A Reasonable Faith

A Reasonable Faith

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”  1 Peter 3:15 What is the current reputation of Christianity in our culture? How does the world perceive those of us who claim to be followers of Jesus? One word that likely doesn’t make the Top Ten list is “rational.” Fair or not, Christians are often viewed as judgmental, illogical, and unreasonable. However, … Read More

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An Open Letter to Summer Project Students

An Open Letter to Summer Project Students

(It’s an exciting time of year as students from around the country prepare to serve God all over the planet. I originally wrote this letter for our Epic Movement [Cru’s Asian American ministry] summer project students, but I wanted to share the contents with all of you who are trusting God with the upcoming summer. I hope that you’ll be encouraged.)     Dear Summer Mission Project Participants, Each of you has a different story of how God led you to apply and how … Read More

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The Language of Movement Building: Think Pink

We spend several sessions discussing the “language of leadership” at our Gettysburg “If Properly Led” Conferences, arguing that the leader has a “palette” of words by which he paints visions in people’s minds. Our primary examples are Abraham Lincoln arguing for “new birth of freedom” at Gettysburg in 1863 and Martin Luther King, Jr arguing for “that dream of freedom still unrealized” 100 years later. Nancy Duartel, on her blog, analyzed MLK Jr’s “I have a dream” speech and found that … Read More

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PrEFACE: Let’s Do This!

PrEFACE: Let’s Do This!

Organizationally endorsed tools like PrEFACE, strategic planning, the Leadership Framework, and the Growth Model provide common language and common processes to help us not only move from point A to point B, but to connect with and bring out the best in people. But let’s be honest: some of Cru’s frameworks and models have met with mixed review. Since we’re on this honesty kick, here’s my confession: When I was introduced to PrEFACE as a new staff member on a summer project … Read More

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