Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Oct 31, 2018

Many of you have heard about the passing of Eugene Peterson last week. Such a loss for us. Our heartfelt prayers go out to his family and friends. In case you missed the news, go ahead and take the time to read more about this influential man.

I have trusted Peterson and his team to give me a refreshed take on scripture for many years now. The Message breathed new life into verses that had become rote for me. I was able to enjoy nuances of phrase, and gained a deeper appreciation for long...

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Podcast: The Power of Mentored Community

Oct 22, 2018

In this episode we look at community and what it means to be mentored within the communities in which we engage, live, work, and play. How does the posture of that community impact our spiritual growth as a leader.

Today we are offering details and insight into the Unhurried Collective, a two year mentored community group learning how to Rest Deeper, Live Fuller, and Lead Better. We've had many questions on what an Unhurried Collective is and we thought this would be a great opportunity to...

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Podcast: Inhaling Grace: 60 Day Unhurried Living Devotional

Oct 08, 2018

Today we look at grace. One of our mentors, Wayne Anderson, often reminded us that we are not
only saved by grace, but we serve by grace, lead by grace, live by grace. In other words, the generous grace of God is not merely a doorway through which we enter this Christian life, but it is the pathway on which we live it.

In this podcast we introduce you to our newest resource, *Inhaling Grace: a 60-Day Unhurried Living Devotional.*

The grace of God is the atmosphere of his kingdom. We live by...

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Podcast: Leaders as Servants: "Be Chief" Interview with Rick Miller

Sep 24, 2018

Today we are visiting with Rick Miller, author of Be Chief: It's a Choice, Not a Title and discussing the difference between being in a POSITION of influence versus being a PERSON of influence.

We’re very aware that key leaders in organizational setting have titles that begin with the word “chief”—chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief executive officer and such. Rick’s point is that “being chief” in this way is not mainly about...

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Podcast: Listening Prayer: Living in the Remembered Companionship of Christ

Sep 10, 2018

 

Are you hungry to hear from God? Do you long for a closer, more conversational relationship with him? Today we are talking about how Jesus offers a personal invitation to listen to his voice and live in a remembered companionship of Christ.

God’s Spirit gives God’s people real, workable, useful knowledge—if they will listen. He desires to teach us how to live—really live—and to live well. God is speaking to us by his Spirit to give us counsel and insight...

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Obedience: An Unexpected Path to Freedom

Aug 29, 2018

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about obedience. It’s one of those words that is definitely out of fashion these days. It sounds like nothing but bad news.

A while back, I was reading through the book of Joshua. It tells the story of a young Joshua taking over leadership of God’s people from Moses. He is leading them into a land God had promised to them through Abraham.

As the Joshua and Israel story nears its end and this promised land has become theirs, Joshua gives these...

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Podcast: Practicing Presence: Moving from Resistant to Relaxed

Aug 27, 2018

Sometimes in the middle of ordinary circumstances we can find ourselves resistant (at odds) versus relaxed, with what is occurring, even when there is nothing to be at odds with.

This podcast is about prayer and presence. Not prayers. But prayer. Openness to God in any and every circumstance is prayer. Because, as we’ve said before, prayer is not something you do so much as it is someone you are with.

Presence is key in all of our interactions with others. Learning to catch yourself...

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The Practice of Praying Scripture: Psalm 51

Aug 15, 2018

Reading the Bible isn’t just a “learn about God” activity. It is a “listen to God and respond” practice. When I hear that “the word of God is alive and active (Heb 4:12),” this is what I think about.

A while back, when I was still writing An Unhurried Leader, I wrote this prayer in response to a few verses in Psalm 51:

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from...

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Podcast: Enjoying the Grace of Belonging

Aug 13, 2018

With God we can enjoy the grace of belong. One of the great hungers of the human heart is belonging. We want to be part of something. We want to be wanted by someone.

“Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35)

The context of the passage is that Jesus is speaking to a crowd gathered in a
house somewhere in the neighborhood of Galilee. The passage just before it is
one in which the crowds who gathered were so large that often Jesus and his
...

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Podcast: Paving the Way for Ministry Expansion - Leading Like Jesus (Part 3)

Jul 30, 2018

In today’s episode, which continues where Alan left off the past two weeks, talking about how Jesus trained his inner circle, and how they came to know him better through time alone with him. He also talks a bit about the strategic importance of Jesus being alone with his Father daily in the week leading to his crucifixion.

Be sure you listen to parts 1 and 2 (episodes #52 and #53) for the full experience of this content as this is the third episode in a three-part series on Paving the...

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