Your favorite Michael Jackson video?

I have to admit I prefer his dancing (and leaning) in Smooth Criminal. When Kris and I were teenagers the Jackson Five songs were hits. When our kids were young we watched the video of “We are the World” with our kids, and we sung that song often. His larger than life personality and life [Read More…]

Dopderbeck on Gleaning

One of our most faithful readers and commenters, dopderbeck, blogs and this is from his site today: In Missional Theology I, we were required to write  contemporary paraphrase of the gleanings laws in Lev. 19:9-10 and Deut. 24: 19-22. Here is mine: Now when you develop ever more sophisticated global communication networks that facilitate creativity [Read More…]

Friday is for Friends: Joey Spiegel

…that Christ has set you free Call it the misguided passion of a young church worker, but I’ve always been both challenged and excited by scripture’s seemingly unconditional claims about our freedom.  I have yet to hear a good exegetical engagement with the idea of freedom in Christ.  It is mentioned, celebrated as an abstract [Read More…]

What do you tell your son if he asks…

What do you tell your son if he asks for discernment about what to do for a vocation? Michael Jenkins, in Called to Be Human: Letters to My Children on Living a Christian Life ,advises his son through a life in business and social work into seminary (Princeton, so it seems). I prefer his wisdom [Read More…]

iGens, Google, and the Future of Universities

I found this article by Don Tapscott at Edge: The Third Culture through a tweet by Brad Boydston, and want to throw it out here for a conversation. Essentially, he argues the idea that the current generations learning style, absorbed as it is through internet culture and learning, at variance with current teaching styles. If [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 76

James doesn’t mince his words into small bits that can be digested easy; he’s on the prowl here because he finds the sin of presumption as arrogance. Here are the words from James 4:13-17: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry [Read More…]

What do you tell your daughter if she says…

What do you say to your adult daughter if she tells you she’s not convinced of God or that she’s at least not on good terms with God? Pastor-theologian Michael Jinkins, in his new book Called to Be Human: Letters to My Children on Living a Christian Life ,writes simple theological letters to his daughter [Read More…]

Aldersgate UMC 2

Sunday evening in our last session Dr. Dennis Perry, the lead pastor at Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria VA, asked me a question that went like this: what are your impressions and what would be your advice to Aldersgate? My response was immediate because Kris and I were struck by this at Aldersgate: the church was [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 75

Instead of presuming on the future James advocates a providential approach to our future. Here are his words: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What [Read More…]

Youth Ministry and the Economy: Chris Folmsbee

This post, by Chris Folmsbee about Youth Ministry and the Challenging Economy, is suggestive and we’d love to generate a conversation about his suggestions and questions. Chris sent me this post last week and, because of our travel to the DC area, I couldn’t get it posted… so here it is … there are some [Read More…]