Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m watching The West Wing series again. I’m six episodes into season two and have already have confirmed what I suspected all along – I think The West Wing is the best TV show ever. I confess that I don’t get to play guitar as much as I used to, so when [Read More…]

Rowan Williams Stepping Down

Rowan Williams announced this week that he’s stepping down from his post as the head of the Anglican Church. The Archbishopric is a pretty good gig, although Williams has had to steward the church through tumultuous times. He’s been a source of great wisdom while being a steady hand at the helm of a church [Read More…]

The Case of the Missing Hacker

I just finished reading one of the most interesting articlesI’ve read in months. In fact it’s one of the finest pieces of writing of any kind that I’ve read this year. My hat is off to Annie Lowrey at Slate Magazine for her work. Take a few moments and read the story. It’s a bit [Read More…]

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…]