Approaching a Culture of Despair

I had a phenomenal evening talking last night with a group of disciples from Redemption Church in Olathe, KS. We watched this video (below) of Stanley Hauerwas, and talked about despair and what it means to speak like a Christian in the midst of a world that has ceased to believe in God. I felt [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I often have a difficult time getting myself to work on Mondays. I spend way too much time reading other people’s blogs and catching up on the news. I confess that navigating the papers online is not nearly as fun or productive as having the real things in my hand. I realize [Read More...]

18 Common Phrases to Avoid in Conversation

My wife reads REAL SIMPLE magazine. I’ll admit to never reading it. However, I do look through it from time to time because the graphic design is really well done – classic clean look. Anyway, here’s the first time on this blog that I’ve ever featured something from a magazine which targets women as the [Read More...]

Puppets Freak Me Out

The Suttle family took what will most certainly become a yearly trek down to Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown KC, to see the Paul Messner Puppets put on their nativity production. I’ll be honest – I was not excited. Time for a little bit of self-disclosure here. Puppets have always freaked me out [Read More...]

Hot or Not Hot Primary

I take politics seriously, but I’m not a partisan – I don’t feel at home in any major political party. Maybe that’s why my favorite part of election year is the political satire & humor. I’m going to feature a lot of this here over the next year or so. I promise that I’ll do [Read More...]

Vader Did You Know?

Okay – don’t stone me… this is stinking hilarious. Personally, my favorite part is when Yoda’s voice-over inverts the structure to “vader know did you?” I’m also a big fan of the juxtaposition of Luke & Vader cutting off each other’s hands. There are few things I love more than Christmas parodies that are sick [Read More...]

Rob Bell is Stronger

The announcement of Rob Bell’s recent decision to leave Mars Hill came as no big surprise to most of us. I’ve gotten used to watching pastor’s writing/speaking careers eclipse their life as a pastor. The demands of speaking engagements, travelling, and writing are not that compatible with the demands of leading a local church. It’s [Read More...]

Joel Osteen Gets Reality Show

Joel Osteen, Mark Burnett Partner For Reality Show About Lakewood Church Mission Trips Why do I get the feeling this was somehow inevitable! [Read more...]

How to Shrink Your Church

I’ve got a new article up at the Huffington post called How to Shrink Your Church. It’s re-posted on the Jesus Creed blog where there is a really good discussion happening in the comments. This is certainly touching a nerve with some people. Lots of questions about what faithfulness actually looks like. I say faithfulness [Read More...]

Mel Gibson / Robert Downey Jr. Video

So Mel Gibson is on a long losing streak. After separating from his wife of 26 years in 2006, it’s been one embarrassing blunder after another. He’s been arrested and caught saying terribly offensive things. He’s been accused of misogyny, racism, antisemitism, and homophobia, all for good reasons. And when questioned about his actions, his [Read More...]