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Our Response to Fear Square

Our Response to Fear

Let’s talk about fear. It is a very recognizable emotion, and one that most people connect with quickly. We all understand what it is like to be afraid. When one of my children comes running into the room wide-eyed and crying I can immediately recognize “fear.” And soon, after a comforting hug, what is my…

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Jurie Kriel ATX Leader

Conversations with ATX Leaders Part II: Jurie Kriel

As we dive in to part two of an ongoing conversation with Jurie Kriel, we explore how communities of faith will respond during this season.  Pastor of 5Twelve Church in downtown Austin, Jurie reflects on his this crisis has forced the church to answer the question, “What is the church?”  This rethinking of Church has…

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Leading Through Confusion

Leading Through Confusion

  “Consistency is the key to success.”   While attributed to a variety of authors and speakers, this sentiment has been around for ages.  When aiming for a goal most any size action, done over time, in a healthy rhythm leads to success.  We know this applies to all branches of leadership – the results…

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Britt Harris ATX Leader

Conversations with ATX Leaders Part II: Britt Harris

If someone had told you fifteen years ago that you would be taking off your shoes, your belt, and having your whole family be searched in order to be admitted to the airport, you most likely would not have believed them. Now those practices are assumed and accepted as safe and essential.  When society passes…

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A Work of Love in Progress

“I love you.” We all say it but God means it. Simply put, in one of the greatest acts of love, God made man in His own image, an image meant to reflect God’s glory back to Him. Man walked in harmony with God. But when man chose self-will over divine will, man sinned and…

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False Responsibilities

  On the birthday of humanity, God creates male and female. Then we read, “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the…

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ATX Leader Richard Dooley

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Richard Dooley

We are told over 150 times through scripture to “remember” or “recall” God’s faithfulness.  What does that have to do with strategic investments, treasury management and working capital?  Let’s find out.  Join us for a refreshing conversation with Co-Owner and Partner of Pope, Shamsie & Dooley, LLP, Richard Dooley. “Ironically we built a new building…

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Mark Westerfield and Keith Ferguson

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Mark Westerfield & Keith Ferguson

Have you ever asked yourself, “Can churches actually work together?”  Join us for a challenging conversation about what it looks like to be the Church with an uppercase “C”.  Joined by Mark Westerfield of Central Baptist Church and Keith Ferguson of CityView Church we get a glimpse into the work God is doing in Round…

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ATX Leaders Christie and David Gonzales

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Christie and David Gonzales

When was the last time you had your hair cut? Behind the pandemic memes about hairdressers and barbers are real employees being guided by real leaders. Christie and David Gonzales, Owners of Academy Hair Design & BeVelle Barber School, join ABBA for a candid conversation as we examine how you lead in a sea of…

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Reset by Rene Green

Reset

  Everywhere we look today, with every connection we make, every phone conversation or (more and more often) every Zoom meeting we have, we see our “hearts and hands raised” in a new prayer – “Hear Us, O Lord.”   Fear and a growing level of uncertainty are all around us. What was “normal” weeks…

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