Leadership

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The Briefing 01-14-14

President Hollande of France caught in infidelity, blames journalists for violating privacy; USA Today claims evolution is a matter of fact, not beliefRead this essay →

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The Briefing 12-11-13

The power of gesture: What we can and cannot conclude from handshake between Raúl Castro and Obama; Legalize marijuana or harm the environment and suffer…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 12-06-13

Nelson Mandela: One of the most significant figures of the 20th Century; 80th Anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal; Church of Sweden elects first female arch-bishop; Abortion…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 11-25-13

Iran ‘nuclear deal’ a giant step toward Iran becoming de facto nuclear power; Leadership requires both competence and character; The end of the filibuster deals…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 11-07-13

Political shifts indicate moral shifts – New York elects decidedly liberal mayor; Christie wins in a commanding way as McAuliffe wins by surprisingly narrow margin;…Read this essay →

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The Aspirant Nation – A Conversation with Conrad Black

Conrad Black has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001. He is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis,…Read this essay →

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A Culture increasingly Hostile to Men? A Conversation with Psychologist Helen Smith

Dr. Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist and distinguished writer who has written for a variety of publications, including The L.A. Times and Christian Science…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 09-05-13

Nations with greatest influence must have greatest commitment to justice; Christians should never celebrate suicide. Even the suicide of Ariel Castro; Auschwitz guards prosecuted seventy…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-19-13

American foreign policy: speak loudly and carry a very little at all; “Biggest wave of violence against Christians in Egypt’s modern history”; Universal child care…Read this essay →

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Leadership as Stewardship, Part Two

Jesus once told of a wealthy man who went on a long journey. Before the man left, he entrusted his wealth to three servants. To...Read this essay →

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“The Lady’s Not for Turning” — Margaret Thatcher and the Leadership of Conviction

Margaret Thatcher, one of the most significant leaders of the 20th century, died yesterday at age 87. A model of convictional leadership, Margaret Thatcher became...Read this essay →

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Leadership as Stewardship, Part One

Christians are rightly and necessarily concerned about leadership, but many Christians seem to aim no higher than secular standards and visions of leadership. We can...Read this essay →

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The Chicken of the Sea: A Modern Tale of Fear, Failure, and Cowardice

The sight of the giant cruise ship Costa Concordia listing in the deadly embrace of the sea is now a graphic symbol of failure. Its...Read this essay →

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The Cain Mutiny — Character Doesn’t End at the Bedroom Door

We live in a morally confused age, but there is little confusion about the fact that sexual behavior and personal character are inseparable.Read this essay →

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The Prior Scandal — An Absence of Accountability

The expanding scandal now associated with Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta is only the latest to dominate the...Read this essay →

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God, Sex, and “Christianity Lite”

A news report from Washington, D.C. tells the story of vestigial Christianity unhinged from biblical authority. Religion News Service [RNS] reports that many pastors in…Read this essay →

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How to Honor a President

Recent political debates have caused many conservatives to question the integrity and decency of their politically officials.  Fresh news emerges, headlines explode, and convictions that...Read this essay →

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Winston Churchill — Paul Johnson’s Worthy Biography

This past Sunday marked the 45th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, the man widely regarded as the greatest leader of the twentieth...Read this essay →

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Are There Any Heroes Left?

Who were the heroes that captivated your attention as a child?  Who did you want to grow up to be like?  The Bible holds up...Read this essay →

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“Tear Down This Wall” — A Book for Leaders

Communication is one of the central tasks of leadership. No one seemed to know this like Ronald Reagan. Much like Winston Churchill, President Reagan understood...Read this essay →

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The Age of Indiscretions: Moral Credibility and Political Leadership

Just as the skies of Baghdad were illuminated by detonating cruise missles and America braced itself for the impeachment of the President, high drama has...Read this essay →

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Sarah Palin: Where Has She Gone?

Sarah Palin has resigned from the office of Governor or Alaska. Why? Where has she gone and what type of leader leaves office in the...Read this essay →

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A Governor, a King, and the Tragedy of Adultery

The sad spectacle of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford continues to dominate the headlines as further revelations add one bizarre twist after another to the...Read this essay →

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Reading Log, June 15, 2009

I appreciate the fact that many people have found my 2009 Summer Reading List to be helpful.  The list is just a start, of course,...Read this essay →

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Completely Portable Pleasure — The Annual Summer Reading List

Summer represents a golden opportunity for reading -- at least in theory. Most of us create stacks of books we hope to read over the...Read this essay →

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What Would You Say to Graduates?

Commencement addresses are being deliver all across the country in the coming weeks, in venues as varied as grade schools and graduate schools. But what...Read this essay →

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A Prayer for President Obama

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“Golda” — An Incredible Story About an Indomitable Power

With Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni poised to become that nation's next Prime Minister, historical parallels to the late Golda Meir are inevitable.  "Golda," as...Read this essay →

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Ten for the History Books — Summer Reading [Part 2]

History makes for compelling reading precisely because each reader is building a master narrative of the world. The more history we know and understand, the...Read this essay →

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Ten for the History Books — Summer Reading [Part 1]

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading that is both enjoyable and truly informative. Several major books in the category of historical...Read this essay →

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