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Focusing on the attitudes with which we attempt to do church has the potential to guard against the dangers that inevitably accompany any attempt to impose on a community the kind of one-size-fits-all programming that inevitably ends up doing violence to the community.

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In the “Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids” (Matthew 25:1-13) the marriage feast is an allegory for the kingdom of heaven. Christ is the bridegroom. There is a joining, a marriage of the opposites in one’s being.

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Last week in a post called “Powerful Leadership” I mentioned two qualities that Susan Adams believes she sees in Barack Obama that help make him a powerful leader. He is, she suggests, a good listener and willing to compromise.

In response two people, one in the comments section on this blog and another in a private email, suggested they would add to these two characteristics the quality of authenticity as an essential ingredient in powerful leadership.
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