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When They Aren’t Who We Thought They Were

By: on September 19, 2019

Former NFL coach, the late Denny Green, once had a famous post-game press conference which included the following rant about that week’s opponent, to whom his team lost the game: “They were who we thought they were!” In other words, Green’s team had prepared perfectly for the game, a game he believed they could win,…

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THE LIGHTS CAME ON

By: on September 18, 2019

    My goodness! This book offered many answers to my professional, academic, ministry, and personal life. PROFESSIONAL: As a co-owner of a business, many light bulbs went on! This helps me understand and have grace, a bit better, for people who communicate, decide, trust, and disagree differently than myself. On the flip side, I…

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

By: on September 18, 2019

In the animated fictitious movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” the tiny Island of Swallow Falls’ entire culture and economy is based on sardines. The son of the local bait shop Flint Lockwood a wanna be inventor wanting to give the community more of a variety of food, so he designs a machine that…

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Asado in Argentina

By: on September 18, 2019

Opening to the world, the beauty and artistry and history in all of its cultural diversity, continues to be a process for me. Unfathomable to recall that there was a time that I believed everyone thinks the same way and sees the world just like me, despite going to an international school growing up and…

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Becoming Less Muzungu

By: on September 17, 2019

Muzungu. This is one of the first words I heard come out of the mouths of children running down dusty, bumpy roads as I traveled to home visits for my sponsored children when visiting Rwanda the first time. Extracting exactly what it meant depended on whom I spoke with. Some mentioned it meant a person…

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Achieving without trust leaves for an empty net

By: on September 16, 2019

I am an advocate for not going alone. Entrepreneurs that I have met, typically, hold their paths to success close to the vest. It’s a shame because the output from two kindred entrepreneurial spirits working together can be incredible. That goes for entrepreneurial-minded congregational leaders. Trust is an experience that creates powerful momentum compounding other…

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Design Thinking Across Cultures – Receiving Egalitarian Thought in a Hierarchical Culture

By: on September 16, 2019

With my working title defining me as “Team Leader for International Missions Innovation,” Erin Meyer’s The Culture Map provides applicable insight. My R&D team exists “to innovate and expand opportunities to further God’s Kingdom around the world.” Working with people from differing cultures along Meyer’s eight continuums of cultural differences is a large part of…

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Side by Side

By: on September 15, 2019

  “I will be dead before I see the Ring in the hands of an Elf!” – Gimli, son of Gloin, The Fellowship of the Ring (movie adaptation)   In 2012, I made my first trip to Hong Kong to serve with a Christian organization that sends Christian teachers to closed nations in Asia to…

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Working in multicultural teams is messy

By: on September 15, 2019

Meyer, The Culture Map   The Culture Map is a very precise book that I have ever read on culture. Even though it’s base on an anthropological approach to the business world, the book has many applicable insides that are very helpful for those working on a multicultural environment. First of all, when I was…

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Dominus Illuminatio Mea

By: on September 14, 2019

School pride, Oxford has it. Perhaps school pride does not affect every school the way it does just a little for Oxford, the second oldest university in the world. The school can be a way in which students identify themselves. School colors are worn with pride; stories of founding and history are shared with reverence.…

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On Oxford, Exhaustion, and Discernment

By: on September 13, 2019

In 2 weeks, I’ll be embarking on a learning adventure for my Leadership of Global Perspectives Doctorate of Ministry program. This adventure will require full sensory attentiveness to the fast-paced cosmopolitan city of London, as well as the historically nostalgic streets Oxford. While I’m giddy to visit both, Oxford has captivated my imagination ever since…

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Shaping a Lifestyle of Discernment

By: on September 12, 2019

Henri Nouwen is one in a constellation of Christian mystics who speaks of the sustainable, centered, cohesive way of life that is present to and oriented around the God we can discover in Jesus. With each paragraph saturated in humility and vulnerability, Nouwen offers us permission to be nothing more than human beings who are…

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With Open Hands

By: on September 12, 2019

In the house where I grew up I remember there was a book on a shelf in the upper hallway that had a picture on the front cover that often caught my attention. The picture was of open hands covering a woman’s face. ‘With Open Hands’ is the title of the book and, Henri Nouwen…

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Discernment in a Lifelong Journey

By: on September 12, 2019

As a fan of Henri Nouwen, I already owned “Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life.” It was fun to open it back up and re-read my highlights, pondering how they might be prevalent to where I am today. It’s hard for me to separate discernment of my travel to London without including why I…

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Holy Ground

By: on September 11, 2019

How does one start to unfold the many possibilities that a book like Discernment Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri Nouwen conjures up? Especially when it comes to putting it into practice in a place like London and Oxford. A place of which my only experience is based on books that I have…

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House of Harry Potter

By: on September 11, 2019

I thought it would be a great idea to take my son to Oxford and visit the house of Harry Potter. He is a fan of Harry, and it would have been an excellent experience for hin but unfortunately the trip conflict with his school. All probably know that many tourists go to visit Oxford because…

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The Secret History of Me

By: on September 10, 2019

Every town, every family, every person has a “secret history.” Some live in places like Oxford with long and storied histories. Some come from families with lines that can be traced for generations and generations. But our histories are more than just general descriptions of times or mysterious names in a lineage. And even in…

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Everyone and every context have a story

By: on September 10, 2019

Henri Nouwen, a Roman Catholic priest, professor, author, and compassionate teacher teaches us to do the hard work of being transformed by God as we listen and engage by reading, prayer, and cooperating with others in their journey. Reading this text reminded me about the story an employee told me when he was in the…

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Nouwen, Discernment (Introduction, Ch. 1-3, 5-7, 9)

By: on September 10, 2019

Nouwen, Discernment (Introduction, Ch. 1-3, 5-7, 9)  Discernment is a book that I would be reading entirely because of the book sensitive topics that are very close to my heart. There is no doubt that Nouwen took his time to integrate precious aspects in his approach to the issue of Discernment. In my opinion, the author takes…

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