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Prophecy and Preaching Today

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Prophecy and Preaching Today

I’ve recently become a fan of Frank Herbert’s fantasy classic Dune.

In both the novel and the recently released film starring Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson, prophesy features prominently.

Herbert introduces us to a mystical order called the Bene Gesserits,...

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Reactivity…these 10 things make it worse

Dr. G. & Friends

Reactivity…these 10 things make it worse

All leaders will deal with reactivity at one point or another.

It can be caused by a proposed change from the leader, it may be the result of direct and necessary action taken by the leader, or, it can come...

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The Hardest Lesson I’m Grateful I Learned

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The Hardest Lesson I’m Grateful I Learned

When she turned and dramatically pointed her finger at me, I felt the room began to spin.

“Tell us, right now, pastor!” she demanded.

“Tell us what you actually believe.”

Even my ordination examination on the floor of Presbytery had...

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Leaders, Not Principals

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Leaders, Not Principals

In the media, examples of school principals abound from (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ) highly suspicious Ed Rooney, to the distant yet caring Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series.

As someone who worked in public education for eight years...

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Dialogue vs. Discussion

Dr. G. & Friends

Dialogue vs. Discussion

A friend led a workshop on the dialogical learning method that I presented in my book How To Be the Best Christian Study Group Leader.

He shared how difficult it was for some of the participants to understand the...

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What is discernment?

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What is discernment?

Discernment. The word can sound abstract, hinting at something unknown and mysterious.

I often hear people say things like, “I’m in a season of discernment” or “I’m discerning my next step, or the way forward in a situation or relationship.”

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All of these are true about anxious systems

Dr. G. & Friends

All of these are true about anxious systems

All systems experience episodes of acute anxiety but systems manifest it differently.

Relatively stable, resilient and high-functioning systems seem able to respond to episodes of acute anxiety.

In contrast chronically anxious systems which lack resilience will tend to be reactive...

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Do you have these 4 leadership goals?

Dr. G. & Friends

Do you have these 4 leadership goals?

Leaders approach their work in many ways.

They use various frames of references to inform how they go about their work.

Some, for instance, focus on the concept of “leadership style.”

Others lean toward the leader-as-manager approach while others take...

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Something I learned from a child

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Something I learned from a child

My first congregation was called a “mission start up,” which means when I arrived there were 13 people.

I was 29 and pretty much knew nothing about starting a congregation, but I was committed to people, and I seemed to...

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