Tag Archives: tension

My Enemies Have Stories

Enemies take on many forms, ranging in proximity to your present life, and making grand entrances and exits throughout your life story. People often become our enemies when they irreparably (and perhaps intentionally) wound us, leaving us to pick up the pieces of the fallout. There are also those enemies who cause harm…

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Managing the Tension: Self-Care and Self-Emptying

“In the event of an emergency, please put on your oxygen mask before assisting others.” –every flight attendant on every airplane Almost every personality test I take tells me I shouldn’t work in a people-related field. For those familiar with Myers-Briggs, I’m an INTP. “Solitary, eccentric, and independent,” as one description puts it. I’d…

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Managing the Tension: Change and Stability

This post is part of an ongoing series about grappling with paradox, contradiction, and mystery as it relates to church leadership in today’s world. Find the rest of the series here: Introduction, Global & Local 1, Global & Local 2. — “So change has been the one constant, I guess. That, and Christ.” – Carey Nieuwhof, reflecting on his…

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