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Ed Jordan: Achieving Our Dreams

Dreams are not fulfilled merely by wishful thinking; they are fulfilled through dreaming, planning specific steps to move us toward completion, and then hard work and commitment to fulfill the dream one segment at a time.

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Ed Jordan: Life is But a Swim

One of my favorite books is The Challenge of Change in Organizations: Helping Employees Thrive in the New Frontier by Nancy J. Barger and Linda K. Kirby. It really is a great book, even if the title leaves you saying: “Really?” It was written in 1995, and change and me have a long history—which isn’t over yet.

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Ed Jordan: Wagons Ho!

One of my favorite books is The Challenge of Change in Organizations: Helping Employees Thrive in the New Frontier by Nancy J. Barger and Linda K. Kirby. It really is a great book, even if the title leaves you saying: “Really?” It was written in 1995, and change and me have a long history—which isn’t over yet.

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Jim Somerville: Have We Lost All Fear?

I saw another one of those graphs recently. I try to avoid them, but I saw one.  Someone had slipped it into an otherwise helpful article about the church in America. There it was: a graph making it painfully clear that Sunday morning worship attendance continues to slide as fewer and fewer people take the trouble to get up, shine their shoes, and come to church.

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Ed Jordan: The Gift of Vision

It is always things like this that bring us back to the reality that God created us with such phenomenal capabilities—like eyes that can see what a camera cannot.

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Ed Jordan: Who is Your Role Model?

Reflect for a moment about what characteristics or traits you believe an ideal human should demonstrate in daily life. What characteristics would such a person embody? Think of a particular person you have encountered who positively influenced or shaped your life.

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Ed Jordan: Is the Heat On?

The premise of applying and maintaining just the right amount of heat in cooking a meal is not a new idea, but applying this premise to the maintenance of organizational health is rather novel and insightful.

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Ed Jordan: Adapt or Burst!

Adapting requires finding new ways to do things, new ways to organize, or even new ways to get the job done without building an organizational structure.

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Ed Jordan: The Gain and Loss of Jesus’ Cross

Last week I attended a wonderful conference led by Tod Bolsinger in Newport News. The theme was about change in organizations and how to lead people into uncharted waters. We were exploring the resistance which surfaces in a system or organization that is being led into changes in functioning to become more effective. One of the statements that Dr. Bolsinger shared was: “People don’t resist change; they resist loss.”

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Ed Jordan: A Love to Die For

In our excitement we quickly jump over the horrendous things that Jesus experienced during the last days of his earthly life. Furthermore, we seem to have overlooked Jesus’ deep love for us.

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Ed Jordan: Failure Is Not an Option

Failure was not among the options in the ministry of Jesus. This same Jesus is alive today in his church. So don’t lose heart. Remember whose you are and that the church is the living presence of Jesus in the community! Death may seem to be winning, but Easter is coming!

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