The radical claim of Jesus is not that we are so much free from something—oppression, marginalization, even sin or death—but that we are free for something. And that something is the terrifying prospect of being able to love in the ultimate way…unconditionally and sacrificially.
I want to hear about how you will work with people you disagree with, not against them. I want to hear about how you can provide leadership in seeking productive compromise. I want to know that you are willing to go beyond sloganeering to actually listen to all sides and engage in dialogue across ideological divides.
I confess, I’m a bit irritated with myself for taking so long between blog posts. Actually, I could have ended that sentence about seven words earlier. I’m a bit irritated with myself. Come to think of it, that’s still too much. I’m a bit irritated. For the past two-and-a-half years I’ve been working toward a … Continue reading The Path of Most Resistance
If you’re on the internet reading this blog, I’m sure you’re aware of the controversy swirling around some comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and A&E Network’s subsequent decision to suspend him from the show. I really had no intention of writing about this today. And, in truth, it’s not really what this blog … Continue reading Persecuted or Persecutors?
This article originally appeared on Aug. 13, 2009. I revisit it today not because of any current frustration with my own leadership roles, but because I've recently completed a course in Christian leadership that reminded me of some of the tensions in which those of us in leadership positions often find ourselves. I love metaphors. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: A Roller Coaster Guy in a Merry-Go-Round World