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My kids and I were watching Iron Man a few weeks ago when my son asked, “When does Iron Man sleep?” Together we reasoned that the arc reactor in his chest meant that Tony Stark needed very little sleep. After all, the arc reactor is a virtually self-sustaining power source. Forget 5-hour energy shots, Iron Man has a much longer battery life than that. If only we all had self-sustaining resources.

While personal sustainability is a rare reality, self-sustainability is an outright myth. Our Creator designed us to need more than we can provide ourselves. We are sustained only by wise choices and meaningful relationships with those around us.

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You’ve probably heard that goals should be SMART – specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-sensitive. That sounds smart. But one thing that lots of people miss is that goals need to be challenging. A great goal should feel attainable, but only with effort. The question is, “How much effort?” Like Goldilocks, we don’t want goals

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The authors of Resilient Ministry share five key themes for ministry vitality, the third of which includes emotional intelligence. As my friend and fellow faculty member at Western Seminary Norm Thiesen says, emotional intelligence is the single biggest determining factor for the long-term success of a pastor. Norm should know, since he’s a psychologist as

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What happens when a well-meaning Anglo couple invites their new Middle Eastern neighbors over for dinner in hopes of establishing a supportive relationship? Practically every move the host couple makes in order to create trust actually backfires and causes the guests to be offended and confused. From the decision to dress casually to encouraging the

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I get a lot of questions (and quite a few comments) about coaching, especially what you might call “Christian coaching.” Through the years I’ve noticed that many of the questions stem from a handful of myths that have cropped up along the way and afflict coaches and non-coaches alike. These myths create unnecessary confusion, resistance,

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I’ve been reading the latest book from Andy Crouch, Playing God: ——. Crouch is the editor at Christianity Today and an all-around great thinker. In his latest book he explores the ins and outs of a topic that seems to get neglected, coveted, or misunderstood: power. One of the lessons I most valued was Crouch’s

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