The Loneliness of Jesus

The Loneliness of Jesus

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” Mother Teresa  About a week ago, I saw the above image – Photoshopped from DaVinci’s famous painting of the Last Supper – of Jesus practicing social distancing while dining virtually with his disciples.  I thought it was hilarious and made sure to share …

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oxygen mask on first

Leader, it’s okay to put your oxygen mask on first

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had many moments of anxiety during this crisis period of pivoting and reacting. Yes, our church is trying hard to deliver online services and to connect directly with our people, but in all of the long hours and heightened sense of urgency, I’m left feeling we’re missing something.  …

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Race and Diversity

Promoting Race and Diversity in the Church

Not too long ago, I had an opportunity to talk with Leroy Barber (LB), co-founder of  The VOICES Project, and Aaron Graham (AG), Lead Pastor of The District Church in Washington, D.C., about their ideas on leading an organization, church, or other group toward a deeper, shared understanding of race and reconciliation. I value both highly for their own commitments …

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Guest Post: Premeditated Failure

Editor’s Note: Ben Larson is the Director of Performing Arts at Antioch Church. By Guest Blogger: Ben Larson “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” ― George Washington Carver I have a confession to make: I am guilty of first degree failure. Everyone fails. It’s part of being a …

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We’ve been doing this little affirmation thing at the staff meetings for a couple of weeks with the interns. It’s been amazing to hear people share thoughts and encouraging stories about one another. The surprising part for me is how much I’ve learned about everyone through the experience. It really goes to show that there …

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On Being Encouraged

Somebody worked really hard to encourage me today. That’s a pretty amazing thing. It makes me want to go watch the movie Pay it Forward again… funny how love, grace, generosity, encouragement and affirmation are contagious.

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