Surely Religious Voters Aren’t Falling for Trump’s Routine?

Sleight of hand has always been a big part of American politics. Donald Trump is pulling one of the greatest illusions in recent history, and his newest target audience is evangelical Christians. According to recent Pew Research, when compared to the rest of the electorate evangelicals are five times more likely to consider a candidate’s faith when [Read More…]

Thomas Merton on Suffering

No Man is An Island is slowly becoming my favorite among the many writings of Thomas Merton. This book is a deep well. Today I was reading from Chapter 5, “The Word of the Cross,” in which Merton explores the role pain and suffering plays in human life. This is a quick summary of what Merton is teaching me [Read More…]

Ten Great Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes On Non-Violence

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence [Read More…]

The First Word of 2016 Goes to Wendell Berry

If Wendell Berry were editing the aphorism, “Hell is other people” it would become, “Hell is busy people in search of something more, or something else… Heaven is a good friend.” On this first day of 2016 we do well to consider these hells and heavens that we inhabit, that we have made of the world. “Hell is [Read More…]

New Dictionary Words for 2015: An A-Z Snapshot

Words, language, meaning, narrative… these are things that I love, and that are essential to human culture. The English language is not a fixed point. Words come and go, and usage of old words is constantly changing. The path our language takes as it progresses can tell us a lot about our culture. Here’s a quick [Read More…]

Sermonsmith Episode 60: Tim Suttle – Conversations About the Craft of Sermon Preparation

Sermonsmith is a podcast dedicated to celebrating and learning about the rhythms, workflows, tools, and prayers used by the people who are deeply engaged in the art of sermon writing. It’s creator and host John Chandler, a church planter and part-time web developer from Austin, generates a bi-weekly podcast that is straight forward: John interviews pastors and [Read More…]

Your 2016 Church Goals Should Start Here

The most powerful reason the church is struggling in North America right now is that the church’s way of being in the world does not represent a genuine alternative to the norms of the culture. Nearly every pastor or ministry leader I’ve ever met operates with the assumption that their job is to make their ministry [Read More…]

The Prophet Mary: A Sermon for Advent

If you would rather, you can listen to the talk here. It’s kind of hard to imagine Christmas without the Christmas music, isn’t it? Just a quick show of hands: Who gets really into the Christmas songs, It’s one of your favorite parts of the season? Who gets really tired of the songs? It’s interesting [Read More…]

6 Tips for a Peaceful Family Get Together

What’s the famous line? If you can’t spot the sucker at the table in the first five minutes, then you are the sucker. It’s easy to head home to see the family dreading that interaction with the family member who drives you crazy… or you might be the person who drives everyone crazy. Whatever the [Read More…]

Prayers Going Out to Jimmie Carter Today

I love the fact that after being president of the United States, starting Habitat for Humanity, a life of active international diplomacy, and a battle with cancer earlier this year, Jimmie Carter still teaches Sunday School and takes it seriously. I was sad to hear today that his grandson went down for a nap and [Read More…]