This morning I read this article over on the site “KelloggInsight”: http://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/article/better_decisions_through_diversity. It is based on research by Katherine W. Phillips, Katie A. Liljenquist and Margaret A. Neale The basic conclusion of the research is this: Heterogeneous groups have been found to be more honest and more astute in their group processing, leading to better results. “Though […]
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My Interview on The Dove TV with Perry Atkinson and Patrick Doyle
Here is an interview I recently gave to Dove TV, on their daily talk show “Focus Today”. The interview begins with a bit of my story… spends some times discussing my experiences with Muslims in Albania… continues through my burn-out and recovery… Reed College… and finally some discussions of spiritual health, wholeness, freedom, authenticity and […]
Leadership Journal Article: Can a Muslim Be God's Voice to Me?
What am I to do with my Albanian grandmother? What am I to believe regarding my wise and spiritually insightful (even faith-filled) agnostic neighbor or my lovely Buddhist housemate or the tipsy advisor sitting next to me at the local pub?
"What's In A Name": Did I Screw Up the Title of My Book?
Josh said, “Your one big mistakes is your book’s title. It does not get at the heart of your message. I mean, once you explain it to me, I understand why you chose it, but the average reader does not get a chance to sit down and talk to you the way that I do. […]
The Fate of the Stranger?
Have you had a chance to see this? It is worth 3 minutes of your life.
Why I am Not a Universalist
I recently gave an interview where I was asked to plainly state what I believe. Among other things (trinitarian, Jesus followin’, Bible lovin’) I said that I am not a Universalist. Following the interview, Andrew asked me to clarify what I meant. He believed that my confidence that any person could be God’s voice to […]
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. John Perkins and 'Loving Your Enemies'
Today we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In my own small way, I would like to share some of his words, followed by my own writings in response to time I have spent with Dr. John Perkins.
People or Objects; and The Conduits of God's Grace
Most days I walk around in a trance. In my trance I divide the humans I pass into two categories. Some are filed away as “people” but if I am honest, most are dismissed as “objects.” These objects are of no more consequence than a lamppost or a mailbox, mere obstacles of inconvenience. Then the […]
Scooped Out Like a Halloween Pumpkin
He reached inside me, as if I were a Halloween pumpkin, and scooped me out. Then he declared a do-over. That’s the way it works with contaminants sometimes. He scooped out my “good” beliefs and my false beliefs. And he chose to start clean.
Huffington Post Article: We Were Blind: How a Homeless Couple Taught Us To See
I was asked by HuffPost to submit a short article. It was published yesterday. Here is a small excerpt, followed by the link: