Why the Ascension Matters: A few thoughts for Ascension Day

Today is Ascension Day, or as most evangelicals call it, “Thursday.” Do we not know what the ascension really means because we don’t celebrate it? Or do we not celebrate it because we don’t know what it means? Either way, I’ve been sitting on a nice post by Mark Cortez, who is a professor at [Read More…]

Best Marriage Quote Ever: Alexander Schmemann on Marriage as Mission

As a follow up to the conversation begun yesterday about Christian marriage, I wanted to share the best marriage quote I’ve ever read, at least in relation to the modern institution of marriage. Schmeman was an Eastern Orthodox priest, writer, and theologian. His book For the Life of the World is a must-read. “A marriage [Read More…]

New Marriage Stats – Marriage is on the Wane

Here are some new stats on marriage from the Black, White, & Gray blog. Interesting trends happening right now. Divorce rate seems to be going down in our society – if only slightly. Overall marriages are down as well, which means the drop in divorce rate is due to the fact that more people who [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that everyday when I’m running on the Mill Creek Trail I speed up and watch for flying objects as I pass under the bridge at K10 Highway. I confess that I do this because I have an irrational fear that someone is going to throw a glass bottle out of a car driving [Read More…]

Why I Hate Mother’s Day – by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is one of my favorite writers of creative non-fiction. I love her writing – so raw and beautiful – because she meanders in an almost stream of consciousness fashion, then drops in a zinger so profound I have to put the book down just to let it sink in. She’s brilliant, irreverent, and unwilling to [Read More…]

Meet the top 10 banks that hold nearly 85% of all banking assets.

  Tuesday we looked at how the top 10 consumer product companies. Wednesday was a look at the top 6 broadcasting companies. Today is a snapshot of the banking industry. Over the past two decades in particular, the top U.S. banks have been buying smaller banks. In the 2008 financial crisis these banks were deemed “too [Read More…]

Say Hello to the 6 Media Outlets who control nearly everything you watch and read…

Yesterday we explored the 10 companies that make most of the products we use on a daily basis. Today I want to show a snapshot of how the media companies have been changing over the past few decades, using this interesting infographic.  Some interesting facts from the Graphic are: In 1983, 90% of American Media [Read More…]

Say hello to the 10 companies who make most of our consumer products

There is a pretty interesting graphic making its way around the internet right now, showing the hundreds of corporations and brands that are owned by just a few central companies. It’s pretty amazing to think that nearly every consumer product you buy traces back to just a handful of parent corporations. These enormous corporations are [Read More…]

The Kingdom of God is like taking a ride on the Copenhagen Subway…

The Kingdom of God is like taking a ride on the Copenhagen Subway, and the Copenhagen Philharmonic breaks out into Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Yes… it is! [Read more…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that our family friend Jenny Hutchinson (Thompson), is in surgery at KU Med right now donating her kidney to a little boy named Hayden. I confess that I believe her act of kindness is an example of how normal everyday people can push back the darkness by imitating the life of Christ. “No [Read More…]