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Cracking the Walnut

By: on September 12, 2019

Becoming great and sustaining greatness is the theme of Jim Collins’ books, Good to Great and Good to Great in the Social Sectors which the author describes as prequels to his previous work Built to Last. Unfortunately, his case studies included companies such as Circuit City which filed bankruptcy just seven years after the publishing…

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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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Sainthood and Leadership in Christian Family

By: on September 9, 2019

St. Francis of Assisi is bringing a new perspective to Christian leadership which leads us to the title of the journal “Theology of Leadership.” Nathan Harter describes Francis a man who defined his leadership theology that was not based on the main church structure of the Roman Catholic.  He describes Francis s a festive and…

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Discernment and Innovation

By: on September 9, 2019

Henri Nouwen’s Discernment stands as a collection of his teaching of spiritual discernment, relying heavily on his influence of Thomas Merton, as collected by his followers posthumously. This book helps me in three ways as I approach our Advance. First, by helping me personally discern further direction and nuances of my intended studies in innovation…

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Legacy and Innovation

By: on September 9, 2019

Let me begin by saying that I had the privilege of visiting Oxford in February 2019 with my housemates.  We all readily agreed that Oxford was one of our favorite places we visited on our European excursion.  A friend of ours was attending one of the colleges, so she and her fiancé knew all of…

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Walk This Way: Cross-Cultural Servant Leadership

By: on September 7, 2019

On the first Sunday of July, we entered into our new church home in the heart of the college town of Berkely, California ready to serve as the Discipleship/Young Adults (Professionals) Pastors. As we worked through the sanctuary door, we could see the Sunday teams preparing and setting up for church service, and that day…

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Keep Looking From the Balcony

By: on September 7, 2019

The inaugural issue of Theology of Leadership Journal was an interesting read. I hesitate to use the word “delightful” because I have rarely come across an academic-oriented journal which attempted to combine biblical, theological, and church leadership threads. My inherent eisegesis has become attuned to how each assigned reading will enhance my doctoral research pursuits…

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A More Excellent Way Of Leadership.

By: on September 6, 2019

Is it not interesting that the light attracts all manner of insects and they will come from as far as the light is visible. A trip to one of the world’s biggest fresh water lakes, Lake Victoria in Kenya was very interesting when at night a ‘city’ emerged over the lake and I inquired what…

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Conflict and Growth

By: on September 6, 2019

Many people come to churches or other faith communities believing the church is supposed to be a place where everyone gets along, showing unconditional love all the time, but this is not always true. Once a person joins with a church and becomes part of its mission of showing the love of Jesus Christ and…

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CULTURE SHOCK: ADVENTURE’S TRIP TO LONDON

By: on September 6, 2019

ADVENTURES TRIP TO LONDON: CULTURE SHOCK Culture Shock! London by Hargraves Experiencing other people’s culture is quite interesting and challenging. This is my expectation in the soon coming trip to London. Hargraves says, ‘knowing the culture of other people is important and challenging’. Culture shock affects all aspects of life for example it affects: religion,…

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So…What’s It Like Pretending You Are Not Dying?

By: on September 6, 2019

Life is a journey ~ and we’re all along for the ride. Someone once asked one of my Hospice patients, “What’s it like to know you are dying?” His question back was, “What’s it like pretending you are not?” Touché! We are all dying on this earth from the moment we are born, but it’s…

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The Geometry of Power Distance

By: on September 6, 2019

Newton’s third law of motion states that, “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”1 While this law is supposedly restricted to physics it can be found in action within cultures as well. For instance when the Black Lives Matter movement began to gather momentum there was a reaction in the form of…

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Upside Down Leadership

By: on September 5, 2019

The Theology of Leadership Journal provides a refreshing perspective on leadership based in scripture, church history, and biblical narrative, a theological rather corporate CEO model. Though there are important pragmatic lessons to be learned from business leadership, the Kingdom of God does not function according to human values and systems. This was well described in…

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Confusion of an Arkeigetologist

By: on September 5, 2019

In most cases, I find introductions merely state the intention of the material that follows. It is a preamble of sorts; a way to explain the rationale for the chapters to come, so introductions rarely give reason to pause for further thought and inquiry. However, the Theology of Leadership Journal did precisely that, meaning I…

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A Look at Authenticity

By: on September 5, 2019

The article “Authentic Leadership Theory: Enhancements from 1 Peter 5:1-5” caught my attention, given the emphasis on authenticity and vulnerability in culture these days. Popular author and researcher Brene Brown and others have aided this interest certainly. Yet it seems like we still have a complicated relationship with authenticity in the Church. I know I still…

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What is a pastor, anyway?

By: on September 5, 2019

In recent years, I have had many conversations with American students who needed guidance as they navigated the minefield of vocation and calling. These conversations typically began with the student’s expression of a sense of call to “Kingdom work” or missional endeavor, but they inevitably as this question along the way: “What is a pastor,…

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