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Tough Conversations

I’ve been in some tough conversations recently. I’ve had opportunities to learn, or re-learn, or un-learn. Opportunities to examine my beliefs and either re-think or hold myself accountable. I’ve also had opportunities to engage in arguments. Maybe you’ve had similar encounters. And maybe, like me, you’ve wondered why these discussions so frequently devolve into verbal […]

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About Lines

It seems lots of folks are drawing lines these days. Everywhere I look I see lines about US and THEM. Here’s the line: you’re either on my side, or the wrong side. Those who draw them are certain they’re absolute, true, and righteous, but in fact they’re mostly opinions transformed into hard-and-fast rules, unnecessary false […]

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Freedom & Truth

I told you last time about our team’s ZOOM conversations. Dick Foth said he wanted to discuss freedom. He began with Jesus’ words: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” So there’s a chain: obedience –> truth –> freedom. It’s […]

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Extra Weight

Cyclists deplore extra weight. Serious riders go to great lengths – and spend lots of money – to remove every unnecessary ounce. Especially during climbs, seemingly small grams make a big difference. So it’s a big deal when we ask every FREEDOM TOUR participant to carry two stones with them during the journey. It’s a […]

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Prophetic Voices

It’s as if he wrote this quote just for us. “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Wheels, spokes, and victims of injustice – the perfect bumper sticker slogan for the FREEDOM TOUR, written by […]

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Magic Bullets

We all want them. Overnight success. Viral ideas. Instant vaccines. Magic bullets are illusions, of course. Overnight success springs “magically” from lots of sleepless nights, crumpled papers, and cold coffee. Successful ideas almost always rest on a string of “failures.” The scientific method doesn’t care about expediency. Skip steps and you might get faster results, […]

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