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Poem: Headscarf

A tichel, headscarf (or headcover) can signify a wide range of meanings. Each person has a unique story. My headcovering symbolizes my belief in Jesus/Yeshua as God incarnate, my Lord and Savior. Each time I put on my tichel, I remember that God is with us always: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). Not every woman who covers her head/ hair does so for spiritual reasons so it is always better to ask the person and not assume that we know her reasons.

Anyways, this poem came to me as I was thinking about a bride and a groom and how their story parallels the love story found in Scripture.

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Religion and Faith in the Philippines – A Few Thoughts

“If you can’t show the difference between religion and the gospel, people will confuse morality with a changed heart.”

~Tim Keller 

When I stepped into my chaotic first home after several years, I gained a fresh perspective on the Philippines. I was filled with both nostalgia and sadness. Like many Filipinos, I’m longing for a time when the country will improve its political and economic structures, reduce and eliminate poverty, and most importantly, show the world the kind of leadership that inspires others to make the world a more loving place and one that upholds the morals that came from God. With a new group of leaders in power, I am more concerned, but still hopeful.

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What Can Leaders Learn from Rashōmon(羅生門)?

Rashōmon (羅生門), one of 黒澤明 /Kurosawa Akira’s exceptional movies, is based on 芥川龍之介 /Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s short story “In the Grove” (藪の中). I first watched it in a film studies course where we analyzed the use of lighting, camera angles, music, and structure of the film to understand how they underscore the themes of equality, truth, and hope in post-war Japan. A few years later, I encountered the film in a leadership course. Seen from a leadership perspective, the movie takes on a new meaning. The dynamics of the film were no longer ideas to be analyzed and entertained for the sake of discussion; they had visible consequences for an individual and an organization. Rashōmon challenges leaders to handle the complex nature of truth and the truth about human nature not within the confines of a film, but in the unpredictable course of life.

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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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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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