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…]

You Have to Learn How To Die If You Want to Be Alive

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25 This song is one of my all time favorite versions of  Jesus’s straight up command that we have to lose to win, we have to die to live. What makes it so powerful [Read More…]

Two Simple Changes that Would Drastically Improve Government

There are two simple steps our nation’s representatives could take which would drastically change for the better the way the U.S. Government works. These two steps would curtail some of the paralyzing gridlock, force the governing process out into the open, and require ideas, legislation, and politicians to stand on the merits of their arguments. [Read More…]

Work as Mission: Vocation and Learning What to Count

Most of us will spend somewhere around 65% of our waking hours working. If work is not seen as a holy thing, if work is not counted as an essential aspect of our contribution to the mission of God, then no wonder our work isn’t fulfilling. No wonder it feels like toil. Work is one [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional: For The Hope Center & MLK Jr.

I confess that when I was young many adults in my little world held MLK in deep suspicion. He was not considered a great man by them. I often heard statements like, “Once the FBI files on MLK are opened, the world will really see what he was like. And they won’t be celebrating him [Read More…]

Ten Great Words You Should Know and Use

I am an unabashed logophile (n. – lover of words). The English language is a tough one to master even for those of us who have been using it our whole life. For some this is merely frustrating. For others her idiosyncrasies make English fascinating and multifarious (adj. – ‘to having many parts; diverse and varied’). [Read More…]

Harvard Sailing Team’s Version of the “Liberal Cause” – a little Friday Funny

The “liberal cause” is a pejorative colloquialism meant to signify an attempt to assist a person, group, or issue for whom those who are not liberal, or just don’t go in for causes, would consider helping to be silly, sentimental, or even morally wrong. Labeling things a “Liberal Cause” is something folks like Glenn Beck or Rush [Read More…]

They Will Know We are Christians By Our… Guns?

I just waded through 10 minutes of Christian hate on Facebook and had to shut it down for the day. We are so jacked up. Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it [Read More…]

Wendell Berry On Hell

I ran across a video today of Wendell Berry reading a couple poems from his collection of poems called Leavings. I thought it looked familiar and realized that I was in the audience in Louisville, KY the evening this clip was filmed. It’s from the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Consultation in 2010. It was one of [Read More…]