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Rex | Tribute

April 26, 2017

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I got word today that my youth pastor — the one who has my same middle name, who baptized me, who was the first to inspire me with the power of a good sermon, who allowed me to drive his red convertible to my junior prom, who encouraged me to ask out the new girl […]

Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team | Notes

February 3, 2017

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Patrick Lencioni. Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators. 2005. …a team is a relatively small number of people (anywhere from three to twelve) that shares common goals as well as the rewards and responsibilities for achieving them. Team members readily set aside their individual or personal […]

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

November 10, 2016

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“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by two very real forces when it comes to my voice and politics. The first is […]

The Leadership Challenge | Notes

October 26, 2016

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Kouzes, James, and Barry Posner. The Leadership Challenge, 3rd ed. Jossey-Bass, 2003. (458 pages). Here are the many resources available at Amazon.com. http://www.leadershipchallenge.com/WileyCDA/ Preface – Everyone’s Business: Leadership for Today and Tomorrow The Leadership Challenge is about how leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done in organizations. It’s about the practices leaders […]

InterVarsity’s “A Theological Summary on Human Sexuality” | Critique and Commentary

October 16, 2016

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The recent news of InterVarsity’s (IV) position on same-sex marriage is yet another chapter in a very long and arduous epic story of Evangelicalism and sexual ethics. I got word about this through friends via the Time.com posting, and IV has posted a clarification of the article’s report. Already, there is a change.org petition for […]

The Speed of Trust | Notes & Reflections

October 7, 2016

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Stephen M.R. Covey. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything. Free Press, 2006. (354 pages) Speed of Trust site at FranklinCovey. SoundView Executive Summary. Stephen Covey’s talk on Speed of Trust at Lumen Institute: FORWARD …for every thousand people hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the roots. […]

I Am Not Your Guru | Reflections

September 8, 2016

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I Am Not Your Guru. Netflix Documentary (2016). There is perhaps nothing as captivating and mysterious as what influences human emotion and behavior. There is also perhaps nothing that attracts more criticism–as reported by this Newsweek article–than those who claim to hold the secrets of that influence. The greater the master, the larger the, well, […]