Clergy and 9/11 Ceremonies: Conflicts Reveal State of Religion in Our Culture

Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times has written a fine piece on some of the controversy surrounding 9/11 ceremonies and the inclusion or exclusion of clergy: “Omitting Clergy at 9/11 Ceremony Prompts Protest.” Goodstein describes the decision of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York to exclude all members of the clergy from Sunday’s commemoration. [Read More...]

Church Signs You Don’t See Everyday


Recently, I was walking along through a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. On the same street I saw a couple of unusual church signs, and though I’d share them with you. The subtitle reads: “Where People are Equipped for Management and Productivity.” Here’s the link. Not the most seeker friendly name  for a church, but [Read More...]

Do Happier People Work Harder?


A recent New York Times opinion piece asks the question: Do happier people work harder? Teresa Amabile, a professor at Harvard Business School, and Steven Kramer, a researcher, answer this question in a way that challenges both workers and managers. Here are some salient observations from their article: • Workers today feel worse about their [Read More...]

Reading Books Electronically: Some Unexpected Implications

A Hebrew scroll of the prophet Isaiah

Among discussions of the rise of the e-book, I have found relatively little that considers how the very act of reading in this mode might change the way we read and think. Lev Grossman, writing for the New York Times, offers an intriguing perspective on this matter in his recent article, “From Scroll to Screen.” [Read More...]

Is a 3-D Backlash Underway? USA Today Wonders

The President and First Lady watching the 2009 Super Bowl in 3-D. This photo released from the White House.

“Is a 3-D backlash underway?” With this question, Mike Snider begins his recent article in USA Today: “3-D movies, gadgets getting lukewarm reception by some.” Given what appears to be the growing omnipresence of 3-D films and other media, why would Snider wonder about a backlash? He explains: Trailers for Shark Night 3D, a PG-13 [Read More...]

The Selfish Gene and Ethical Dilemmas on the Trails of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon through the window of a plane

What if you’re hiking along a dry trail on a hot day and encounter another hiker who has run out of water? Do you share some of your precious supplies with this hiker? Do you risk having to turn back early? Do you even put your own health at risk? Or do you leave the [Read More...]

Motherhood as Vocation – Excellent Discussion for Labor Day by Kate Harris


If you are a mother, if you know any mothers, if you have a mother, if you might be a mother, or if you might someday be married to a mother, then you need to read “Motherhood as Vocation” by Kate Harris. Harris wrote this piece shortly after the birth of her first child. She [Read More...]

Jesus Pleads for You – Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling

Jesus Pleads for You Romans 8:33-34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:34 A few days ago, we noted the amazing truth that the very [Read More...]

Parking Meters for Prostitutes in Germany!

A parking meter in Hannover, Germany. (from Wikicommons)

If you had given me the text of “In Germany, Sex Workers Feed a Meter” and told me to guess the source, I would have said “The Onion.” If you’re not familiar with The Onion, it bills itself as “America’s Finest News Source.”  In fact, it is America’s finest news satire, with articles written as [Read More...]

Accordance: Great Product! Great Service!


I want to put in a good word for Accordance Bible Software, an Oak Tree Software product. I have been a user of Accordance since it was first released in 1994. (In fact, I was a user of an earlier prototype called Gramcord, that was a DOS program.) Accordance is a sophisticated Bible study program [Read More...]

Be Healthy! Eat More Chocolate!


Even the New York Times has good news once in a while! Here’s a headline I like to read: Evidence of Heart Benefits From Chocolate According to the author, Nicholas Bakalar: An analysis of studies including more than 100,000 subjects has found that high levels of chocolate consumption are associated with a significant reduction in [Read More...]

Outstanding Letter to All College Freshman

Tim Dalrymple, my Patheos colleague, has written a letter that is must reading for all college freshmen. Tim has written this specifically for Christian students, but it contains wisdom for all who are beginning college. If you know anyone who is a new freshman, be sure to pass on this link. Here’s an excerpt from [Read More...]

Is the “Missional” Church Just a Fad?

Part 18 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church At the beginning of this series, I mentioned that the use of “missional” to describe the church is becoming so common as to be at risk of losing its distinctive meaning. This whole series has been an effort to clarify what it means [Read More...]

The PAINS of Evangelism

Part 17 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church When I talked about sharing Christ by being honest with people, perhaps you wanted to respond: “Even though you talk about ‘just being honest,’ I’m still not comfortable with the idea of sharing my faith with others. What would you suggest to help [Read More...]

How Can I Be Involved in God’s Mission When I’m Already Too Busy?

Part 16 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church How Can I Be Involved in God’s Mission When I’m Already Too Busy? As a pastor, I’ve often heard something like this: “I could get pretty excited about being a part of God’s mission in the world. But, frankly, I’m overwhelmed already. I’ve [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Sent as a Community of the Good News, Part 2

Part 15 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church In my last post, I began talking about how we are sent as a community of the good news to join in the mission of God in the world. I said that our corporate sending is important because: first, we get our training [Read More...]