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Author: Uli Chi

During his adult life, Uli Chi has lived and worked in the intersection between business, the academy and the church. He has had the privilege of serving as past Board Chair of Regent College in Vancouver, BC, as current Vice Chair of the Board of the Max De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Seminary, and as current Chair of the Executive Committee of the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University. He has also been involved in all aspects of local church leadership, including as a member of the adult ministries team’s teaching faculty at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle.

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Four lit Advent candles

Leadership Wisdom – You are the Light of the World

Isn’t Jesus the light of the world? In what sense are we?

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A salt shaker full of salt

Leadership Wisdom – You are the Salt of the Earth

How does being “salt” relate to our work of being leaders?

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A Prayer for Election Season

May the words of this prayer be at the forefront of our minds as we enter the voting booth, engage in political conversations, and seek to love our neighbors.

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The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, public domain.

Finding Joy in Work

God alone is the source of our joy, in our work as in everything else. Our joys are like a metaphorical tree, where God is both the root and trunk. All else in our lives, including our work, are like the branches, leaves, and fruit. No joy in our lives is sustainable apart from being rooted in and connected to God. [And] because God calls us to be his servants, all work serves his purpose and therefore has ultimate meaning, even when we can’t make sense of it here and now.

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Pentecostés by Juan Bautista Mayno, ca. 1615-1620. Public Domain.

Depth Perception

Human beings were created for community. As the creation account reminds us, when God said of Adam, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). One of God’s greatest gifts of being human is the gift of the other… We need others to help us rightly see the world around us. Without other perspectives, our view of the world flattens out. Without different perspectives, we lose vital nuance and depth.

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All Souls Church in London

God’s Construction Project – Part 2

Are we willing to sacrifice for the flourishing of our local church, the relational community and the institution which embodies it?

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house under construction

God’s Construction Project – Part 1

As today’s text says, God is constructing a house made of “living stones.”

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Watercolor (“Memories of Mattie”) and digital image courtesy of Gayle Chi © 2015

Tilling Faith

The complex and nuanced work of a watercolor artist reminds me of the importance of learning how to faithfully engage my work with skillful use of the “palette of colors” of my vocation.

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King David in Prayer by Pieter de Grebber

The Discipline of Sleep

A biblical vision of leadership recognizes the importance of human agency but understands its limitations. In the end, it is the LORD who “sustains” us and our work.

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Grape vineyards in Piedmont, Italy.

Making Great Wine

Great leaders rarely develop in isolation. As today’s text from the Apostle Paul reminds us, character is formed by enduring suffering.

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Kandinsky's Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles

Keeping Faith

Hypocrisy is high on the list of critiques about religious people. As leaders who claim to follow Jesus, we are susceptible to being criticized for not “walking the talk.” And, rightly so.

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Advent Candles © 2020 Uli Chi

Leadership Wisdom – You are the Light of the World

Isn’t Jesus the light of the world? In what sense are we?

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A salt shaker

Leadership Wisdom – You are the Salt of the Earth

How does being “salt” relate to our work of being leaders?

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Buy this Bull © 2008 Uli Chi

Leadership Wisdom – The Problem of Persecution (Part 2)

How do we live faithfully in a secular world?

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Jeremiah Thrown into a Prison by the People of King Zedekiah (Marc Chagall, 1956)

Leadership Wisdom – The Problem of Persecution (Part 1)

In a fearful and paranoid culture, how do we avoid an unwarranted persecution complex?

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