An Example of An Unhurried Leader

Sep 16, 2020

On one of our recent anniversaries, Alan and I drove up the central California coast as we were given the gift of a few days at a luxury resort. Our souls were ready for a much needed deep breath.

 

We spent our time taking in the beauty of vineyards, ocean bluffs and country roads. We even took our bikes along with us, knowing that we wanted to enjoy some of the scenery at biking pace.

 

Before we get too far into this bike story, let’s just say that, at the time, I was not...

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Podcast 140: Immanuel Journaling (Gem with Sungshim Loppnow)

Sep 14, 2020

Sungshim came to America from Korea at the age of 29. Being an immigrant and struggling with emotional deficits from her childhood left her isolated and insecure. Her search for God and her self-discovery process in her training and relationships opened her to God’s love in new and deeper ways till she was overwhelmed with the beauty and abundance of life in God’s kingdom. 

Along the way she developed a way of interacting with God called “Immanuel Journaling”....

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Loving Knowledge of God: Bernard of Clairvaux

Sep 09, 2020

There is a difference between knowing about someone and really knowing them. I know plenty about many public figures, but I know my wife of thirty-five years in a much deeper and more substantial way.

 

A practical difference between knowing about and knowing deeply is a matter of loving relationship. I know which of these I want in relation with God.

 

I love these words of Thomas Merton describing Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) and his passion for the latter:

 

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Podcast 139: The Way of Presence (Alan with Casey Tygrett)

Sep 07, 2020

The Way of Presence: The Empowering Reality of God-With-Us launches September 8. Today, I'm sharing here a conversation with my friend and fellow author, Casey Tygrett, about the book and its life-giving message. 

Casey Tygrett is author of the recent Christianity Today award-winning book As I Recall, was able and willing to join me in a conversation about my new book.  I know you'l appreciate how Casey helps get at the heart of what I’ve sought to say through...

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Unhurried Community - Doable, Sustainable, Transferable

Sep 03, 2020

We have a special message for you. CLICK THE IMAGE below to watch.

 

 Leading unhurried isn’t easy. We know this from experience.

 

You live in a hurried culture. You might even work in a hurried organization.

 

You need a community of leaders just like you who want to learn how to follow Jesus’ way of unhurried life and leadership.

 

We’re going to share with you what matters most to us here at Unhurried Living.

 

We care about you as a...

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Five Insights From One Hour with God

Sep 02, 2020

I love acorns. I found one a few years ago during a solitude walk up in the mountains.

 

I am always amazed by a beautiful little acorn, especially when it has a cap on it. So cute. It is amazing to me that an oak tree grows from something so small.

 

As I held the acorn in my hand and pondered its ability and power to grow an oak tree, it led to this thought, “You have the power within to do what is next.” A nice encouragement from God. (Eph. 3:20-21) 

As...

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Podcast 138: The Way Up is Down (Gem with Marlena Graves)

Aug 31, 2020

Our guest today is Marlena Graves, author of The Way Up Is Down. In her own words: “…we’ll explore ways in which God is calling you and me to surrender continually to being emptied and then filled with his abounding grace. We’ll soon discover that this is the process whereby saints are made. This is the selfless-way, the God-shaped life.”

For writer, pastor, and activist Marlena Graves, formation and justice always intertwine on the path to a balanced life of...

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Live What You Teach

Aug 27, 2020

In an unprecedented season of change and pivots, Alan and Gem found themselves exhausted.  Many of us are.  This short video message offers you a glimpse of how they handled that exhaustion and what they did to bring themselves back to a season of unhurry.

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Dallas Willard on Being the Church

Aug 26, 2020

Sometimes, when I’m mining my journal, I stumble on a treasure. Today I’m sharing notes I took from a morning with Dallas Willard at Tree of Life Community in Orange, CA on Sunday, August 14, 2011. The theme was “Being Church.”

 

I was typing on my iPad, which I don’t do quickly, so this is not a transcript. These are insights that I gained from listening to Dallas. They are sometimes in my own words. So, don’t assume that every word here is straight...

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Podcast 137: Growing Deep Leadership Roots (Alan with Jerome Daley)

Aug 24, 2020

Many of you who listen to this podcast are leaders in business, church, nonprofit and other organizational settings. Others of you may not have a leadership title, but you live a leadership life…a life of influence. Today’s episode is going to help a lot. I’m talking with Jerome Daley, author of the book Gravitas: The Monastic Rhythms of Healthy Leadership about where spiritual depth and authority in leadership come.

These continue to be challenging days for...

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