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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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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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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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Get Engaged

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy commented in last Friday’s USA Today that, “There’s no substitute for a full-time dad. Dads who are fully engaged with their kids overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives. And when dads ...


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Let the Word speak for itself

      Joe’s prayer before he began speaking last Sunday night at our church was to “Let the Word speak for itself.”   What a great request and realization—to believe that the Word stands on its own and humbly ask that he simply speak ...


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Sharing a Belly Laugh

    “Would this would be a good time to discuss the safety features?”   So asked our salesperson who was pinned in the back seat of the car Josh and I were test-driving a few nights ago.   We had gone out to look ...


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Be a User

      Let the postmortems begin.   Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple last week and writers—from the business section to the blogosphere—are speaking already of what is his legacy.   One of the best accounts I’ve read inquired “What Makes Steve ...


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Where to Begin

    Channel surfing a few nights ago, I stumbled onto the last ten minutes of the ABC show Combat Hospital. The setting is a trauma hospital set somewhere near the front in one of the Middle East wars. My first impression was that it ...


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Get Lost!

    You don’t have to send out a search party to find a problem these days. It is staring you in the face from the front-page of every newspaper, barking from every cable news show and woven into the fabric of most conversations. There ...


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