A Few Thoughts on the Fiscal Cliff – Here’s My Prediction

I read the news for about an hour this morning, taking in everything I could read on the status of negotiations regarding the fiscal cliff. My up front disclaimer is that I’m chiefly concerned with theology and ethics, not government, but I really enjoy reading about policy. Nevertheless, as a Christian and a pastor my [Read More…]

Shoot Christians Say – The Evangelical Lexicon Exposed (Friday Funny)

When I watch this video I feel like I’m back on the road with Satellite Soul, playing at Christian colleges and churches. Trip and Tyler are the best. [garagetv Stuff Christians Say from worshiphousemedia on GodTube. nolink] Stuff Christians Say from worshiphousemedia on GodTube.   [Read more…]

Hipster Thanksgiving (You’re Welcoming… A Friday Funny – Early Edition)

My wife sent me this clip; I’ve watched it twice and can’t stop laughing. Give yourself a 5 minute post-Thanksgiving vacation present, watch & enjoy. The opening scene is brilliant. “If you could just hashtag that you heard it through me that would be great.” The two girls who try to out-hip each other… “I [Read More…]

It’s a Mad World / A Video and Sermon Helps for Advent 01

Advent season is arriving, which means that many of us who do not follow the lectionary in ordinary time begin to sync back up with it. Each week I’m going to try to put together a few thoughts to help provoke those pastors, students, and theological nerds (meant to be a term of endearment), as [Read More…]

What’s Your Story? My Top 5 Favorite Memoirs & Why do We Love Memoirs So Much?

A memoir is almost always an easy read. I’m typically engrossed from the first word. Here’s my top 5 list. What are your top 5? Cash by Johnny Cash Night by Elie Weisel Hannah’s Child by Stanley Hauerwas Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner Confessions by St. Augustine Honorable mention would be Travelling Mercies by Anne [Read More…]

Here’s a Message I gave at a Church in Kansas City Last Week: The Joy of Living a Good Story

I’ve been on the senior team/staff of 3 church plants over the past 15 years, and it has been one of the most challenging things I can imagine. That all three churches have survived and thrived to this day is one of the stories I cherish most about my life. One important element they all [Read More…]

Great Dorothy Day Quotes – Cardinal Dolan & Dorothy Day Make an Unlikely Couple

There’s an interesting article in The New York Times today about Cardinal Dolan’s support for the canonization and eventual sainthood of Dorothy Day, the American born mother of the Catholic Worker movement. Dorothy Day was a great writer and activist who continues to inspire many of us who seek to care for the vulnerable in [Read More…]

Why Do We Keep Choosing Narcissistic Leaders?

I read an interesting article today from the Harvard Business Review about the rash of high profile leaders resigning because of extra-marital affairs. As an evangelical Christian, my antenna is pretty high for narcissistic leadership – it has long been our stock in trade. The comparison is made easier when evangelicals like Pat Robertson make [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have been taking a short and much needed break from blogging the past three days. I confess that yesterday I didn’t even turn on my computer. The hiatus was probably a good thing, but I have missed the interaction and creative outlet. I confess that I watched Skyfall over the break. [Read More…]

Eat the Turkey, not each other: How to survive Thanksgiving dinner – A Great Article by my friend Marty Troyer

Marty Troyer gives some great insight as to why family thanksgivings can be so difficult for some, and how to handle it. Here’s an excerpt from his article in the Houston Chronicle: “…you’re getting ready for hours of extroverted time with people who believe differently, vote differently, function differently, parent differently, eat differently, relax differently, [Read More…]


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