10 Thomas Merton Sayings that Sound Just Like Yoda.

My sons and I have been watching our way through the three Star Wars prequels (insert Jar Jar Binks jokes here), as a way to get excited for the new film. For a couple of hours after every movie my kids and I end up inverting our sentence structures to mimic the way Yoda speaks. The [Read More…]

Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998): A Missional Life

Every year my church spends the month of November studying the lives of the saints of the church. Last week we looked at the life and contribution of Lesslie Newbigin.   Lesslie Newbigin was born in 1909 in Newcastle, England. Thus he came of age in a time of great cultural upheaval. He was just a boy while [Read More…]

10 Great Quotes on Thanksgiving and Gratitude

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ― G.K Chesterton “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in [Read More…]

Liz Kanoy, Editor at Crosswalk, Has a Thoughtful Article on My Piece On the Language of Terrorism

Liz Kanoy, an editor at Crosswalk.com, is one of the writers I check in with now and then, just to see what she’s thinking about and writing about.  You can see more of what she’s written here. Kanoy always seems to write about matters that matter, not just to see how many shares she can get, [Read More…]

A Good & Beautiful Life: Free Online Learning Hangout with James Bryan Smith Today at Missio Alliance

This fall my church, Redemption Church in KC, took three weeks to turn our focus to the topic of the beautiful. We did a three part sermon series and a few side classes during which we took the famous line from Fyodor Dostoevsky “Beauty Will Save the World,” as our jumping off point. It’s fascinating how [Read More…]

Who’s the Everyday Saint In Your Life?: A Sermon for All Saints Day

Every year my church spends the month of November studying the lives of the saints of the church. This was an attempt to commend to us the lives of those everyday saints all around us, who point the way to a good life, and give mercy and grace hands and feet in our world.  The outline format reflects [Read More…]

Dear France: Don’t Make the Same Mistake We Did

It’s Not War, It’s Murder: Why the Language We Use about Terrorist Attacks Really Matters.     My heart goes out to the people of France, especially the residents of Paris. When faced with such unspeakable violence and barbarism humans cannot help but experience a visceral loss of our sense of security. The fear resulting from such a loss [Read More…]

The Scientist Who Fired God – A Little Friday Funny

One day, when science had become incredibly advanced. Thanks to the efforts of by bio-medical engineers, most human diseases had been eradicated, and the infant mortality rate was almost zero. Thanks to genetic engineers, nearly all birth defects and genetic diseases could be reversed immediately, and people were living longer than ever. They even learned how to clone human beings [Read More…]

Sneak Peek at the Missional Leadership & Discipleship Course Next Semester at NTS

The mission of God is unmanageable. This is where the conversation about missional leadership begins. When it comes to the kingdom of God, we cannot control outcomes with even the most ingenious models, techniques, and strategies. God is going to do what God is going to do with the church, and God can never be controlled or [Read More…]