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The Collaborative & Ticonderoga Pencils: Tools for the Common Good of Orlando

The Ticonderoga pencil is a simple tool for writing. To its manufacturers, it is the "the #1, most recognized, and revered pencil throughout America and the world." A bit plucky for a pencil, perhaps? For our work at The Collaborative, the Ticonderoga...
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A Technological Confession

The Collaborative was energized by our visit from Andy Crouch in February. The author, blogger, and presenter executed twelve speaking engagements in five short days! Every audience he touched, whether they be seminary professors, faith and work leaders in Orlando,...
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America Needs Work

Many conversations about work, particularly with regards to corporate decisions, seem to be about the dollars and cents of the bottom line.  No one is suggesting that profits are not an important part of one's business plan. However, it should...
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Too Easily Pleased

There are two fundamental truths about who we are in our very being that are at odds with one another. We are both made in God’s image, reflecting something about him and his glory in a way that makes us...
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America! America!

America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law! -America the Beautiful (Katharine Lee Bates) It had been a long glorious morning full of adrenaline, symbolism, and splendid pomp and circumstance. Then we...
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ONE HELL OF A YEAR FOR #GENXERS

2016 had all the potential of being one of those watershed years of life because the big 4-0 was upon me. While my birthday came and went, the significance of 2016 seems to be the unusually large number of pop...
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Redemptive Resolutions

The sugarplums have danced, presents are unwrapped (some even returned), trash cans are bulging along with our waistlines, and there are three days remaining in 2016. Now that we have finished our Christmas lists, most Americans turn to compiling a...
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DO YOUR SPIRITS NEED REVIVING?

As mentioned last week singing familiar songs can become monotonous and it was this very problem that inspired Isaac Watts to pen Joy to the World.  For believers thoughts and celebrations of Christmas should always done in light of the cross....
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THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY GOT IT RIGHT

Music and specifically carols are such a wonderful part of the Christmas season.  Like anything else, singing very familiar songs can become rote, but beginning today I would encourage you to really pay attention to the lyrics.  So many of...
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The Abundant Life

We are all striving for the elusive "abundant life" or longing to flourish. The culture defines this as success in terms of power, position, and wealth. It should be no surprise that this is not how Christ describes success. However,...
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WE ARE ALL ECONOMISTS

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday setting all kinds of sales records this year, it is hard to escape just how monetized the Christmas season has become. Whether or not you participated in these shopping extravaganzas, this time of year...
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THANKSGIVING VS THANKS-LIVING

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a British, Baptist preacher who was a great orator of his time and was known as the “Prince of Preachers.”  He remains popular today as he is well regarded and read across denominational lines especially among...

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