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What does it mean to be a Christian and to follow Jesus Christ/Yeshua?

Christ Crowned With Thorns (1621-22) by Dirck van Baburen

The Christian mandate to love your enemies is one of the hardest to follow, especially in our chaotic world that is escalating in more confusion and hate. The global events during these past two decades have prompted me to reflect more deeply about the meaning of being a ‘Christian’ and what makes Christianity unique among other worldviews.

The term ‘Christian’ is loaded with a mixture of misconceptions and has incurred examples of ‘unChristian’ and hypocritical behavior. Despite the different denominations and viewpoints, what is crucial to keep in mind is that the heart of what we call Christianity is the person known as Jesus Christ/Yeshua, who I believe is God incarnate and that He rose from the dead. [Check out some of the resources on this debate at the end of this post.] To truly follow Christ is to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15) and walk in humility and love even (and especially) amidst trials and persecution.

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Purpose and Calling

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Purpose is indispensable. When we apply for college, grants or jobs, we typically submit a statement of purpose or talk about our reason for applying during an interview. When we continue a particular activity, we normally have a reason for doing so. Purpose in those scenarios is easily identifiable; however, when we are asked about our ultimate ‘why,’ many of us have trouble articulating our response. As Os Guinness says, “the trouble is that, as modern people, we have too much to live with and too little to live for. Some feel they have time but not enough money; others feel they have money but not enough time. But for most of us, in the midst of material plenty, we have spiritual poverty” (2003, p. 4). Abundance, material wealth, and accessible pleasures have generated a hunger for meaning.

“What is my purpose for living?” I assume many of us have asked a variation of this question at some point in our lives. We seem to have a feeling that we are meant to do more with our lives, but we do not always know what path to choose. We seek to identify and understand our ‘calling.’ Continue reading “Purpose and Calling”

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Spring Beginnings and Lyrical Inspiration

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As the dryness of winter slowly fades and spring unabashedly marches in, the world continues to metamorphose in unexpected ways. Spring is considered the season of beginnings. It is a season when we reinvigorate and refocus to respond to the possibilities that this new quarter will bring.

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Bunraku and Lion King; Puppetry and Reality

The Lion King is one of the most successful musicals in recent history. As of 2015, 80 million people have seen the musical throughout 6 continents. It continues to run on Broadway, West End, Hamburg, and Tokyo and shows no sign of stopping. The “Circle of Life” lives on as each generation experiences the artistry and coming-of-age story.

No doubt that the magic of puppetry contributes to the ongoing success of The Lion King. According to Julie Taymor, the musical’s director and costume designer, Ningyou joururi (人形浄瑠璃)or Bunraku (文楽), Japanese puppet theater, served as an inspiration for the puppets’ designs. Puppets are fascinating pieces of art. We (humans) know that they are inanimate objects and have no life, but when a person moves them, they begin to reflect human behavior, expressions, and speech. They are given a breath of life. Continue reading “Bunraku and Lion King; Puppetry and Reality”

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Leaders, Heightened Consciousness, and Heavy Choices

One of the more recent realizations that I had about leadership was the responsibility of leaders to raise everyone’s level of consciousness. It is another way of saying that leaders will open up competing views of reality and ‘truth’ and ideally equip the team to make the most informed decision about certain issues. With heightened consciousness comes the realization that there are choices and each one carries consequences. To what extent this consciousness is raised depends on the leader’s own level of awareness and capability to ‘wake’ people up. Leaders have to be lifelong learners and continually build their understanding about the DNA of ultimate reality in order to select which lessons to emphasize and pass on to the team. Continue reading “Leaders, Heightened Consciousness, and Heavy Choices”

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