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Tap the Brakes

  I have a buddy who wears his busyness like a Purple Heart. He starts most conversations by telling me how early he started (oh-dark-thirty), how jammed up he is (barely have time for this call) and how late it will be before he finishes ...


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Leap Day

      2012 is a Leap Year.   Leap years are a means of attempting to synchronize the passage of time with the Gregorian calendar. A year in the Gregorian system lasts exactly 365.2425 days, necessitating the addition of one day every four years—leap ...


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Are You Home?

  I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.      It’s inexplicable really. If you’ve been there, you know.   I’ve travelled to Africa nine times, ...


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Take Your Stick

  I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.      At the conclusion of our time in Kenya, Archbishop Obare asked us to stay with them ...


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Are You Calling Yourself?

  I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.     Calling is the powerful intersection of passion and motivated abilities. It elicits powerful emotions and focuses ...


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We are Drowning

I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.      Every day in Kenya brought an hour-and-a half drive to and from Matongo where we were teaching. ...


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Servant Leadership

  I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.      “Servant leadership” is a characterization frequently proclaimed but behavior seldom practiced in organizations with which I ...


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Sometimes Ignorance is Bliss

  I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.      Vignette #1—from the pilot before we pushed back on the initial flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam: ...


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What Are You Carrying?

I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.      We all shoulder a load.   For some, it is relatively light—an easy burden that allows them ...


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From Sunning to Serving

  I sat next to a soft-spoken woman this morning on my flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam and then on to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was on her way from North Dakota to serve alongside Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.   My sister ...


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