Social Media Gospel

The Social Media Gospel (Book Review)

I bumped into Meredith Gould on Twitter. It seems a lot of people have.Meredith (I feel I can use her first name, despite not having meet her in person…yet) started a weekly Twitter chat about social media use in churches, using #chsocm to gather people.When I heard of a book coming out called The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways, I was eager to get a review copy. I was even happier when I saw a familiar name on the cover.I’ve looked at a few books on social med … [Read More...]

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Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice (Review)

Almost a decade ago now, I started photographing a lot more.I got a digital camera.And like lots of other people, I enjoyed it. Photography became a much more serious hobby—better gear, better training, better images, more time. Several of these years were in South Africa, and the camera became how I interacted, my raison d'être. My lenses were how I saw the world.As a Christian, this was sometimes problematic—I don’t want a piece of technology have an undue and capricious effect on m … [Read More...]

More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger (Review)…

We live in one of the richest countries at just about the richest point in history.We have excess—time, clothes, books, relationships, food, desires, and more.What do we do with this excess? We use it to help others, to make the world better.So goes More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of E … [Read More...]

Fast, Easy Gift for Mother’s Day

"God draws a circle around everyone of us," a monk said on our visit to the monastery.  "Some people have big circles, some people have smaller ones.  Your job is always the same: love the people in that circle."I heard those words as a new mom and knew he was talking straight to my heart.  Be … [Read More...]

Life is so dang fragile, but not cheap

“Life is so dang fragile,” I wrote in an email to Adam, informing him that the 16 eggs in our incubator didn’t hatch.  They’re a day overdue now—maybe still alive in there, maybe dead. We put 18 eggs in. I dropped one on the floor at day five.  A smear of blood inside marked a tiny life … [Read More...]

Why is Good Friday Called Good?

 What’s so “Good” about this Friday?Why celebrate an execution?In darkness, there is a pull.Attempts fall short.We cannot.He does.Freedom for the captives,Sight for the blind,Release for the oppressed,His death is mine.   … [Read More...]

The Blessing of Busyness

Everybody’s busy. Most people complain about it. I’ve decided I won’t.There’s a blessing to busyness, if you’re busy with things that you love. (Click to tweet this.) Here are mine:Being with my wife Playing with my kids Leading a small group in our church Serving in a job that I love … [Read More...]

Win a Copy of “Western Christians in Global Mission: What’s the Role of the North American Church?”

“Maybe we’re not necessary anymore.”“It’s modern imperialism.”“The needs are so great at home.”Comments like these show the need for Paul Borthwick’s book, Western Christians in Global Mission What’s the Role of the North American Church.After our years in Nicaragua, China, and South … [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday in an Airport

Yesterday, I was stuck in the Minneapolis airport.I was flying home from San Francisco after meetings on how we might create an app that would encourage and facilitate deeper prayer. (More on that tomorrow on Executing Ideas.)We sat on the runway for 50 minutes, then had to deplane. While … [Read More...]

Raising cross-cultural kids: Don’t force it

Whether in an apartment with kids from a dozen countries, or in the United States in one of the least diverse school districts around, we have made it our intention to raise cross-culturally aware kids.  This month we’ll be posting weekly tips on how to foster cross-cultural and interracial se … [Read More...]

The End of Casual Christianity: David Platt’s New Book

“We do not have time to waste our lives coasting out casual, comfortable Christianity.” –David Platt (tweet this)I think many (most?) people in the U.S. who call themselves Christians are coasting:We may (or may not) read the Bible. We may (or may not) expect answers to our prayers. We m … [Read More...]

Evangelicals: Worship to Justice to What?

In the late 90’s, we were at the front edge of a big shift.At the University of Wisconsin, we pulled together a strange weekly mix of friends to discuss Latin American economics, community supported agriculture, U.S. materialism, and a pile of other issues. Oh yeah, and the Bible. We called it T … [Read More...]

Raising cross-cultural kids: Different families have different rules

Whether in an apartment with kids from a dozen countries, or in the United States in one of the least diverse school districts around, we have made it our intention to raise cross-culturally aware kids.  This month we’ll be posting weekly tips on how to foster cross-cultural and interracial se … [Read More...]

Raising cross-cultural kids: Say the naughty “R” word

Whether in an apartment with kids from a dozen countries, or in the United States in one of the least diverse school districts around, we have made it our intention to raise cross-culturally aware kids.  This month we’ll be posting weekly tips on how to foster cross-cultural and interracial se … [Read More...]


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