To-Be-Missed Video Clip – The Glo Snowboarder

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