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    The Wheat and the Weeds

    In the last year I have been wondering how so much great art literature business success music ” charity and church growth have been accomplished by such distorted -and oftentimes tortured – personalities.  If you read a few biographies” other than George Washington and a very few others ” you get a sense of how extraordinary talent is almost invariably carried by cracked souls and inflated egos.  One of my favorite quotes is from “Amadeus” wherein Salieri pronounces his judgment on Mozart and God at the same time: “I heard the music of true forgiveness filling the theater” conferring on all who sat there perfect absolution. God was singing through…

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    I’ll Fly Away

    Today I went to the funeral of a young 29-year-old man who killed himself after nine years of fighting schizophrenia.  He had Christian music playing in his car and a book by his pastor on the seat next to him. Until he went away to college he was “normal” and showed absolutely no signs of mental illness. He was a kid.  Just a kid. Schizophrenia is a disease that typically begins in early adulthood; between the ages of 15 and 25. Men tend to develop schizophrenia slightly earlier than women and whereas most males become ill between 16 and 25 years old, most females develop symptoms several years later. As…

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    I'll Fly Away

    Today I went to the funeral of a young 29-year-old man who killed himself after nine years of fighting schizophrenia.  He had Christian music playing in his car and a book by his pastor on the seat next to him. Until he went away to college he was “normal” and showed absolutely no signs of mental illness. He was a kid.  Just a kid. Schizophrenia is a disease that typically begins in early adulthood; between the ages of 15 and 25. Men tend to develop schizophrenia slightly earlier than women and whereas most males become ill between 16 and 25 years old, most females develop symptoms several years later. As…

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    The Beginning at the End

      My father grew up in poverty in Nashville ” Tennessee. My grandfather was a pastor” who also happened to be an Irishman named Bunyan. He was somewhat forced to move from church to church because he would tell the truth about the departed at funerals. However ” my grandmother was determined that my Dad would get out of their poor neighborhood and – while making something of himself – he would make something of her life as well. She could not go but she could send him to be successful. As many of you know” men who become successful often discover the allure of expensive cars. My Dad discovered…

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    A Matter Of Time

      A young friend (against my advice) took a leadership position in a ministry with a history of detached major donors infighting among the staff weak executive leadership a dated mission that is out of touch with the changing demographics of their market a retired founder who still has influence on Board decisions and a business model that depends almost 90% on a few supporters.  Given that this is an organization that charges tuition and fees that is not a good sign.  Come to think of it are there any good signs at all in this scenario?  With just that knowledge ” would you take the job? It depends on…

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    Living in the Shire

      You cannot have a good conversation in London without getting around to the issue of the role of government in modern society.  One night at dinner our distinguished guest was very direct about her dismay that a country calling itself a “Christian” country could allow anyone to be without a minimum of health care.  After all ” the role of government is to take care of all the people –not just those who can afford it.  There were a few in our group who disagreed!  It’s a basic division between those who are adamant about the limited role of government and those believing government needs the latitude to make…

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    “Prosperity Knits a Man to the World”

    While I knew the story of the rich young ruler long before I ever read those words in C.S. Lewis ” I've never heard it put better.  Many times” ” the best way to understand a person is to see them in contrast to another in similar circumstances.  I've done that with Bonhoeffer and Hitler.  The differences are stunning and studying them together only puts each of them in sharper relief.  This week I did that with the rich young ruler and Zaccheus.  While they had one thing in common – wealth – they could not have been more different.  The rich young ruler was more than comfortable approaching Jesus…

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    "Prosperity Knits a Man to the World"

    While I knew the story of the rich young ruler long before I ever read those words in C.S. Lewis ” I've never heard it put better.  Many times” ” the best way to understand a person is to see them in contrast to another in similar circumstances.  I've done that with Bonhoeffer and Hitler.  The differences are stunning and studying them together only puts each of them in sharper relief.  This week I did that with the rich young ruler and Zaccheus.  While they had one thing in common – wealth – they could not have been more different.  The rich young ruler was more than comfortable approaching Jesus…

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