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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Modern-Day Pauls

Modern-Day Pauls

The earliest Greek philosophers asked three fundamental questions: What is motion? What is life? What is being? Many thought that there was one primary answer that addressed all three questions. Thales, one of the seven sages of Greece, suggested the answer was “water.” Strange thought process, but not a bad attempt. Heraclitus, known as The Weeping Philosopher, said that the answer was “change.” He stated, “No man steps in the same river twice.” Parmenides disagreed, claiming that change was impossible. … Read More

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Fear, Faith, and Failure as an Artist…and Hope for the Rest of Us, Too!

Fear, Faith, and Failure as an Artist…and Hope for the Rest of Us, Too!

All creation reflects something about the creator, and I believe the best art comes from deeply personal places. Visual art students mold, paint, sculpt, draw, or design their hopes, dreams, and desires. And it’s due next week. On Tuesday, they will put their souls on display as professors and classmates tell them how right or wrong their creations are. Mastering techniques and learning concepts are important and are a necessary process in education. However, if you are studying math and … Read More

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The Long View on Discipleship: The Gospel, the Good, and Kingdom Living

The Long View on Discipleship: The Gospel, the Good, and Kingdom Living

Senior Day is an important day in any campus movement.  It is the day we honor the faithful service of the seniors as they finish their undergraduate careers, it is the day that we model what kind of student we hope to develop as they are involved with Cru, and it is the day to celebrate endings and new beginnings.  At our senior day at Stanford (really it was a ceremonious weekly meeting) I would give the same 5-minute speech … Read More

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