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This Is My Desire

By: on April 11, 2024

I am proposing that the only way to overcome the Powers is through imitation of Christ, in particular his desires, which always leads to how we act. -J.R. Woodward-   Scandals in the leadership of clergy in the church are a phenomenon that has existed for centuries and occur in any part of the world…

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The Image In My Head and Heart

By: on April 11, 2024

I’m currently in Washington, DC attending an educational workshop at the Holocaust Museum to foster healthier Christian-Jewish relationships, biblical teaching, and interfaith dialogue. My group has around seventeen members and consists of Jewish rabbis, pastors, priests, seminary students, lay people, and chaplains from around the United States. The first thing we are required to do…

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“The Scandal of Leadership”

By: on April 11, 2024

“If the light inside you is not greater than the light upon you, the light upon you will destroy you.” – Scott Dickie’s mentor. The above quote is an excellent summarization of the book, The Scandal of Leadership by JR Woodward. I will soon tell you why the quote resonates with the book, but first,…

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Ditch the Ring

By: on April 9, 2024

“Will we become a scandal to those who look to us as leaders, or will we choose to imitate the scandalous way of Christ?  If Christian leadership is primarily about being Christ-like examples, it is imperative that we understand how the Powers seek to undermine us as leaders, as well as examine the lives and…

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The “Christian” Thing to do!

By: on April 9, 2024

Years ago, as I began preparing to leave Jakarta to move to South Sulawesi, an Indonesia friend and member of our church told me she had been watching me. I panicked a little, wondering what she observed. I secretly prayed it was something good. I was keenly aware that my every move was a curiosity…

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Humility and Honesty…Leadership Goals!

By: on April 9, 2024

“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” [1] What an interesting time to read a book about the scandal of leadership. I have been thinking a lot about flaws, challenges, and failures of leadership in recent weeks. Admittedly, it has been a tough year for me. Leading an organization in transition for…

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We are what we imitate

By: on April 8, 2024

A quick google search of science and mimicry turns up countless articles on the subject. There are examples of mimicry in nature all around us. In humans, copying facial expressions is even considered a milestone of infant development.[1] Clearly, we are creatures designed to imitate something. Furthermore, we know tacitly that we imitate that which…

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Beat the System

By: on April 8, 2024

The legendary Christian Rock band PETRA recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. They were formed in 1972 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is pretty close to when and where I was formed: 1971 in Osceola, Wisconsin. In 1981, at the age of 10, I was introduced to PETRA, with the vinyl of Never Say Die. NEVER…

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Embracing Love and Justice

By: on April 5, 2024

“It is only through love that a warfighter can flourish as a warfighter qua just warfighter” -Marc LiVecche-   Some Christians have an understanding of original sin, the sin resulting from acts of violation of God’s commands committed by the first human parents, Adam and Eve, as something that has a destructive impact, not only…

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Moral Injury Healing: Not a Mission Impossible

By: on April 4, 2024

Monday, July 12, 2021, my new client showed up to his first session and the first words out of his mouth were, “I heard you can help people heal from the devastating impact of trauma. I am going to tell you things I have never told anyone. After you hear my shitful story, I am…

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WAR…What is it Good For?

By: on April 4, 2024

My best friend, who I’ve known since kindergarten, was in the U.S. Marines. If you’ve ever seen the show Reacher, he is a leaner more charismatic version of Alan Ritchson’s character from the show. We attended the same church, went to the same school,  and played football together in a “Friday Night Lights” kind of…

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The Cognitive Dissonance of War

By: on April 4, 2024

Then he rose, grenade in hand. He was pulling the fuse. He cocked his arm back to throw— and then he saw me looking at him across my rifle barrel. He stopped. He looked right at me. That’s where the image of his eyes was burned into my brain forever, right over the sights of…

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Casualties of War and Armor for the Soul

By: on April 3, 2024

I read The Good Kill: Just War and Moral Injury, by Marc LiVecche on my flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia last week. I then watched We Were Soldiers. I understood the film to be an accurate representation of the impact of war not only to soldiers on both sides of the Vietnam War, but that…

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Ponderings of a Dual Citizen

By: on April 3, 2024

I have never served our country as a Veteran.  My dad was a Chaplain in the Vietnam War and my son-in-law served seven years in the military.  My oldest son-in-law comes from a family of Army Generals (his dad and grandfather both served; frequently moving from base to base).  Several of my close friends have…

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A Pathway Leading to Healing

By: on April 2, 2024

This past week has been so peaceful and filled with so many joyful interactions. I love Holy Week; it is my favorite time of the year with Thanksgiving being a close second. I welcomed the week off from class, readings, and posts as I desperately needed the week to not be on a schedule. I…

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You Poked My Heart!

By: on April 1, 2024

Remember back to when the “internet” first became a thing? We had AOL and the famed “You Got Mail” voice prompt.[1]  MSN Messenger and Yahoo were kind of a big deal. Viral videos were just becoming something we talked about and shared via email on the internet; both things that in 1994 the hosts of…

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Dipped in the Watery Grave

By: on March 28, 2024

“Baptism is the dramatic or episodic representation of the act or ritual of initiation-or, at least, stands midway between the entirely “unconscious” or procedural forms of initiation and their semantically abstracted symbolic equivalents. Baptism is the spiritual birth(rebirth) as opposed to birth of the flesh.”[1]   I preached last month on Renewal, and as I…

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Making Order out of Chaos

By: on March 27, 2024

I know we’ve often been advised to not only read the books we’re assigned but also read about the books we’re assigned. That is, we’re meant to read reviews and the like, but I can’t say I always do. This week, though, for whatever reason I decided to start with some reviews of Jordan Peterson’s…

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ARE WE WILLING TO LEARN FROM A RATIONALIST THINKER?

By: on March 23, 2024

And even if you’re a rationalist, say, and a cynic and a nihilist, and you say, well, nothing has any meaning, you still run into the problem of pain. Because pain undercuts your arguments and has a meaning. So there’s no escaping from the meaning, you can pretty much demolish all the positive parts of…

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Back to Basics

By: on March 22, 2024

When I think about following Jesus, the word that encompasses my pursuit of Him as an apprenticeship.  Apprenticeship is a method of training and on-the-job experience, developing a new generation of practitioners, often accompanied by some study and/or shared learning. Much of the training is done while working alongside an employer or instructor, who helps…

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