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Jess MacCallum

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Jess MacCallum is a business owner, writer, leadership coach, and the often-challenged husband of a Proverbs 31 woman. Now married for over 29 years, Jess and Anne have three children—a married son 26, and daughters, 24 and 20. Jess is the President of Professional Printers (one of the largest privately-owned commercial printers in the Southeast); Anne leads worship at River City Chapel, Columbia, SC, enjoys trail-running, songwriting, and ministering overseas through music with “Proclaim! International”. Jess has a BA in art (magna cum laude) from the University of South Carolina (1986), where he spent four years training with the Navigators ministry. He now serves on the leadership team of his church, and has been involved in a variety of ministries for over 38 years, focusing primarily on men’s discipleship but including TESL (Japan), prison Bible studies, small groups, home churches, leadership development, and his favorite—nursery.

You Married an Ox

Proverbs 14:4 says, “Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.” Marrying a man is a trade-off, like having an ox around. Men are a lot like oxen, and I am speaking from experience. We are usually bigger and stronger and less astute than women. […]

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Decider’s Remorse

You’ve heard of “buyer’s remorse” ‒ that feeling of regret just after you put your money down for something. But whether money is involved in a decision or not, there’s always a price of some kind. Every decision risks something. Second-guessing decisions is a common practice among leaders. Making life-impacting choices for [...]

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The Expanding Leader

Can you strive for a promotion and still put others first? Can you consider the needs of others above your own and still edge out someone else to become the president of your company? For the Christian who leads in a secular environment the question isn’t, Does self-promotion mean you aren’t being humble? ‒ the […]

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The Faith to Fail

If you look at the leaders of the Bible you will see a disturbing pattern: they don’t fit any pattern. You have shepherds, slaves, fishermen, orphans, princes, nomads, soldiers; some are eloquent, some are tongue tied; some were moral, many had epic frailties; people of questionable skills and dubious choices. They fit no useful [...]

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On Being Stabbed in the Back

There’s an ancient Greek aphorism that all leaders should apply: Know thyself. But how? We all have blind spots, as well as self-made conceptions. You can take psychometric evaluations and ability tests; you can ask mentors and peers to speak into your life; you can humble yourself before God and allow the Holy Spirit to […]

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Trust Your Wife

On our honeymoon we rented a two-seater bicycle. She wanted to steer first so I took the camera and provided pedal power. It was a little funny trying to get our balance, and I had to get used to a handle bar that didn’t move. (If you’ve never ridden on the back of one, imagine […]

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