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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Over the many seasons of my life I have entertained a wide range of attitudes regarding Lent. I can recall my earliest elementary school years when it was an incredible opportunity to draw praise from parents and teachers alike. Those were the days in which we were called just to give up something. That wasn’t fun all by itself. But I soon learned that bigger the apparent sacrifice I chose, the more my praises would be sung by parents and teachers alike. Ah hah! As a competitive example of the male gender, a big Lenten sacrifice inevitably provided me ...

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Your Lenten invitation

Posted on February 18, 2020 in: Articles

If you go to church on Ash Wednesday – next Wednesday, Feb. 26 – as so many people do, you will hear an invitation to fully participate in Lent. It’s the opening verses of the first reading, taken from the book of Joel. Scholars tell us it was most likely composed in 450-400 BC, meaning it has been waiting for you to respond for a long, long time. Here is what you will hear. Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute It started out as an idea last year for how my wife, Jane, and I might do something together during Lent that would help us get to know the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles better – and also to better develop the heart and mind of Jesus, which is the real purpose of Lent. Then, the more I thought about it, the more I came to think that we ought to share our idea with our readers. We did and some liked it. So we’ve updated it to match this year’s Lenten dates. Maybe it’s something you want to do with your spouse or a friend or even a small gro...

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The Most Rev. James P. Powers, head of the Diocese of Superior in Wisconsin, has agreed to serve as Episcopal Advisor to the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, according to an announcement from the institute this week. Bishop Powers replaces the Most Reverend Francis J. Kane, retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “Bishop Kane has served us from our inception, and after he retired he graciously agreed to stay on as our Episcopal Advisor until we could find another bishop to serve in that capacity,” said Dr. Owen Phelps, Executive Director of the Yeshua Institute. “W...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Spot quiz: Do you know why so many leaders in homes, workplaces, churches and communities have such bad reputations? Answer: They’ve earned them. Consider these statistics taken from a 2018 survey: only 30% of employees see their CEO as having the qualities of a moral leader; only 14% said their leaders almost always acknowledge their failings, and, only 6% said that their leaders ask for help in a way that exposes their vulnerability. Meanwhile, the introduction to the study noted: “U.S. workers across all industries and occupations ye...

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Seven things good leaders do everyday

Posted on February 04, 2020 in: Articles

One of our favorite sources of good Christian leadership information is the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, which recently published a story listing seven things good leaders do everyday. Here’s the list: Remember the vision Practice thankfulness Delegate tasks Learn something new Reflect often Spend time with the Lord Listen first But you owe it to yourself to read the whole article and add some flesh to the bones of this list. It’s just a four minute read, and we hope you indulge yourself. Then print and clip this list someplace where you’ll see it daily – like th...

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Pay attention to the little foxes

Posted on February 04, 2020 in: Articles

By Dave Coe Certified Facilitator Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that damage the vineyards; for our vineyards are in bloom!  Song of Songs 2:15 Why pay attention to the little foxes instead of the big ones? Because those “little foxes” – sins -- are progressively sneaky. They have a way of getting under our protective fences, eating the roots of our Christian core values, and eventually killing our entire Vine of Values©. At times they also get under the skin of those we love and those with whom we are trying to build lo...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Do you remember having a teacher who insisted that he or she never made a mistake? I did. I’m guessing she figured she owed it to the profession or for the sake of classroom control. Whatever her reasoning – if any -- she was wrong. Dead wrong. There are some mistakes you just can’t come back from. Yes, they’re the ones you don’t admit. I wonder if my teacher ever learned that. Like yesterday I remember the day like it was yesterday. She was writing on the blackboard and she misspelled a word. As she continued to write, we b...

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When leadership discussions drift to matters of “style,” we generally put on our skeptical spectacles and try to slip quietly out of the room. Our problem is that when you try to reduce effective leadership to a “style,” you’re usually drifting into matters peripheral and ephemeral – silly, superficial stuff that’s nothing more than a veneer trying to cover up inadequate, inferior character. Not so with the results of a study conducted by LearnLoft, a leadership development company which exists to turn managers into leaders. The company studied over 40,000 organizational lead...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute There is quite a bit to learn about becoiming a Jesus-like S3 Leader, but when we are asked to boil it down to key principles, the list below is the one we share. Since we first published it, we've gotten several requests to send it out hither and yon -- and outlining them here struck us as a good way to kick off a new year. 1. Leadership begins on the inside – For all the talk in popular culture about “personal charisma,” projecting an “aurora of leadership” and all the externals that allegedly embody good leadership, the fact is t...

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