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Boston Declaration | Full Text & Reflections

November 25, 2017

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A PROPHETIC APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS OF THE USA Nov 20 THE BOSTON DECLARATION Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women and men speaking out about sexual abuse at the hands of leaders in power and […]

Church Clarity | Critique

October 25, 2017

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On October 18 2017, Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Services (RNS) published this article, giving a broader reach to the organization, Church Clarity (CC). From their website, they state “the problem” and “our solution”: The Problem There are millions of churches around the world. They represent a wide spectrum of beliefs, which are translated into actively enforced […]

Searching For Sunday | Reflections & Notes

August 23, 2017

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Rachel Held Evans. Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Thomas Nelson, 2015. (268 pages) The Atlantic: Is Christianity Dark Enough For Millennials?; Huffington Post, Zach Hoag interview; Mike McHargue review; Patheos review by Ben Witherington; Crossway’s promo video; Reflections Admittedly, I read this only at the request of a congregant. But as is […]

Global Leadership Summit 2017 | Live Notes & Reflections

August 10, 2017

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[The following are live blogging notes, and may or may not be exact quotes.] Introduction: “We do not begin as the leaders we will become.” Bill Hybels Everyone wins when a leader gets better. We all owe huge debts who planted leadership seeds in us, who took us under their wing. None of us got […]

A Failure Of Nerve | Review & Notes

July 1, 2017

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Edwin H. Friedman. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Seabury Books and The Edwin Friedman Trust, 1999, 2007. (260 pages) Greg Wiens review; All Is Grist review; Todd Noren-Hentz book notes; Todd Hiestand summary; 10th Anniversary Introduction; Alastair’s Adversaria’s review/notes; Bob Thune 500 word summary; Edwin Friedman Tables from A Failure […]

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 […]