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…]

If You Know Someone Who Needs Hope, Here’s How Hope Happens

Hope can be elusive. Nothing is more destabilizing to a person than when they reach for hope and it isn’t there. I think perhaps no work of art I’ve ever encountered captures the tenuous and precious strands that keep us tethered to hope like Shawshank does. I learned from it – from this last scene [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that we finally took down our Christmas tree and decorations this weekend. I confess that every year we seem to be one of the last in our neighborhood putting them up, and the last taking them down. I confess that once I do take down the decorations, I give myself silent permission to [Read More…]

Lance Armstrong is Ready to Come Clean – Here’s Why We Should All Let Him

After reading Tyler Hamilton’s gripping memoir about professional cycling and life with Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France, I wrote a post last week that included my favorite quote from the book. While talking about the power of a secret, its ability to bond people, then destroy those bonds, Tyler Hamilton wrote: “…secrets are [Read More…]

The Truth About Cell Phones on Airplanes: debunking the “turn off all electronic devices” myth

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you’ve probably wondered what the real deal is on no phone or electronic device usage during take off and landing. This video debunks the myth that it could be a problem. The most interesting details to me are: 1) pilots use ipads and wifi in the cockpit. 2) [Read More…]

Knife Guys – Will Ferrell & Ryan Gosling – Your Friday Funny

Friday Funny: the purpose of Friday Funny is more than just a cheap laugh (although it certainly includes a cheap laugh). Friday is a writing day for me and I’m usually knee deep in sermon prep (as I am today) by 7am. All of my bandwidth for creativity is being swallowed up by that endeavor [Read More…]

The World Is Not Black & White (But It Isn’t Gray Either)

David Burell once said in my hearing that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who need certitude, and those who quest for understanding. About fifteen years ago I was sitting with some friends in a Hyvee Cafe in Lee’s Summit, MO (I know, but the food was really good there), and [Read More…]


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