Martin Luther King, Jr. (My Tribute)

I have long appreciated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the right leader at the right time in our nation. Like one of his inspirations, Abraham Lincoln, he was assassinated. Like Lincoln, that assassination served a deeper, unintended purpose. What Edwin Stanton said of Lincoln, must also be said of King: “Now he belongs to […]

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My Working Assignment in This World

I don’t want to bore you with repeated references to Eugene Peterson, but Peterson has been a significant shaping voice for how I understand my vocation for pastoral leadership and teaching. He is, perhaps, most challenging and insightful, on what he says about his own working assignment in this world. Because I can’t say it […]

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Some Sad News About a Tragic Death

Many of you remember Dr. Sam Kamaleson. Dr. Sam is a very dear friend of Pastor Steve and Whitney.  It was through Dr. Sam that Living Word was able to do ministry in India for several decades. Many times Dr. Sam spoke at Living Word. We were always blessed with his wisdom and devotion to […]

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It Works Both Ways

What do I mean by that? Eugene Peterson has greatly influenced me on the Better Way of Jesus. Jesus is the Way. Jesus shows us the Way. Jesus walks with us on the Way. We do life together with Jesus on the Way. John 14:6 begins with Jesus saying, “I am the way, the truth, […]

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Plans and Planning

I recently read a very good book on the leadership of Dwight Eisenhower, the American general in charge of all allied forces for the D-Day invasion and eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. Here is one of Ike’s quotes from the most massive military operation ever planned: “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” What does that […]

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The Focusing Illusion

One of the leading brain researchers of our day, Daniel Kahneman, describes the focusing illusion: “Nothing in life is as important as you think it is while you are thinking about it.” Haven’t we all experienced that? I have ruminated endlessly and pointlessly on stuff, that in the moment, seemed SUPREMELY important. Later, I realized […]

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