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ON GROWING LEADERS AND LEADERS GROWING

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  At the age of 26, he was an international student pursuing a master of divinity degree. He and his wife were adjusting to having a baby and living in a completely different culture. Still struggling with his insecurities and doubts, he wondered what exa... More »

THE GOD DIMENSION IN LEADERSHIP

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    The universe of leadership books is staggering. A search on Amazon gave 188,543 results. I am not quite sure how the search engine arrives at that number, but in the last few years this number has reached tsunami levels. If you are in the market ... More »

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COMMUNITY AND LEADERSHIP

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  I grew up in a small farming community in Western Canada. Living in this community meant I was surrounded by people who cared for one another and worked together for the best of the community. For example, if one farmer wasn’t able to get his wheat harv... More »

COMMUNITY AND LEADERSHIP

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I grew up in a small farming community in western canada. Living in this community meant i was surrounded by people who cared for one another and worked together for the best of the community. For example, if one farmer wasn’t able to get his wheat harvested i... More »

TREASURES IN DIVERSITY

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    As this issue of JACL, Journal of Applied Christian Leadership, came together and the various authors submitted their papers, one thing became clear. The issue you are holding in your hands is fundamentally about diversity. But before we talk abo... More »

LEADERS EAT LAST

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  My guess is that every one of us has experienced the invitation to go to the front of the line for dinner at various events. We wince a little and remember something about the “one who wants to be first will be last.” But our position as pastor or teach... More »

NEW LIFE

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  As I write this, it is May in Michigan. Usually, I have my garden planted by now, but this year it is different. Daytime temperatures linger in the 50s and 60s F, and night temperatures stay close to freezing. We’ve had a long, hard winter, with the tot... More »

VALUING WHAT IS OF WORTH

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  My Dad was a collector of unique artifacts. As he worked the land,he noticed and brought home things in nature that were growing in odd places or in unexpected ways. i remember limbs of trees with big bulges on them and rocks with interesting striations... More »

WE SPEAK WHAT WE KNOW

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    Recently, I drove deep into the forest near Mackinaw city, Michigan, with my family. the sun had set and stars were beginning to come out as we parked our car at the International Dark Sky Park. With small flashlights and blankets in hand, we mov... More »

LEARNING TO LIVE AS WE PRAY

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  Recently I received a gift from a dear friend living in another    country. As I opened the gift, he commented that he wanted me to have something special from his country—something not purchased in the store, but something really meaningful. As I unwra... More »