Author - dougleslie

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Our Racial Conundrum
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New Year, Same Everything Else
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Are You A #BigTentChristian?
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Influence Is NOT An Absolute
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Growing Up Is Hard To Do

Our Racial Conundrum

For those who read this blog post, please know that l am first and foremost a believer in the awesomeness of Jesus Christ and have devoted my life to declaring his name (and awesomeness) among all peoples. I primarily work this out by working with mostly smaller churches and ministry nonprofits through the Association of Christian Nonprofits.  That being said, I follow many christian leaders on social media and absorb a lot of differing views[…]

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New Year, Same Everything Else

    As we enter the new 2018 calendar year, all one sees on social media is the hype and glad handing of “making this your best year yet”. Best at what exactly, existing? The constant desire to be seen and heard and  known for an endless array of encouragement and self-propagated wisdom is a dangerous road to travel for the christian leader. Our role, if it be anything at all, is to point the[…]

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Are You A #BigTentChristian?

    I am sometimes asked how widely diverse we are aiming for our membership to be. My answer will always be, “As wide and deep as we can be.”  To not open our doors to the vast variety of the different “streams” of belief and practice is short sighted and damaging to the overall health and influence of God’s church. This mindset that asks the question in the first place, with an underlying concern[…]

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Influence Is NOT An Absolute

I realize it is a “Duh” statement, but this concept of ‘Influence’ is not an absolute. In other words, you don’t simply have influence because you exist. After more than 20 years of gaining increasing amounts of influence in others’ lives and behaviors, I have come to realize that most who want to increase their influence, don’t because of a few simple and misunderstood reasons. Influence is based on relationship. Whether real or perceived, the[…]

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Growing Up Is Hard To Do

  Actor and realist, Marlon Brando is quoted as saying, “Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It’s a bum’s life. Quitting acting, that’s the sign of maturity.” And although I really cannot speak to the reasoning that happens in an actor’s brain, Mr. Brando is on to something. Maturity is less about attainment, and more about attitude. As christians, we need to learn from this view. For many, our personal platforms and ability[…]

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