Creation, Contentment, and Work: Chapter 2

My son, when he was young, doing his "work" in the garden (literally, gleaning beans from a field).

In yesterday’s post, I began thinking about contentment in light of the creation narratives in the Bible. Genesis 1 reveals that human beings were created by God in God’s own image. Thus, we are intrinsically to be involved in the creation, exercising the abilities God has given us in his world. This is made explicit [Read More...]

Creation, Contentment, and Work


In yesterday’s post, I suggested that, for many of us, the paradigm of contentment would be the archetypal person-sitting-on-a-beach-drink-in-hand, someone with nothing to do but enjoy the pleasures of the moment. No worries. No responsibilities. No deadlines. I’ve sometimes heard a Christian version of this paradigm, one in which we find real contentment in life [Read More...]

Considering Contentment


Adam Hamilton has me considering contentment. Last Friday, I wrote about a chapter in his book Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity (Abingdon, 2009/12). In “Cultivating Contentment” (ch. 3), Hamilton calls us to develop a sense of contentment in our lives, being satisfied with what we have rather than always striving for more stuff. [Read More...]

What Might You Do If You Really Believed That God Was Here to Help You? Inspiration from The High Calling

What Might You Do If You Really Believed That God Was Here to Help You? Psalm 108:1-13 With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes. Psalm 108:13 After I completed my coursework for graduate school, I served on the staff of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. I [Read More...]

Cultivating Contentment: A Response to Enough by Adam Hamilton


Do you have enough? Are you always striving for more? What might truly satisfy you? Will you ever be content? These questions are addressed in a fine book called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity (Abingdon, 2009/12). It was written by Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in [Read More...]

Blogs vs. Term Papers: The Case for Term Papers

Recently, I have offering some thoughts on the relative value of blogs vs. term papers in higher education. I was inspired by an article in the New York Times: “Blogs vs. Term Papers.” This article describes the convictions of an English professor at Duke to abolish term papers in favor of blogs. As you might [Read More...]

Blogs vs. Term Papers: What I Think About Educational Blogging


Yesterday, I blogged on the subject: “Blogs vs. Term Papers: What Do You Think?” I was responding to an article in the New York Times that featured a writing professor at Duke who thinks it’s time to retire term papers and to have students blog instead. Today, I will offer a few of my thoughts [Read More...]

Blogs vs. Term Papers: What Do You Think?

Here's how I used to do it. My first typewriter was a Hermes Rocket, like the one pictured above.

I’ve spent a fair amount of my life writing term papers and blog posts. I was a full-time college and grad student for eight years, and then spent nine years (on and off) writing my dissertation (a whopper of a term paper). I estimate that I’ve spend something like 5,000 hours writing papers and 3,000 [Read More...]

Why Do We Confess? Inspiration from the High Calling

Why Do We Confess? Psalm 106:1-48 Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly! Psalm 106:6 For the most part, Psalm 106 in an extended confession of sin. The anonymous writer begins by saying “Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!” (106:6). [Read More...]

Should The Government Regulate High Heels?


Honestly, I’ve never been much into high heels. Given that I’m a 54-year-old male, that’s probably a good thing. About 50 years ago, I wore some of my mom’s high heeled shoes, but only for a few steps before I fell. I couldn’t imagine how people could actually wear them or why they would want [Read More...]

Kickstart Your Dreams


While some folks take the the streets to camp out and protest economic unfairness in our society, others are Kickstarting the economy and advancing their own dreams. While some complain that you can’t get ahead unless you are rich, others are finding ample funding for their creative visions through the online phenomenon called Kickstarter. I’ve [Read More...]

What You (Really) Need to Know

Lawrence Summers. From

What do you need to know? Really? And how might you be able to learn this? Questions like these are addressed in a tantalizing piece that appeared recently in the New York Times. Written by Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and President of Harvard University, “What You (Really) Need to Know” examines our [Read More...]

A Playful God – Inspiration from The High Calling

A gray whale spouting. This is like what I saw that day, though the photo is not mine, but from WikiCommons.

A Playful God Psalm 104:1-35 See the ships sailing along, and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea. Psalm 104:26 Psalm 104 celebrates God the Creator who made all things. Verse 24 sums up the main theme of this psalm: “O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you [Read More...]

Is It Okay to Grieve? Or Should You Just Be Quiet?

Is It Okay to Grieve? Or Should You Just Be Quiet? This post is one of my Daily Reflections that is emailed to over 16,000 people each morning and that appears on It has elicited quite a lot of discussion, both on site and in personal emails to me. So I thought I [Read More...]

Fascinating Piece on “Business in the Way of Jesus”

Dr. Uli Chi

I just finished a fascinating article on “Business in the Way of Jesus.” It was originally a chapel presentation by Uli Chi at Seattle Pacific University’s chapel service. Dr. Chi is the founder and CEO of Computer Human Interaction, LLC. I highly recommend that you read this whole article. Here are some tantalizing excerpts: On [Read More...]

When Tim Tebow Loses, Does God Lose Too? On the Contrary!


This is the question posed by religion writer Tom Krattenmaker in his USA Today op-ed, “When Tim Tebow loses, does God, too?” If this seems like a silly question, remember that some Christians have been seeing Tebow’s amazing victories as quarterback of the Denver Broncos as miracles. Particularly inspiring was the fact that in the [Read More...]