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The Conversation Continues: Contemplative Leadership (Part 4)

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Editor’s Note: This is the continuation of a series of articles by Ken Curtis.

Book Review: An Unhurried Leader

“I’m a recovering speed addict—and I don’t mean the drug. I’m talking about the inner pace of my life. I always seemed to be in a hurry. I was the guy who looked for the fastest-moving lane on the freeway, the shortest checkout line at the grocery store and the quickest way to finish a job. It’s probably pathological. But, like you, I also live in a hurried culture. I’m not the only one trying to get there more quickly and do things faster. In fact, there is little incentive out there to slow down.

A Matter of Integrity

Ken Curtis preaches on the matter of integrity:

Beastly Spirituality

One of the scenes from the Wizard of Oz that I remember from my childhood (the movie; I never read the book) was that of Dorothy and her friends traveling the road to the Emerald City, repeating to themselves over and over again, “Lions, and tigers, and bears, Oh My!” At the age of seven, it was not at all difficult for me to absorb their anxiety. Of course, that was not the only thing that impacted me as I watched. There was also the Scarecrow’s hunger for knowledge, the Tin Man’s for human connection, the Lion’s for courage, and of course Dorothy’s longing to find her way home.

Book Review: "The Listening Life"

“Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim . . . .”1

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations . . . .”2

“Therefore go . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”3

The Element of Surprise: Surprise as a Metaphor for Spiritual Growth

Surprises. Is the prospect of being surprised something that you tend to look forward to, perhaps with delight, curiosity or even hopeful anticipation, or does it tend to make you a bit skittish or uneasy?

The Rhythms to Which We Move

Recently, during a rather long episode of very slow stop-and-go traffic, I found myself passing the time by observing the people in the cars around me. A few were on cell phones, or engaging some other mobile electronic device in one way or another. Several others were involved in various other forms of multi-tasking behavior, including eating, reading, checking make-up, managing children, etc. Those listening to music were the easiest to spot; heads bobbing, hands tapping out the beat on the steering wheel or dash board, some even singing along.

Leaving Home

There is something that seems almost idyllic about growing up in a small home town where you know everyone and everyone knows you. Rootedness, shared traditions, familiar faces, safety – or if not that, at least predictability. Even if times are hard, or circumstances challenging, there is a certain rhythm of life that develops that resists change and challenge. We know who everyone is, where they live, where everything goes.

Continuing a Fictitious Conversation: Lectio Divina

Read the first article in this two-part series by Ken Curtis here.

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