Re-opening Your Church

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Some churches, even in the same community, will make different decisions about both the place and methods for re-opening.  We need to support church leaders who are making hard choices, not criticize others for making different choices than we do.  While believers gathering is important, some of...

Barnacles

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A common refrain these days is, “I’ll be glad when things get back to normal.” Well, that’s not happening. Our world will never be the same after COVID-19. The disruptions to social, economic, educational, corporate, entertainment, and religious systems have been too...

Leading Forward

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Governmental leaders make policy decisions to manage risk, not eliminate it. Their goal is palatable decisions that maintain social order, not preserve every life. Governments manage death rates, keeping them reasonable, without eliminating their causes. That’s not a criticism, just a frank...

Uncertainty

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A common lament in our current pandemic is people saying the hardest part is “not knowing.” Not knowing how long the quarantine will last, when they will return to work, how widespread the pandemic will be, etc. Millions of people are experiencing profound uncertainty—an unsettling, disruptive...

Death in a Glass

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According to a new study by the National Institute for Health, the second leading cause of death in 2017 in the United States was alcohol.  More people died from alcohol-related illnesses than died of drug overdoses, including opioids.  The death rate from these illnesses has more than doubled...

Competence Builds Influence

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Leadership is usually defined, in some way, as influence. Demonstrating competence is one key to influencing others. The better you are at your role, the more likely others will defer to your expertise, trust your judgment, and cooperate with your decisions. Your competence is both real and a...

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