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Stop Running from Rest

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What everyone wants is the very thing that we need more than we realize. Rest. True biblical rest. A real break from the weight and pressure of life and work. It’s interesting, though, that we run from rest, the very thing we want and need so badly. But running from […]

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Creating a Culture of Thankfulness

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“It’s a one-year membership in the Jelly of the Month Club.” These, of course, were the words uttered by Clark Griswold right after opening his Christmas “bonus” and just before he completely lost it, unleashing the most memorable holiday rant in cinematic history. Overworked and Underappreciated  If you’ve ever watched Christmas […]

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The Art of Disagreeing

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It can happen at dinner with family, or chatting with friends at the gym, or maybe just making small talk with a co-worker. Someone registers an opinion or point of view. The chit chat turns up a notch. Before long, though, it becomes increasingly clear that everyone doesn’t quite see […]

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An Executive Summary of the Gospel

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The Sermon on the Mount has always captivated me. More than likely, this is because I love it when a proven leader delivers a distilled executive summary or brief, and that is exactly what Jesus does in Matthew 5-7. Jesus pulled His “leadership team” (a mixed bag that included former […]

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Steering High Performers

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I get a decent number of emails every week tied to a friend or client asking my point of view on something. Sometimes I have a quick answer. Other times, I ponder it for a bit, research a little, and then fashion a reply. In most cases I end with […]

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The Art of Contextualization

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I needed a simple cotter pin. You know, the pin that holds your bike rack or boat trailer securely to the hitch of your car. My wife and I were all set to head out on our local bike trail, but as I loaded the rack I realized the cotter […]

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Both/And Decision Making

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Often, the most difficult decisions are not between black and white but between two shades of gray. A CEO friend who owns a family business is pondering firing his unethical sister. Another buddy is weighing a second chance for an underperforming best-friend employee who is dragging the company down. Or […]

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Autobiographical Theology

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We all operate with a framework for navigating life and work. For some it is a well-defined, intentional set of core beliefs and truth. For some it is an ever-evolving bowl of beliefs and experiences. For others, it is just “go with your gut” and make sure you don’t harm […]

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6 Timeless Virtues for Life and Work

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I’m not a soldier. No, Colonel Jessup, I’ve never picked up a weapon and stood a post. I’ve never fought in a great battle, never landed in hostile territory, and have never really worn a military uniform of any kind. I’m also not an especially gifted athlete. I crank out a few miles every week […]

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