Recap: McKnight @ George Fox Univ.

Ours is a church of routine, almost down to the very timing of the jokes embedded in the sermons. There comes this moment every Sunday when Pastor Terry pauses and asks if anyone has a story to share about leading someone to Christ. If no one responds, he tells us to keep praying because — [Read More…]

Losers in Christ

I’ve been reading through Madeleine L’Engle’s book Irrational Season. My friend Miz Hazel from Mississippi gave me her well-used copy.  I am not reading it like a book, but like a devotional. I read a graph or two at a time, and ponder it throughout the day. Today’s graph was about the crucifixion, which L’Engle [Read More…]

Why God made man

I thought I’d share some photos with you from my trip to Portland. Meet Penny C. and Don Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz. Penny is featured in the book. You might remember Penny from a few weeks ago when I was in Seattle at the Wm. Paul Young event. Penny gets around. Or I [Read More…]

The Epic Adventure: Saving Blue Like Jazz

I was one of those kids who ate lunch with the same group of friends during my high school years. It was basically the same three or four people. We weren’t all that good of friends, more classmates than anything. The group of friends I was most close to were either all older or younger [Read More…]

Bishop Bans Double-Wide

(Editor’s note: The following is tongue-in-cheek, aka Jon Stewart news style) I just learned that Bishop Eddie Long has banned Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? ’cause I need more room for my plasma TV. Zondervan. 2010 Several of my friends wrote to say that’s like a Badge of Honor. I don’t know how that [Read More…]

Eddie Long is Guilty

Bishop Eddie Long is guilty. He maintains otherwise but the pastor of New Birth mega-church hasn’t exactly come out and declared his innocence. Addressing his church for the first time since charges of sexual misconduct were filed by four young men from his congregation, Long said, “There have been allegations and attacks on me. I [Read More…]

Tell them they can make it

Love people. Tell them they can make it. She leaned across the kitchen counter, fought back tears and said, “I only wish I could understand why somebody would treat a child that way.” She is a friend. The child she referred to is the little girl that she once was. The somebody she has a [Read More…]

Take it from Lucy

Just between you and me, Don Miller isn’t all that big of a deal. Just ask Lucy. It was she, not Don, who took center stage at Portland’s Armory theater tonight. Lucy strutted across stage in a silky chocolate fur, drawing laughter and applause. What man does that? Wins the heart of an audience just by walking across [Read More…]

Moral Hazard: A Wall Street Review

There’s a lot of talk in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps about moral hazard. Economist Paul Krugman defines moral hazard as “any situation in which one person makes the decision about how much risk to take while someone else bears the cost if things go badly.” The sub-prime mortgage crisis was a moral hazard. The [Read More…]

If this happens to you

The good news is that I don’t look like Michael Jackson. The bad news is that I don’t exactly look like Christina Applegate. It’s been a little over a week since I had surgery to repair the damage done to my nose earlier this summer when my dog became embodied by a demon, thus, forever [Read More…]

Porn: The latest girl fad

When my daughter Ashley married, I asked the bridesmaids to gather in a circle for a moment of prayer. My friend Xuan joined hands with us. A very fine seamstress who has often been referred to as the Vera Wang of the Northwest, Xuan made the beautiful red Aoi Dai that the bridesmaids wore. Xuan had a story she wanted to share with [Read More…]

Tourist Guide: Don Miller Story Conference

I have a confession to make  — I’m a Brownie drop-out. It’s true. Not one of my more shining moments of life, it ranks right up there with the time I got caught stealing blue eye-shadow from the local five-and-dime. Blue eye-shadow. It’s humiliating to admit that I’m a quitter but that’s the truth of [Read More…]

Should Christians be praying for Hitch's Salvation?

One of this generation’s most celebrated atheists, Christopher Hitchens, is dying. He has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Since his cancer was made public, people of various faith traditions have been encouraging others to pray for the man who penned God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything, a bestseller rant against all things God. [Read More…]

Be Brand New

Media got it wrong again, reporting the story of the headless chicken once more rather than the miracle of grace. Lady Gaga was the headless chicken that captured all the headlines this week when she donned that $100 meat rag for the VMA Awards. First Madonna, then Britney Spears, and now Lady Gaga. They comprise [Read More…]

Bedless Children

Hagar’s House is a shelter maintained by Decatur Cooperative Ministry. They serve the homeless in Decatur, Ga. Since the economic downturn of 2008, the ministry has seen an increase of people in need. People who used to give to DCM are now coming to DCM for help, says Beth Vann, executive director. #### I don’t [Read More…]