June 15th, 2018

We’re halfway through June - so make sure you savor the summer and do those things you can only do in the summer!

This week I had the privilege to hang around some incredible people who are doing amazing things in the world when I visited Nashville. It gave me hope for the future of our country and I want to share that hope with you. Some days the political news is so confusing or frustrating or scary that we don’t know how to handle it. Take heart, a new way is coming.

Hope you enjoy this edition of 1st and 15th and have a great weekend!

Grace and Peace,

Joel


I’m a liar. That’s the truth.

ruth Matters. But people generally go to one of two extremes in this area:

  1. Ignore truth and construct their own insulated reality
     
  2. Speak truth with a hard edge intended to show others how they’re wrong

So how would I propose we deal with this?

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Leading With A Limp

This is a phenomenal leadership book. The section on the loneliness of a leader is particularly great:

“Leadership loneliness is far more than the state of being alone. The fact that we are set apart for a task and a calling is what deprives us of the normal fare of family and friendship.” 

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Joseph Williams of TN: Running a different kind of campaign

Joseph Williams is the exactly the kind of new type of candidate and leader we need in our politics. I hope you’ll check him out, support him and donate to his campaign.

Meet Joseph Williams


Meet Pierce Bush

This week I had the pleasure of spending time with my new friend and colleague, Pierce Bush. Pierce is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, and is responsible for coordination of all things related to fundraising, budgeting, programming, the agency’s Board of Directors, and achieving the strategic goals of the organization. 

In other words, he is an incredible man. If you are interested in learning more about this fantastic organization, or live in Texas, I highly encourage following this outstanding thought leader.

Connect with Pierce Bush


Joshua Dubois is leading the way

The abolition of slavery required enormous cost, and the cultivation of true equality remains an urgent project. One of the men helping lead an enormous victory for not only the state of Virginia, but African Americans everywhere is Joshua Dubois. You may remember him as the Joshua leader of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in President Obama’s first term.

Follow Joshua


Song of the Week

The Men That Drive Me Places by Ben Rector

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*Bonus* Song Dedicated To All The Fathers This Father's Day

In honor of Father’s Day, check out Sho’s amazing and provocative song about being a young black father in America. 

Fathers, 2004 by Sho Baraka

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