15 Great Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Book lovers are a picky bunch. What we're really after is more books, but we also want a deeper connection to the authors we love, and to share our love of books with our friends. With that in mind this is a list of 15 Great Gift Ideas for Book Lovers - the 2016 edition.01. A Biography of their Favorite Author If your book lover is indeed a book lover, then they mostly want more books. So here's a good place to start. If they love J.D. Salinger, then buy them the story of his li … [Read More...]

Wolf Blitzer Moderates Thanksgiving Dinner Like a Political Debate – Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Need a referee with a whistle to keep the peace at your Thanksgiving get together? Ellen DeGeneres introduces "Mobile Moderator," a new service that will allow Wolf Blitzer, Megyn Kelly, or Anderson Cooper to moderate your Thanksgiving dinner and keep post-election peace. Happy Thanksgiving everybody. … [Read More...]

Who Would Jesus Deport?: For the Christian, Immigration Isn’t About Politics or Economics

I am raising my voice in opposition to the prospect of the United States Government rounding up and deporting millions of our neighbors because they do not have legal immigration status. I'm doing so as a Christian and as a pastor. Because, for the Christian, immigration isn't about politics or … [Read More...]

John Jeremiah Sullivan Drills Down on Soft White Liberal Upper-middle-class College Types

I have no desire to be that person, who lets politics affect him so deeply he forgets the higher truths. We’re all confused and error-prone. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t need politics. We have to fight fiercely to respect one another. - John Jeremiah SullivanThroughout this election I've been s … [Read More...]

Here’s What I Told My Church After the Election

Wednesday evening after the election our church gathered for one of our 6 yearly congregational meetings. We planned it for the night after the election on purpose, wondering if there might be a healing moment for us there. I'm guessing our church is half and half on red or blue politics. But our … [Read More...]

An Election Day Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is discord, harmony; Where there is error, truth; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is … [Read More...]

Rich Mullins Would Be 61 Today – He Was the Master of the One-Liner

Rich Mullins had such a low tolerance for B.S. I'm convinced that, had he lived longer into the digital age, Rich would still never have become a blogger. He wouldn't be on snapchat or instagram, and there's no way he would've been on Facebook. But twitter? I could see that.Rich was a master of t … [Read More...]

Religion & Politics: How Being a Christian Makes for a Better Conservative, Better Liberal

For the Christian there is an inherent danger to involving ourselves in any kind of political discussion. We are supposed to love both our political neighbor and our political enemy. Politics and love... how can those things go together? I have a few ideas.First, Christians must check o … [Read More...]

Treasure the Doing, More than the Getting It Done

The source of nearly all human misery can be traced back to an often unconscious disconnection between the ends and the means. When humans treat other people, or the planet, or our own bodies as if they are nothing more than a means to an end, then we invite suffering into our lives. If we are ever … [Read More...]

Rich Mullins Died 19 Years Ago Today & I Still Miss Him

In the closing credits of a long-form video release (I think it was called Pursuit of a Legacy), Rich Mullins and his band of brothers credited someone named Owen Meany as "best boy." In the film world, best boy refers to a kind of foreman position among lighting and rigging technicians. The name … [Read More...]

A Less Lonely Way to Lose Your Faith: Isaac Anderson at The Atlantic

My friend Isaac Anderson has an article in The Atlantic called "A Less Lonely Way to Lose Your Faith," and it's well worth your time to read. Isaac profiles a community of un-faith in the Kansas City area called Oasis. They gather on Sunday mornings, sing songs, listen to talks, hold children's p … [Read More...]

Why is Kaepernick Being Slammed? Because Sport is the Liturgy of Empire

You can always tell what the sacred cow is... Colin Kaepernick is getting crushed for his (rather tame) symbolic act of civil disobedience. The timing is interesting for me because an article I've written for The Other Journal, in which I write about my own experience of the national anthem at a … [Read More...]