What We Lost on 9/11 Was Our Sense of Security, & It Never Came Back. What Took Its Place was Fear.


When we awoke on that morning we all knew we were basically safe & sound. When we went to bed, we all knew we were not. It was an illusion to be sure, but until 9/11 Americans really thought we were secure… we were safe & sound. The most enduring impact of SEP 11 2001 was the loss of any [Read More...]

Kim Davis’ Hypocrisy Began the Moment She Became an Agent of the State


I’ve honestly been trying not to weigh in on the Kim Davis situation, because the whole situation smells rotten to me. But there’s a blatant hypocrisy to her position that I haven’t seen anybody mention… so here goes. First off, let me say that I think both sides are wrong in this issue, and both sides [Read More...]

Top 10 Worst Companies in CEO-to-Worker Salary Ratio: You Probably Use Them All

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Organized labor has seen better days. Plagued by political corruption, changing economic realities, and poor leadership, labor has been weakening for decades. American Christians seem no different from the rest of Americans who are either ambivalent or even happy about this reality, but healthy labor organizations are essential to our society. Their failure–no matter who is to [Read More...]

Kanye’s VMA Speech Is Getting Lots of Love – Not From Me


I keep seeing media sites taking Kanye’s VMA speech seriously. The worst offender is Slate, and the article that calls it the Greatest Awards Show Acceptance Speech of All Time.” Seriously? The VMA awards have become ever more ridiculous each year. The unofficial theme in 2015 was clearly Idiocracy Live, complete with a Camacho-like presidential address by Kanye [Read More...]

Concussions and Football: Monday Morning Confessional


I confess that football season is here, so it’s time for my yearly confession that I love to watch the game of football. However, it is becoming more and more obvious that traumatic brain injury is a consistent side effect of the sport. It’s also becoming obvious that there is no way to make it [Read More...]

The End of Revenge: Nonviolence & the American Fascination With Getting Even


When Vester Lee Flanagan left behind his attempts to explain the unexplainable—the reason he shot two former colleagues in cold blood during a live broadcast—the rationale he gave was simple revenge; revenge for the mass shooting at a church in Charleston; revenge for mistreatment by his formal employer. After reading the accounts of his work history [Read More...]

J.R. Woodward Engages With Shrink at the V3 Blog Today


I am excited to see that J.R. Woodward at V3 Church Planting Movement is engaging with Shrink on his blog today. You can read the full article at his site. J.R. is crashing together themes from Shrink, Slow Church, and the recent attention given to Amazon.com’s work/leadership culture. It’s a pretty interesting read. Here’s a quick excerpt: Too [Read More...]

Do You Feel the Love? I Feel the Love: Monday Morning Confessional


I confess that once I get The Mowgli’s song San Francisco stuck in my head, it has a tendency to stay there absolutely all day long. I make no apologies for this, you see, because I’ve been in love with love, and the idea of something binding us together for a long, long time. Anytime I can [Read More...]

How Limits Lead to Freedom, a Practical Exercise: The Purge


Yesterday I wrote a post about what makes for human freedom. Most of us uncritically believe that freedom is about a lack of constraint. Limits are something to be thrown off and left behind. Freedom, we’ve been taught, is about self-determination; no limits. We should be free to do whatever we want, so long as we don’t impede other people’s [Read More...]

What is the Path to Human Freedom? (It’s Not What You Think It Is)


Freedom is a big deal in our culture—the founding virtue of American society—despite the fact that most of us have a naïve understanding of what we mean when we claim to be free. Freedom is typically defined as self-determination; no limits. We are free to do whatever we want to do, so long as we [Read More...]