Goldman Sachs Exec Gives Peek Behind the Curtain of American Investment Banks

Just remember that these are the guys who put us in a recession. Greg Smith, a Goldman Sachs executive resigned on Wednesday and wrote a scathing review of life in the firm. The article “Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” is pretty telling and is worth a read. Here are just a few interesting excerpts: [Read More…]

Are We Getting Dumber? Let’s Hope TLC is Not Living Proof

It might be time for TLC to change its name. When The Learning Channel started out it was all about educational content. It was cool; a little nerdy, but still… Although it is still owned by the same parent company as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and the Science Channel, it has now become part of [Read More…]

How To Start a Cult

Here’s everything you always wanted to know about how to start a cult, but were always afraid to ask. I’m pretty sure that Hans Fiene has the playbook down pat in this video. My favorite part is the necessity of claiming unverifiable special revelation. Isn’t this a foundation of every great cult? Here’s how that [Read More…]

10 great words you should know and use

I am an unabashed logophile(noun – lover of words).  The English language is fascinating and multifarious(adjective – ‘to having many parts; diverse and varied’). And yet the typical person in our culture uses only a scintilla(a small fraction; a minute particle or trace) of this resplendent (adjective – gleaming, splendid, shining), language. We might try [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional – The conspicuous consumer-exhibitionist

I confess that the last time I was on an airplane I seriously struggled with my own non-violence. The woman next to me carried on some sort of salad reeking of garlic and blue cheese, and sat chewing and smacking her lips while having a loud phone conversation as though she was the only person [Read More…]

My 2nd Book is Officially in the Can: Check out Public Jesus

A few weeks ago I had a book project fall into my lap. One day I was going to have coffee with Chris Folmsbee with The House Studio and a few days later we were meeting to talk through a book project with an alarmingly quick deadline. It was one of the best things that has [Read More…]

The Future of Small Group Ministry:

You just know this isn’t that far off for some small groups. BTW, it’s not real news… it’s the Lark News. ANAHEIM HILLS — A small group from Life Baptist church met during the week, but the members have no memory of seeing each other because they were staring at their smartphones the entire time. “I [Read More…]

What is the President Really Like?: an insider’s take on Pres. Bush and Pres. Obama

I read two brief articles this morning, thought they were interesting, and wanted to pass them on. Both of them were written by self-described “space policy geek” Peter Marquez, who worked in the West Wing, and they are quick answers to questions concerning the last two presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Although politics [Read More…]

Top 10 Grammatical Errors – errors of syntax

Don’t feel bad… we all have done it. The English language can be tough to master, even if we have been using it our entire lives. Lord knows I still need help. So, to that end I’ve compiled a list of common mistakes. Strictly speaking, these are not grammatical errors. I stink at grammar. I misuse [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess I have never paid attention to leap day until this year, and then only because of media/entertainment coverage. I confess that I have had to stifle my annoying need to debunk the idea that it is a “free day.” I confess that when we saw “Anything Goes” on Broadway a couple of weeks [Read More…]