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How the Enneagram Created a Hero Dad Moment

enneagram self-awareness Jun 11, 2020

One year ago, this happened:

When I was flying home from the Detroit airport, I didn’t expect to create a hero dad moment for my teenage daughter, but that’s what happened. I have the Enneagram to thank…and Jerry from Parks and Recreation. Let me explain.

I was returning home from a training course on the Enneagram called “Motions of the Soul,” by Clare and Scott Loughrige, authors of the new book, Spiritual Rhythms of the Enneagram. As a Gallup Certified...

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How COVID-19 Helped Me with Racism

self-awareness Jun 08, 2020

As a White man, I don’t know what it is to NOT be White. My boys are Brown, adopted from the Philippines. I don’t know what it is to be Brown or adopted.

My nephews are Black and adopted, I don’t know what it is to be either. But I do know there’s an uncertainty that is part of fear for the future of these boys.

It's a fear of unpermitted opportunities. A fear of prejudiced judgments. A fear of aggression against. A fear of unfair standards.

It’s a fear I DO NOT...

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Accept the Invitation When It's Offered

self-awareness May 28, 2020

Yesterday I walked in the dew with my shoes off. I did this to feel alive, but it almost didn’t happen.

You see, after I eat breakfast, I’m on my way upstairs to get ready for work. My wife asks if I would see her garden. She’s been pulling and planting for days now, her vegetable garden in our backyard.

It won’t take much for me to visit her garden. But I hesitate—I’m already thinking of the work tasks to tackle when I sit down at my desk. They are so...

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Complete Message: What difference does the Ascension make today?

faith May 23, 2020

In celebrating the Ascension of Christ, we've created smaller bite-sized videos. Enter into the wonder of the Ascension in smaller pieces or watch this longer video (35 mins) to get them all at once.

The videos are:

Let us celebrate Jesus the King.

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Part 3: How can we follow Christ as our Ascension Leader?

faith May 23, 2020

As you know, we're counting down the days until Ascension Sunday so we can celebrate what the Ascension is all about.

In this video, we answer, "How can we follow Christ as our Ascension Leader?"

We created a series of videos to celebrate Jesus the King. You can watch bite-sized messages or the entire message:

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Part 2: What does the Ascension say about Christ?

faith May 22, 2020

We're counting down the days until Ascension Sunday.

In this video, we see what the Ascension says about Christ.

We created a series of videos to celebrate Jesus the King. You can watch bite-sized messages or the entire message:

 Want to explore salvation, intimacy with God, and impact...

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Part 1: What is the Ascension?

faith May 22, 2020

This Sunday is Ascension Sunday, so we're going to count down until that day. Although the Ascension was a major event in the life of Jesus, not many of us pay much attention to it.

We think of the major events of Christ's life:

  • Christmas (the birth of Christ)
  • Good Friday (the death of Christ)
  • Easter (the resurrection of Christ)

And we forget the Ascension. But the Ascension matters a lot.

We created a series of videos to celebrate Jesus the King. You can watch bite-sized messages or the...

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My Little Secret About Personality Assessments

I’ve been pushing a few personality assessments lately. Specifically, Strengths and the Enneagram. But here’s my little secret…it’s not really about the assessments. It's about The Four Pursuits. Here's what I mean by that.

Sure, I enjoy connecting with you over learning opportunities like:

But these opportunities are a...

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Comparison of Strengths and the Enneagram

The great author Annie Dillard wrote, “You were made and set here to give voice to this—to your own astonishment.” We have several of her books at our creek-side cabin, particularly because she writes of her own creek with such intricate detail and breathless joy that you feel you want to participate in the fellowship of the creek with her.

And so we do, and many lines from her writings stick with me. One of them is the above. She suggests, even urges us to give voice to...

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Questions on Strengths and the Enneagram

enneagram strengths Apr 28, 2020

Lots of people have been asking us questions about Strengths and the Enneagram.

Some came from our introductory webinar on the intersection of both tools. Some came from our next-level webinar on taking a deeper dive. Some came from our Enneagram workshop. Some will come from our Strengths workshop. Either way, they're good questions.

(If you have a question, you can submit one the bottom of this page.)

If you had one tool to use first, which one would you choose and why?

I would use...

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