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Sounds Like Kindness

September 22, 2014
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Sounds Like Kindness

I recently posted on my Facebook page the meme featured here with a quote by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I added the question, "What do you think of this, friends?" A hearty conversation ensued. And I am generally quite proud of my friends and followers because they don't back down from a good discussion,…

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3 Signs You Might Not Actually Believe in Hell

August 28, 2014
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3 Signs You Might Not Actually Believe in Hell

  The list is below, but to start the convo, I invite you to first watch this 2 minute clip from Seinfeld: If you are a Christian, here are three signs that you MIGHT NOT actually believe in hell.  (I am not arguing whether or not there is a hell.  I am just discussing what…

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It Needs to Look Like Love

August 20, 2014
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It Needs to Look Like Love

Yesterday, I posted the following on my Facebook page: How would you advise someone whose lover a) demands strict adherence to a set of rules or else, and b) uses life's disappointments and tragedies as ways of getting their attention, and c) claims to have stood by as a murder took place--when Read more [...]

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15 Things That Make Me Happy

August 15, 2014
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15 Things That Make Me Happy

  My monthly gratitude list: Emails, notes, text-messages and phone calls from my kids. Every evening, a man who lives in an apartment across the street from my building in San Diego is out front with his broom and dustpan, sweeping the humble sidewalk.  It may be that he is paid to Read more [...]

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Weary of the threat. In love with the miracle.

May 27, 2014
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Weary of the threat. In love with the miracle.

"What sorrow awaits you."  This is a phrase recorded in the Gospels, and attributed to Jesus.  He said it over and over and over. Do you know who the "you" is?  Who has sorrow awaiting them--in Christ's eyes? In Matthew 23, Christ is talking to the enforcers of the law, the very law from which…

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The (FREE) first chapter of my new book:

The (FREE) first chapter of my new book:

Below is the first chapter of my new book, "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life," now available on Amazon.com. These short stories capture my dissertation findings. The book also includes a study-guide and analysis that might serve educators, counselors, clergy and aid workers Read more [...]

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Are You Hard-Headed or Heart-Headed? (5 Q’s reveal the answer)

April 25, 2014
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Are You Hard-Headed or Heart-Headed? (5 Q’s reveal the answer)

  Hopefully we all have passion, conviction and principles. But as we engage with others, do we allow these passions to make us better, smarter and stronger? Or do they diminish our essence? Here are five questions I ask myself  in an attempt to be heart-headed instead of hard-headed:     Have Read more [...]

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Why a Donkey?

April 13, 2014
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Why a Donkey?

Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem is celebrated and remembered by many people today. The idea of the Christ riding on a donkey as people declare, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord," strikes me in a new and fresh way today. Whether you take the account as fact or allegory, I…

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Invite Delight: Creating space for conversations that matter

April 5, 2014
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Invite Delight: Creating space for conversations that matter

Is the space around you beautiful? I didn’t ask if it was fancy or expensive or lavish, I asked if it was beautiful. For example, Ugandans tend to keep their yards swept clean.  Even if the space around the home is mostly dirt, they use the dried fronds of the mukonzkonz (“moo-CONES-cones”) Read more [...]

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When do we become good?

April 1, 2014
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When do we become good?

On a recent episode of NPR's "This American Life," this question was posed: "When do people become bad?" A professor very wisely replied that he thought that this was the wrong question. He offered instead that the question should be: When do people become good? I think I agree. Perhaps our focus on Read more…

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Nathaniel is CEO of AidChild.org. He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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