All posts by: Jonathan Long

Covid-Culture Shock

About 11 years ago, my family moved to Hungary (see cover photo for the throwback). Arriving on the field was exciting. Everything was so new. We had a flurry of fun activities, picking out cell-phones and outfitting our new apartment....
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Tug-of-War

Some time ago, I spent a few hours in a dusty field watching a local school have their sports day. Sitting in the shade of a large tree, I sipped my diet coke and watched several different teams, divided up...
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Nothing Is Wasted

When I was 10 years old, my family made the move from Salem, Oregon to Billings, Montana. Moving to a city where a significant portion of the population was Native American, I elected to do my first book report on...
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True Convictions Require Action

“The actions you take simply serve as the tangible evidence of what you believe.” – Simon Sinek A few years ago, I was involved in an exercise at OMS Global Headquarters. Part of our exercise was to discuss what the...
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That Time I Lost My Appendix

I was lying on an ultrasound exam table when the mood in the room noticeably shifted. The older doctor smearing gel around my stomach suddenly became serious and called over her shoulder in Hungarian, asking her assistant to run and...
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Field Focus: Discipleship

Jesus and His disciples had been through a lot by the time they found themselves together on the hilltop in Galilee. Standing there in physical presence, Jesus was aware that His time with these 12 men was rapidly drawing to...
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2019: Looking Forward

Well, it’s here—2019 that is. The countdowns have occurred across the world. The sheet music for Auld Lang Syne has been tucked safely way, waiting for next year when it will be pulled forth once again to strike nostalgia and...
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2018: Looking Back

When I sat down to write this blog, a post-game press conference was playing in the background. The coach of a National Football Team was taking questions from the media, and while some questions were focused around positive parts of...
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Busy vs. Productive and Why Vision Matters

When I was in fifth grade, I had my first chance to play American football on the playground with my classmates. Not too familiar with the game, I spent most of my time standing next to the quarterback and trying...
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It’s More Than English

I hate English. I couldn’t stand it in high school and, truth be told, I have virtually no interest in diagramming a sentence, understanding what tense does what, or even learning whatever the heck an adverb is. I do speak...
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