Podcast 121: The Power of Cooperative Relationships (Greg Holder)

Apr 06, 2020

We are living in one of the most polarizing times in terms of the public conversation that I can remember in forty years of adult life. And we are being invited to be the people of God in this very world. What is Jesus inviting us to? What is on the heart of Jesus for his people in such a time as this. And how does Jesus’ prayer that we would be one as he and the Father are one provide guidance for us now? 

Alan recently enjoyed a conversation with Greg Holder about his...

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If It's Human...It's Mentionable

Mar 18, 2020

Wow. We have been through it this week, right? The escalating news on COVID-19 has many people running to the store and stock piling supplies. From movie stars to sports figures, more and more people are being diagnosed. 

This is a great time to talk about fear and our response to it. It is good for all of us to stay responsibly informed and healthy, helping to keep others healthy as well. 

It’s also ok to feel fear (or anger or frustration or confusion). And it’s good...

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Podcast 117: Managing Leadership Anxiety (Steve Cuss)

Mar 09, 2020

Over the years, one of my great challenges as a leader has been the dynamic of anxiety: my own and the anxiety of those I serve. Too often in the past, anxiety has been an engine that drove my leadership activity.

So I’m glad to be able to share a recent conversation I had with Steve Cuss about his important book, Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs.

Reading from the back cover of Managing Leadership Anxiety, Steve Cuss asks a simple question: “Does...

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Just a Pile of Rocks

Mar 04, 2020

The image below may look like just a pile of rocks to you. But, to me, it represents a bowlful of treasured memories created with my dad.

Hiking in the woods, fishing in the river, a vacation spot…these were all places where we would pick up a rock or two and add it to our collection. We’d then make a plan, purchase the materials and load up our rock polisher to turn these stones into shiny jewels.

So special was this pile of rocks to me that I would invite visitors to our home...

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The Addiction to the Illusion of Urgency

Feb 12, 2020

What is most needed in the world today is non-anxious presence. (Walter Brueggemann)

A while back, I heard a compelling phrase spoken by Brie Stoner on the Another Name for Every Thing podcast:

“The addiction to the illusion of urgency.”

Each one of the main words in this sentence packs a punch. Do we really want to struggle with an addiction? Do we want to be under any illusions? And is urgency our best mode?

I thought it might be interesting to ponder this sentence together...

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Podcast 113: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison (Richella Parham, Mythical Me)

Feb 10, 2020

Personality. Achievements. Skills. Relationships. Appearance. Richella Parham was haunted by thoughts of not measuring up. She writes, “No matter how well-intentioned the teachings or pithy the advice, I found that most of it didn’t help me change.” She discovered that cultural and spiritual myths about others, God, and ourselves keep us trapped. From there she found that the journey is a spiritual one. If you’ve ever suffered from tortured moments of comparison on...

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Meeting God in the Morning

Jan 29, 2020

In my early years as a new Christian, the virtues of a morning quiet time were often emphasized by my pastors and spiritual leaders. It became a very meaningful practice for me. Recently, I’ve often heard people reacting to this practice, feeling that it’s a rote activity without much depth.

As I sat to write this week’s post, I had a few ideas about what has been meaningful for me in my morning meeting with God these days. (And meeting with God midday, evening or midnight...

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Podcast 111: The Winding Path of Transformation (Jeff Tacklind)

Jan 27, 2020

When you dream about growing in your spiritual life—in your communion with God, do you imagine it as a relatively straight and upward journey? Progress at every new stage and season? Or, have you come to realize that the path is more often crooked than straight. Today, Alan interviews his friend and fellow author, Jeff Tacklind, about his recently-released book, The Winding Path of Transformation on the Unhurried Living podcast.

It shouldn’t surprise us that the...

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Love People

Jan 22, 2020

As I’ve been leaning into the new year, one of the themes that has emerged for me is love. Specifically, love people

For insight and wisdom into love, what better passage to turn to than 1 Corinthians 13? Last week, I took some time in my journal to type up the simple phrases from verses 4-7. We’ll get to that in a minute. But first…

In Peterson’s Message version of verses 1-3, it says that without love we are:

  • The creaking of a rusty gate.
  • Nothing.
  • Bankrupt.
  • ...
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Love Displaces Fear

Jan 15, 2020

A new year has begun. A new decade is here. I’ll turn 59 this year. Part of me still feels thirty-something inside, but my body reminds me more and more often that I really am in my late fifties. 

Aging sometimes makes me nervous, even fearful. There’s a far better chance that I’m in two-thirds life rather than midlife at this point. (There’s always the thin chance that I’ll end up breaking the world record for longevity!).

But you know what the good news is...

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