Who are the Unreasonable People?

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted people who are proudly unreasonable. No, not the Tea Partiers or the Wall Street Occupiers. These unreasonable folk are “entrepreneurs who want to change the world.” Why call them unreasonable? Because they are participants in the Unreasonable Institute of Boulder, Colorado. Co-founded by Daniel Epstein, this [Read More…]

Are You Satisfied? Really? Inspiration from The High Calling

Are You Satisfied? Really? Psalm 90:1-17 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Psalm 90:14 If you’re like the average American, you are less satisfied today than you were a few years ago. In a Gallup poll taken earlier this year, people [Read More…]

Occupy Wall Street Protests Don’t Have a Song

James C. McKinley, Jr. recently wrote a thought-provoking piece in the New York Times. In “At the Protests, the Message Lacks a Melody,” McKinley contrasts the current Occupy Wall Street protests with their ancestors. His article begins: “Every successful movement has a soundtrack,” the songwriter Tom Morello told reporters after he had tried to fire [Read More…]

Permission to Wake Up Your Soul

Bradley L. Moore is a Senior Vice President in a large, multinational corporation. He is also a fine writer whose work has been published in a variety of media, including The Chicago Sun Times and Christianity Today. Bradley is an editor and featured writer for The High Calling, a website devoted to Everyday Conversations About [Read More…]

Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights?

A fascinating, challenging op-ed piece in the New York Times. Here’s how the authors, Robert P. George and Melissa Moschella, both of Princeton University, begin: IMAGINE you have a 10- or 11-year-old child, just entering a public middle school. How would you feel if, as part of a class ostensibly about the risk of sexually [Read More…]

Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 2

Part 4 of series: What is a Church? Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 2 Yesterday I began considering the sources of people’s ideas about church. To review, here are my first two points: 1. People get their ideas of church from their past experience of church. 2. People get their ideas [Read More…]

Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 1

Part 3 of series: What is a Church? Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 1 People today have a wide variety of ideas about what a church should be. If you ask a dozen people you’d probably get a dozen different answers. One of my favorite answers to the “What is a [Read More…]

Why Write This Series on “What is a Church?”?

Part 2 of series: What is a Church? Why Write This Series on “What is a Church?”? This is the second post in a series I’m calling: What is a Church? Biblical Basics for Christian Community. Yesterday, I explained that I’m planning to answer this question from a biblical point of view, though without denying [Read More…]

Informative Review of Three Recent Books About the Brain

The brain is getting plenty of attention these days. Based on scientific study of the brain, all sorts of people are weighing in on how the brain thinks and the implications for individuals, relationships, and culture. If you’re not a specialist, and if you don’t have time to read extensively in the “brain” literature, it’s [Read More…]

What is a Church?

Part 1 of series: What is a Church? What is a Church? Biblical Basics for Christian Community “What is a church?” Now that seems like a easy question, the sort of question one might answer in an simple sentence or two. “A church is a building in which Christians meet for worship,” is one obvious [Read More…]

An Invitation to Hang in There – Inspiration from the High Calling

An Invitation to Hang in There with God Psalm 88:1-18 O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day. Psalm 88:13 Chances are you won’t hear this psalm in church today. (If you do, let me know!) Psalm 88 is one of those —psalms and, indeed, there are —many [Read More…]

A Mystery Solved

As a man, I have always wondered why women take so long in women’s restrooms. What mystery lurks inside that captures their attention? Now I know. While in a New York subway recently, I saw inside of a women’s restroom. It’s filled with treasures and distractions. Men’s restrooms are much more spartan. At any rate, [Read More…]

Envy, Death, and Toilets

What do envy, death, and toilets have in common? They have all been featured in recent articles in the New York Times. I found each of these to be fascinating, so I’m recommending them to you. “Envy May Bear Fruit, But It Also Has an Aftertaste” John Tierney examines recent studies on envy. His main [Read More…]

My Strange History with Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr.

In yesterday’s post, I commended Freud’s Last Session, a play running in New York just off Broadway. This play, as I explained, is based on the work of Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr., especially his book entitled The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of [Read More…]

If You’re Near New York City, Here’s a Show Not to Be Missed: Freud’s Last Session

No, I’m not referring to Broadway hits like Billy Elliot, The Book of Mormon, or Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Rather, I’m speaking of a just-off-Broadway masterpiece, Freud’s Last Session. This superb play ought not to be missed. Warning: There is no sex in Freud’s Last Session, though it gets ample attention in the dialogue, [Read More…]

Great Music in Washington Square, New York . . . And It’s Free

So, you’re in New York City on a warm fall day and you don’t know what to do? I’d recommend a visit to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. The park has been completely redone in the last few years and is delightful to the eyes. The people watching is unsurpassed. And you’ll be able [Read More…]