Category Archives: thoughts by Mark Buchanan

What Make the Wise, Wise?

Most real wisdom, the deep stuff, is formed in a crucible. Are you in a crucible? Are you going through something right now that threatens to embitter you? Continue reading

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Leading in a Storm

How do you lead a business or family or church in times of hardship, conflict and crisis, so that everyone comes out the other side stronger, wiser, better? Continue reading

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The Remedy for Chaos

“Be still, and know that I am God..”  Psalm 46:10 I’ve felt overwhelmed a few times this past while – caught in the too little, too late, too many, too much syndrome.  More than once, my time or wisdom or … Continue reading

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Just Say the Word

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Where Grace Abounds?

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The Kingdom of God is Like…

I spoke at a conference a while ago.  Two events had a deep impact on me, both on a single night.  The first was the baptism of three Iranian women,  “Persian“, as they prefer to be called.  The second was … Continue reading

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Redeem the Time

by Mark Buchanan “. . .  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16 That’s one of the Apostle Paul’s phrases (Ephesians 5:16); the phrase is sometimes translated as “make the most of every opportunity,” but I prefer … Continue reading

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Intersecting Eternity

By Mark Buchanan I took part of last week off, just before Easter, and renovated our downstairs bathroom -an exercise in major frustration, minor satisfaction, and huge empathy for people who work in the trades. Simple plumbing (and the worst … Continue reading

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Broken Down

By Mark Buchanan Cheryl and I attended Thursday night the premier of Broken Down, local filmmaker Harold Joe’s documentary of the inside story of those who live outside, the homeless. The film introduces us to three homeless (or formerly homeless) … Continue reading

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

By Mark Buchanan On Tuesday, I led a devotional for our staff where I explained the Law of Unintended Consequences.  This is akin to Murphy’s Law (What can go wrong, will). It’s not a law of nature, or man-made law.  … Continue reading

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Full of Days

By Mark Buchanan ___________________________________________________ I turned 48 this week.  I’m now older than my in-laws were when I first met them, and my son is almost as old as I was when I first wooed Cheryl.  I had hair on … Continue reading

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You Have Not Because You Ask Not…

By Mark Buchanan ___________________________________________ Last week, I began my Pastor’s Summary whining about my computer – it emitted an incessant squawking that was playing havoc with my mind.  I had disabled things and downloaded things and even removed the computer’s … Continue reading

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Which Word is True?

By Mark Buchanan _______________________________________ I’ve spent most of the day, and will spend most of tomorrow, in a training session for a Leadership Development curriculum we plan to implement at New Life this fall.  The curriculum is insightful, biblical, and … Continue reading

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