May 23 – Learning To Lead

Many in America believe we have a leadership crisis, but what we have is a followership crisis. We have forgotten how to be good followers. We have forgotten how to choose good leaders.

What makes a good follower? A good follower is a good seeker of the Truth. A good follower tests what those who would lead him say and do. If a potential leader’s words are not in accord with his or her deeds, a good follower continues his search.

Here in Beejai’s post we have an explanation of Christian leadership, an explanation given with example of Christ. If we want to learn how to follow the example of Christ, then we must choose leaders from among us who are worthy of imitation, men and women who lead by serving others.


Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. (John 13:3-5)

Read: 2 Samuel 2:12-3:39, John 13:1-30, Psalm 119:1-16, Proverbs 15:29-30

Relate: “Who is the leader there?” One of my mentors asked me that question when I was being a bit stupid early on in my days out of college. I had recently moved down from Rochester to Binghamton NY. In part it was to kick start a college ministry group that in the past year had “grown” from over sixty down to about five. I had known and been friends with quite a few of…

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the Russians are coming…

Why is the news media and the Democratic Party fixated on the Trump campaign’s supposed collusion with the Russians? Where is the evidence that created the need for a special prosecutor? If a special prosecutor actually found some evidence of collusion, what would be the charge? What did the Russians do to affect our elections that any two-bit hacker could not have done?

And still, the people most responsible for skewing our elections (From out the blue, to make certain the Republican nominee was beatable, the news media gave Trump disproportionate news coverage.) are still all a twitter about Russian meddling.


Russia is a riddle
wrapped in a mystery
inside an enigma.

Winston Churchill

The Russians are coming, The Russians are coming….
is the title of a 1966 comedic spoof based on the accidental beaching of a Russian sub
off the coast of a small fictional New England island town during the midst
of the Cold War.
The film stared Alan Arkin and Carl Reiner so you can only imagine the off the chain humor.

Fast forwarding all these many years later and history oddly seems to be repeating itself,
but this time it’s not over a comedic movie yet we can still hear that familiar war cry…
that the Russians are coming…

I’ve really tried, really really I have tried, to ignore the latest brouhaha concerning
Mother Russia and all things Russian…
all the latest “did they, didn’t they” sort of mumbo jumbo that is currently consuming all
things political…

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Remember when Obama wanted to give the Russians our Missile Defense Codes??

I decided to reblog this for two reasons.
1. This is a reminder. We have a bunch of people criticizing President Trump. Why? What motivates them? They want another Obama? What Obama did often made very little sense. When we look at what the Obama administration accomplished, what can we point to that actually worked as advertised? Frankly, when Obama got elected the second time I was dumbfounded. I still don’t understand it. What was there to be gained that did not cost us more than it was worth? Trump may not be great, but he seems to be improving things instead of tearing them down.

2. Here is an example. It relates to the controversy over Russia’s meddling in our elections Obama’s reset with Russia was a complete an utter and complete disaster. Secretary of State H. Clinton could not even get photo shoot with the Russians right. She just had to get one word translated correctly, and she could not do that. Is it any wonder Russia had no fear of us.

BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

Recall a few short years ago, Obama cancels efforts for a missile Defense for Europe. Because, we had this restart thing that was working swell for Russia, not so much for the United States. How about our codes? No, I am not kidding you. I give you this from an old post of mine from 2014 – and Trump is inexperienced?
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Why does The Obama Administration Want to Give Moscow our Missile Defense Codes?
The key is Obama has to make it look good that the  negotiations with Putin have paid off and that he has not been played for a fool.”
Reuters report on a Congressional hearing about the Obama Administration considering giving Putin’s Russia access to our Missile Defense Codes.

The Reuters report, “Obama mulls giving Moscow data on missile defense”  had these disturbing revelations from   testimony by   Deputy Assistant Defense…

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God’s child

Perhaps I am being presumptuous. I don’t have the permission of the ladies who wrote these posts, and the thought is my own. Nevertheless, I tend to think of God’s child as a companion piece to RESISTANCE? Why? Well, if we deny the humanity of another person — if we hate them just for not being in accord with what we want — then we must give up our rights as a child of God.


The flowers of the earth do no grudge at one another,
though one be more beautiful and fuller of virtue than another;
but they stand kindly one by another, and enjoy one
another’s virtue.

Jakob Boehme

(Bocce balls in the sand / Rosemary Beach / Julie Cook / 2017)

“Who hates his neighbor has not the rights of a child.”
And not only has he no rights as a child, he has no “father”.
God is not my father in particular, or any man’s father (horrible presumption and madness!);
no, He is only father in the sense of father of all,
and consequently only my father in so far as He is the father of all.
When I hate someone or deny God is his father,
it is not he who loses, but I:
for then I have no father.

Søren Kierkegaard

This is how we know who the children…

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