Category Archives: Leadership

The Spirituality of Designer Religions (Monte Wilson)

You can’t read a magazine or watch TV without hearing some rock star or movie actor gushing on and on about being a “spiritual person.” Same goes for Facebook, where people post such profound bon mots as, “I am not religious. I am spiritual.” Maybe … Continue reading

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Cardinal Francis George (1937-2015): My Personal Tribute to My Friend

Christian charity is a virtue that is widely recognizable. Where the church goes compassion and care for the poorest and weakest follows. Missionaries and Christian teachers have opened hospitals, cared for orphans, the widows and the poor. Where the Christian … Continue reading

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Facebook & Twitter: My Life Course Corrections (2 of 2)

Yesterday I wrote about my personal journey in using the social media. In particular I wrote about Facebook and Twitter. I am not an expert on these media resources by any stretch. I do know how they have impacted my … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Current Affairs, Friendship, Leadership, Love, Marriage & Family, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church, Web/Tech, Weblogs | 13 Comments/Likes

Sameness vs. Individuality

It is a healthy development to see growing concern for community and life together in the West. At the same time the hunger for life together can, and does, create some deep problems that are rarely talked about in the … Continue reading

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Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (5)

Several years ago Pope Benedict XVI tasked three trusted cardinals to investigate as deeply as necessary the Vatican’s internal culture. He wanted to know what prompted a Vatican butler to steal incriminating documents and then leak them to a journalist. … Continue reading

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Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (4)

The “seven deadly sins” are a classical way that the church has defined those particular sins that most clearly kill the work of grace. Pope Francis recently rebuked the leaders of the Roman Curia (12/22/14), the governing leadership team of … Continue reading

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Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (3)

Vatican watchers reported (AP), after Pope Francis spoke to the Roman Curia on December 22, that “they had never heard such a powerful, violent speech from a pope and suggested that it was informed by the results of a secret … Continue reading

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Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (2)

Yesterday I reported on the comments that Pope Francis made to the Roman Catholic Curia just prior to Christmas. He enumerated fifteen ailments he saw in the curia. (The term curia is foreign to many evangelicals. The curia consists of those officials … Continue reading

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Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (1)

Just three days before Christmas Pope Francis delivered a message to the Curia that was described by the Associated Press as “blistering.” It was frank and called upon the leaders of the church to repent! I’ve never seen anything quite … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk with Mark Elfstrand – August 15, 2014

I mentioned in my September 3 blog post that I would appear on Mark Elfstrand’s Chicago program (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.) on WYLL as a “Resident Theologian.” Here is a short appearance I made with Mark taken from a live … Continue reading

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