Rich Mullins Died On This Day in 1997: Remembering His Thoughts About the World

When I listen to Rich Mullins’ music (and I still listen), he makes me want to go camping. It’s weird, I know, but it always seems like I could more easily imagine the world he imagined if I could just get off the grid for awhile. And I want to imagine the world that he [Read More…]

What Did the Native American Elder Say to the Moon? A Little Friday Funny

This comes from the Indian Country Today Media Network, where they are also fans of the Friday Funny. When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, they did some astronaut training on a Navajo Indian reservation. One day, a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, [Read More…]

The MegaChurch is Like An Athlete On Steroids

If the church is the body of Christ, then the megachurch is like an athlete on steroids. Every major city has a bevy of churches drawing between 5k-25k people. To get a body to grow that big leaders have to use some sort of performance enhancer. These things—typically models, strategies, and techniques gleaned not from the gospel or [Read More…]

The American Justice System Isn’t Broken – It’s Doing Exactly What It’s Designed to Do

“I think our criminal justice system is working as intended. It is only broken to the extent that our society is broken… the lens of criminal justice is the way this country has traditionally regarded black people. I don’t know that anything is broken at all. The deeper question is: are we okay with something on [Read More…]

Who Would You Be If You Lost It All?

Who would you be if you lost it all? I save great questions in the back of my journal. When I start a new one, that’s the first page I copy over to the new journal–every question, every line. I use these questions in times of self-reflection, and when I’m doing spiritual direction with others. This question is [Read More…]

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

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…]