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    “Touch Is a Human Thing”

    An excerpt from my conversation with the late Eugene Peterson The late Eugene Peterson—poet, Presbyterian pastor, and parser of Semitic-language verbs, who died in 2018—was best known for The Message, a paraphrasing of the Bible into modern American English, complete with idioms. But he also authored some deeply wise books on ministry, some of which—like Under the Unpredictable Plant—number among my favorites. Dr. Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for twenty-nine years before becoming a professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. During his time at Regent, 1992–1998, I had the pleasure of interviewing him as part…

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    Five Book Recommendations for Leaders

    This week, I decided to give myself a break from writing on controversial topics like racism and same-sex marriage, so I'm offering a different sort of fare: some book recommendations. Only one has been publshed in the past year. But these resources keep coming up in my conversations (FYI: only two are overtly Christian): Book #1: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg I first learned of Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, when she did a riveting TEDTalk on Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders. It has now received more than two million hits. She gave some good career advice for women in business to “sit…