Called to Lead

“He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’” John 21:17 (ESV)…

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The Church is Out of Style

There was an article in the local newspaper recently explaining how the Basque society is more and more secular. The youngest Catholic priest in our province was interviewed and he was quoted as saying “we aren’t in style”, referring to the church. Part of his reasoning was that as society flourishes from a material and…

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Leadership by Example

“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” Philippians 3:17 (ESV) In his writing to the Christ followers at Philippi, the Apostle Paul challenged his audience to imitate him and keep focus on those in harmony with his life’s example. What eternal…

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Who is Your GOAT?

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” The words of the Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 11:1 In his first letter to the assembly of Christ followers in the city of Corinth, the Apostle Paul challenged his audience to imitate him as he imitated Christ Jesus. His challenge is bold. By his statement, Paul…

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A Faithful Leader

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Gospel of Mark 10:45 Every family, organization or community seeks the person or persons committed to serving the role of principal, shepherd, guardian, or steward. The group confers titles and roles on…

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Leading Amid Chaos

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Gospel of Matthew 5:14 (ESV) As first quarter 2022 comes to a close, we look back on a prior year of great challenge. Generations before us have faced famine, disease, war and insurmountable economic stress, yet history has paved…

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Who Causes my Problems?

It was my first outing after a particularly severe case of strep throat during our first year in the Basque Country. I was getting my hair cut and I was talking with the stylist about all of the unknowns surrounding the current restrictions due to Covid and school for the girls, the seeming impossibility of…

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