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Control. We want it, and we love it when we have it. COVID-19 has taken it from us. Those who have retirement funds have discovered that this virus has impacted the entire economy and hence their future. Routine things that we once controlled like going to church, the gym, and our weekly book group have …

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Five Years

Five years. That’s the maximum amount of time that most leaders last when serving in under-resourced communities. That’s not very long. Living in poverty is hard enough, but trying to reverse poverty and all of the other challenges that come with it can feel literally overwhelming. Harvard professor, Dr. Robert Sampson, has studied communities that …

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Busy Intersection

Cities are enormous matrixes of communities, systems, organizations, and lives. The complexities of all of these things are mind-blowing if you stop to think about it. There are cars, trains, buses, emergency response vehicles, trucks pulling freight, pedestrians, and cyclists. In addition, cities are full of buildings with individuals and organizations that immerse themselves in …

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Who sinned?

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” – John 9:2 (ESV)   Jesus’s disciples, upon seeing a man in his broken condition, want to know who is responsible for what has happened to him. Had the man failed personally? Perhaps his parents made some bad decisions that impacted his …

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