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Peace and Joy

Peace and Joy

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the…

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Work Trauma

Work Trauma

The majority of my education and training in pastoral counseling focused on major issues within the family system and systemic oppression.  Cycles of abuse, neglect, childhood formation, gender roles, physical trauma, and so many other GIGANTIC issues that impact our psyche and leave us spending most of our adulthood either perpetuating these dysfunctions, rebounding through…

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Work Grief Blog by Jennifer Mazzola

Work Grief

  “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand.” Psalm 10:14 We were recently interviewing a panel of Austin business men.  They were sharing stories about leadership, their faith, and their experiences as their roles shifted and changed throughout their career.  One of them mentioned…

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Tending the Sheep

Tending the Sheep

One of my favorite facets of the story of David centers around 1 Samuel 16, the anointing of David by the prophet Samuel.  The Lord sends Samuel to the family of Jesse. After looking over seven of the possible future kings Samuel asks, “Are these all the sons you have?”   “There is still the…

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A Crisis of Faith

A Crisis of Forgiveness

Christ, the epitome of a servant leader, humbled himself to the depths of human pain in his death on the cross.  His death was the ultimate lynching. Even still, he forgave us all. He gave us an example of how we are to respond.   Lynchings, mob killings in which the victim is denied humane treatment…

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Let's Not Forget

Let’s Not Forget

  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)   Have you ever noticed how during times when we find ourselves frightened and unsure we turn to what matters most; however, when things feel safe and secure again we drift back into our own worlds?…

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Britt Harris ATX Leader

Conversations with ATX Leaders Part III: Britt Harris

For the first time in world history the words were uttered, “Shut everything down.”  The US economy had no precedence, no model to apply for the economic impact of our response to COVID-19. “The numbers were outside anybody’s reason,” Britt Harris, President, CEO, and CIO of The University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Company (UTIMCO), remarks…

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Jurie Kriel ATX Leader

Conversations with ATX Leaders Part III: Jurie Kriel

“Petrol and wood are different elements but when you add a match they both ignite.” remarks Jurie Kriel, Pastor of 5 Twelve City Church. The pandemic and racial tension may seem like separate issues but few would deny they are feeding into one another.  How are Christian leaders supposed to respond?   “Leadership is essentially…

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Best Friends

  How did your best friend get to be your best friend?  I’m guessing that you spent a lot of time together, that you shared many adventures and misadventures.  You listened to one another, encouraged one another, sometimes corrected one another.  You were there for each other in good times and bad.  You got to…

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Out of the Darkness by Rene Green

Out of the Darkness

 “The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light. A light has risen for those who live in a land overshadowed by death.” Matthew 4:16 (GW)   One of our most important missions as Christians is to share hope and comfort in all things and all times. Especially in times like these. Sharing that…

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