Thomas McGreevy

Authority

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Authority, in this world, is something that is granted to a leader by his or her subordinates… often to people who put the most effort into making the case that they should have it.  Politicians, authors and countless other “leaders” have figured out that behaving as if you are someone who should have authority often gets you the authority you seek.  This is a big problem because “how it looks” becomes very important.  It might be the most important thing.  If you want to publish a book it no longer…read more

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Equilibrium

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The physical world we live in wants to move toward equilibrium.  It is a thermodynamic law.  Where there is heat it tends to flow out to cooler places so that it is evenly distributed.  When heat is isolated it has the potential to do something useful like warm a person or do work as part of a heat engine.  The action of this flowing is what we benefit from.  However, the action of this flowing brings us one step closer to equilibrium.  Universal equilibrium can be referred to as a…read more

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Broad Appeal

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Broad appeal is what everyone is after isn’t it… either to be that which is broadly appealing, or to be a consumer of that which is broadly appealing.  If you are a musician or a pastor or a writer or just about anything else…  the more people that feel good about what you are doing the better.  It is the measure of success in our society.  The masses can demonstrate their approval with their dollars or with their attention, and the feedback is crystal clear.  The problem is that it…read more

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What I Really Need

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One time my Grandfather took my brother and I to the park to play some baseball.  He was pitching to us so we could practice our hitting.  I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but I think I was somewhere around 10 years of age.  I remember my younger brother doing well.  He was getting a lot of good hits.  I was having trouble.  I just couldn’t seem to get my swing down.  I wasn’t able to hit the ball consistently and I was getting really frustrated.  By the…read more

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Do What the Father is Doing

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“Jesus gave them this answer: Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” – John 5:19 The various systems you find yourself immersed in are problematic.  The corporation you work for, the church you are involved with, the social structures that govern your circle of friends… there are many systems that each of us operate in.  These systems are problematic because they offer you a safe next step for everything you do.  The manual…read more

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The Question

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I’m on vacation this week.  I’m sitting about 50 yards from the ocean right now.  I have nothing to do.  There are no tasks lined up for me.  There is no routine to step through each day.  There is no schedule.  There is nothing that I am supposed to do.  This kind of vacation has the same effect on me every year.  I’m not quite sure what to do with it.  The beauty around me stirs something within me and I feel like I want to act on it, but…read more

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