Archives for April 2012

The “And” Generation

This “and” generation idea is clever and accurate. From Joyce E.A. Russell: What millennials want from the workplace “We call them the ‘and’ generation,” said Liam Brown, chief operations officer at the hotel giant Marriott International. “They want a career and fun and a balanced lifeand to make an impact on the world. They don’t want to [Read More…]


By Chris Abel, at Relevant Magazine: Do you see value in denominations? C.S. Lewis wrote in the preface to Mere Christianity that we should be careful with the word “Christian.” Lewis believed the term should be used strictly in the definitive sense, to describe those that follow “the teaching of the apostles” and not as a [Read More…]

Marriage as Covenant

Marriage is like an A-frame house. The two grow closer together to form one life on the basis of a solemn covenant made with one another, a covenant that sustains the two during stress and that forms the mutually-agreed-upon foundation that shapes the whole of that life.  The metaphor comes from Tim and Kathy Keller, [Read More…]

Kingdom and Cross

It is too easy to want kingdom and forget the cross, or make it part of one’s agenda; and it is too easy to want cross, and not know what to make of the kingdom. But Israel’s Story, Israel’s God, the people of God, and the clash of the forces of evil with the ways [Read More…]

Fiction: Is it good for you?

Some of you may be sprawled out on a couch reading fiction right now, or others may be sitting in a favorite chair reading some novel, and you may well know I’m not … so it’s worth a discussion: Are novels good for us? How so or how not? Just in case you are interested [Read More…]

Cyberbullying, Cyberlibel

A pastor friend told me one of his parishioners was saying bad — untrue, destructive, reputation-destroying — things about him online, that he had checked with the police, and they told him there were really no laws hindering free speech on the internet. The police said they’d like to do something but had no grounds [Read More…]

Prayer for Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

No More Moderates! No More Diversity!

David Gergen and Michael Zuckerman: (CNN) — As this election season unfolds, we are watching an age-old dream in politics go horribly smash. It isn’t good for politics, and it sure isn’t good for the country. President Franklin Roosevelt helped to fire up the dream during his second term in office. Coming off a massive [Read More…]

Possible? Impossible? Barely Impossible?

What’s your view? Is it possible to be a disciple of Jesus and a politician today? Tim Suttle, on Paul Ryan, gets to this question and then offers a set of options: Should politicians really be telling theologians what to think? I wonder if this is even more evidence that 1) you can’t be a [Read More…]

Chamique Holdsclaw about Pat Summitt

From HLN: “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” That’s what Coach Pat Summitt used to preach to us in practice all the time. As an adult, I find myself using that message in my daily life. That was the special thing about Coach Summitt and her lessons: They weren’t just lessons for the [Read More…]