Bill Moyers Video Clip: Why American Elections are No Longer Fair and Free – The Stunning Consequences of Citizen’s United

  My hat is off to Clara Jeffrey and Monika Bauerlein, who are some of the only journalists who are really on top of the changes that are happening in the American political world in regard to what they call Dark Money. Dark Money is the mountain of unregulated, undisclosed money flowing into the electoral process [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m a terrible procrastinator, and that I’ve been this way as long as I can remember. I once heard a leadership guru say that you should never make a decision before you have to, that you should always give events as much time as possible to unfold before choosing a course of [Read More…]

The Campaign 2012 (May the Best Loser Win) – The American Cult of Smartness Meets Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis

 Conor Friedersdorf has an interesting book review in the Atlantic. The article is called “The Cult of Smartness: How Meritocracy is Failing America,” and it is based on a book by Chris Hayes called Twilight of The Elites: America After Meritocracy. The premise of the article and book is that the country’s elite have a [Read More…]

Finally a sitcom about what it’s like to be in the ministry: Check out “Rev” on the BBC

As though we needed more evidence to convince us all that the British are indeed more funny that the Americans – the BBC’s Rev proves the point. I happened onto this show on the advice of a friend who does ministry. You can watch the first two episodes for free on – completely hilarious. [Read More…]

Things overheard at my house this weekend: “Mom’s Out of Town, Don’t Panic, You Can Do This!”

So, my wife was gone for the weekend again the boys and I made it through w/out a scratch. In a rare confluence of events, I’ve been on my own two weekends in as many months and I feel like I’m learning some helpful strategies for dads who get the kids to themselves for awhile. [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am feeling very thankful this morning for the Book of Common Prayer, especially for the Morning Office. I am learning how much I rely on the daily readings and prayers. I confess that I’m especially grateful for the audio prayers at I confess that I think that I think perhaps [Read More…]

Miroslav Volf Challenges an Important Part of the Pragmatic Missional Church Narrative

One of the abiding assertions I hear among Missional Church theologians and practitioners is the idea that the American church is somehow following in the footsteps of the European Church. European Christianity has ebbed and the stats on European church involvement are ugly. The logic is that the North American church will not be far [Read More…]

When someone tells me that they are “Not religious, but very spiritual,” I want to punch them in the face. Hard…

That is the best first line of a book I’ve heard in years – especially a book on religion or theology: “When someone tells me that they are ‘Not religious, but very spiritual,’ I want to punch them in the face… hard.” It’s the opening line from the new book, Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us [Read More…]

Are there Absolute, Universal, Ethical Principles?: why Bonhoeffer is still working me over

I’m working my way through Bethge’s book on Bonhoeffer. I came to a lecture Bonhoeffer gave while he spent a year (between his Phd & post-doctoral work – c.1928), as an assistant to the pastor of a German Lutheran church in Barcelona. It was a lax congregation of Germans working abroad. Bonhoeffer was attempting to [Read More…]

Are We Headed to the Era of the New Robber Barons?

Today is the recall election for Scott Walker in Wisconsin, and the money is flowing in for the already bloated campaign expenditures. When it is all said and done estimates are that 70-80 million dollars will have been spent on the election – much of it coming from out of state. CNN is reporting that [Read More…]