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Feb
29

Don’t Carry all the Emotional Weight

Sisyphean toil

“I’m exhausted! And I don’t want to do this anymore,” I remember saying out loud. Anne’s family was going through a crisis. Her absent father accentuated her mother’s strong control. Anne was feeling responsible and crumbling under the load. She was in tears each time we talked. She was angry and repulsed by some of…
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Feb
28

Transformational Change (Understanding Change, part 4)

egg transformation - new birth

The theme of this series has been varying levels of change that can be experienced (and initiated) by individuals and organizations.  Previously I discussed incremental change (change of actions) and transitional change (change of strategies).  Now let’s look at the deepest, most significant type of change: transformational change (change of paradigm). A simple metaphor to…
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Feb
27

What the Church Expects of the Seminary

Stay on course

“Turn left!” I shouted. Such a simple command. You’d think it would be easy to follow. Yet I could only stare helplessly as we breezed through the intersection. The problem: too many voices. I wasn’t the only passenger in the car. And the others also thought they knew where to go. Too many cooks in…
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Feb
27

God Uses Broken Leaders…Like Me

Fear

by Shane Sebastian “Seriously doctor, what the heck is wrong with me?” I had been in this office five times in the past 3 months. I had struggled with a bad case of shingles (I know, most of the time only old people get shingles, thank you very much). I was over that but still…
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Feb
26

The Old Woman Who Almost Loses It (Translating the Gospels, part 2)

Piles of money

by Matt Mikalatos [This is the second in a four-part series of posts re-telling a familiar Gospel story in an unfamiliar way. Here’s an introductory post explaining the whys and wherefores. And here’s a link to part one.] After the teacher finishes his story about the field trip to the zoo, someone – a woman…
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