Tag Archives: Servanthood

The Public Arena

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Dr. C. Everett Koop was once asked by a reporter how he earned the medals on his uniform. He answered, “The top row is for what liberals did to me, the bottom row is for what conservatives did to me.”  Indeed, few public servants have taken as much flak in recent years as the… Read more »

The First and the Last

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Powerful leaders tend to admire other powerful leaders. In an interview with the New Yorker a few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook (now known as Meta), and one of the richest men in the world, acknowledged his fascination with one of history’s most famous dictators.  The Silicon… Read more »

The Greatest Man in the World

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. When America’s ragtag revolutionary army faced one of its darkest moments, George Washington brought out his secret weapon. His eyeglasses. Things had gone unaccountably well for the colonists in their struggle against the British army, the world’s most elite fighting force.  By the spring of 1783, treaty negotiations would soon guarantee America’s independence.  But… Read more »

Pick Up a Broom

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Michael Simone, a pastor in Virginia, calls it Broom Theology. As a young man Simone worked for a trucking company.  On slow days at the warehouse, when there weren’t many trucks to load, he and his friends would tend to stand around. That’s when one of the older warehouse bosses would always say,… Read more »

Get Out and Help Push

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There wasn’t much glamor associated with stagecoach travel in the Old West. The “roads” were dusty, miserable, and subject to radical changes of elevation.  The food was lousy.  The weather inside the coach was pretty much the same as the weather outside.  In the pre-shock absorber era, sleep was nearly impossible.  And there was always the potential drama of an encounter… Read more »


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It’s possible that Rehoboam, the fourth king of ancient Israel, never saw it coming.  Who knew that the outcome of his entire reign would come down to one defining moment? Rehoboam came to the throne upon the death of his father Solomon.  As told in I Kings 12, the people of Israel approach him with a demand: “Your father put… Read more »