Christianity is Not About Control & Power

So much of what gets called religion is about control, what we think, who we love, who is in, who is out, what the right doctrine is… Control is not Jesus’s game. Jesus is wild. Jesus is free. How often is our quest for “truth” just a thinly disguised quest for control? Religion that focuses [Read More…]

Pete Rollins: You Cannot Hear the Revelation Without Heeding It

Pete Rollins always wigs me out a little bit. My philosophical vocabulary is sorely lacking – continental philosophy all the more. So when I try to listen to someone like Rollins or Caputo I know that I’m barely reaching for the low hanging fruit. If I could change one thing about my life it would [Read More…]

Glenn Beck-land / Libertypendance Park – More Friday Funny

I am not a Glenn Beck follower myself, so I knew nothing about this until I saw this video which is, whatever you think about Beck, hilarious. So, I watched these segments from Beck’s show in which he walks the viewer through the plans he’s developed in his American Dream Labs for a full scale [Read More…]

Who’s Your Favorite? A Little Friday Funny

This video provides the answer to the question “What will make you cackle awkwardly in a public place?” Maybe it’s because I remember playing this game with my own kids, “Who’s your favorite, mommy or daddy?” It went similarly… a clip for you on Friday because every Friday should have just a little bit of [Read More…]

Your Religious Alternative to Beyonce at Halftime

For the record – I don’t care that Beyonce lip-synced. Back when I was touring & performing for a living, two guys from my band went to see Destiny’s Child in concert (Beyonce’s old group). In the middle of the set they did this incredible acapella rendition of Amazing Grace that brought down the house, then they [Read More…]

Amazing Quotes & Thoughts From Eugene Peterson’s Memoir

“The life of faith cannot be lived in general or by abstractions. All the great realities that we can’t touch or see take form on ground that we can touch and see.” (p.12) The spirituality I was handed through evangelicalism was profoundly dismissive of “this world” stuff in favor of “spiritual things.” As many have [Read More…]

On the Importance of the Evening Meal

When Kristin and I decided we were ready to have children, we made a few of crucial decisions I’ve never regretted. One of the best is establishment of the the evening meal as sacrosanct. From the time our kids were old enough to sit in a high chair, even before then, we started the family [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m working at my favorite Panera this morning and I’m sitting next to two colleagues who are talking very loudly. At first I was judging them for being loud enough that all the people around me keep shooting them looks, to which they seem either oblivious or indifferent. I confess that have now stopped [Read More…]

Facebook Focus Group – Your Friday Funny

When you spend time on Facebook, you have to take the good with the bad. If you have ever wondered where the bad came from, maybe it was from this focus group. [Read more…]

Best Parental Advice Ever: “You Cannot Be Anything You Want to Be When You Grow Up”

I think one of the cruelest things we tell our children is that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. That speech pattern arises from a people who are more defined by radical individualism than the gospel. To tell our children they can do anything they want to do, be [Read More…]


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