When I Talk About Race I Feel Like a Phony: The Problem of Being White & Talking About Racism

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Many black leaders have been bitterly disappointed that President Obama has not shown more leadership in the arena of race. They might have a point. It’s not as though he hasn’t had the opportunity. From Travon Martin, to Ferguson, to Charleston, the opportunity for a President to actually do something with regard to the issue of [Read More...]

2015 Missio Alliance North American Gathering

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Missio Alliance just posted the audio files from their North American gathering held in Alexandria, VA last May. You can find them in the Resources section of their website: www.missioalliance.org. I cannot recommend this resource highly enough, & I thought I’d take this opportunity to post a few thoughts about what I experienced at this [Read More...]

Wise Words from an Ex-Cop: The Police Guardian v. The Police Warrior

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“Officers… must realize that the public—even a group of non-compliant teenagers—are not an enemy to be vanquished, but civilians to be protected.” – Seth Stoughton   I just read a phenomenal article from TPM & Seth Stoughton, a former cop who now teaches at the University of South Carolina Law School, commenting on the latest video evidence [Read More...]

10 Great Words You Should Know & Use

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One doesn’t have a good vocabulary; one maintains a good vocabulary. Evelyn Waugh was right to say, “One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” When at their best, writers work diligently at the use of language because we know that language lives at the heart of [Read More...]

Anne Lamott on Perfectionism

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“Perfectionism is another way we avoid vulnerability, and it also happens to be my favorite sin… I tell myself that if I do it perfectly every time, then no one can critique me, and I don’t have to feel vulnerable.” Shrink, p. 148.   I’m a recovering perfectionist. So every now and then I force [Read More...]

How does the word Christian modify the word Leader?

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Nearly every pastor or ministry leader I’ve ever met operates under the same underlying assumption that their main job is to make their church or ministry grow. This assumption is typically not a conscious thought, although it is in many cases. The assumption is highly operative, and uncritically accepted, even though if you asked them about [Read More...]

Why the “Big Drop in Share of Americans Calling Themselves Christian” Isn’t Our Problem

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The New York Times reported earlier this week on the sharp decline in the number of Americans who self-identify as Christians. I’m guessing Christians will likely blame this on shifting cultural values or some other outside phenomenon. As for my take, I think the church should probably be able to manage faithfulness with or without cultural approval. [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional: Frederick Buechner, and Listening to Your Life

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I confess that a friend of mine just picked up Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner, and sent me a pic that reminded me of this great little devotional book. I’m grateful for the reminder. There were a couple of years in the late 90s, while I was traveling with Satellite Soul, that this [Read More...]

Nazarene Controversy Highlighted in The Daily Beast: Here’s My Take…

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I’m just going to give you my take on this, then link back to the article… Karl W. Giberson is serious scholar, and a former faculty member at Eastern Nazarene College. Giberson says Oord is the victim of a fundamentalists witch hunt. He says, “The controversy at NNU is one battle in the long war [Read More...]

Earthday: Why Christians are so Bad on the Environment

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Do you know what scientists commonly call ecological studies? Dissipation studies: Terrestrial field dissipation studies, soil dissipation studies, habitat dissipation studies, natural resource dissipation studies, petroleum, forest, reef, fisheries dissipation studies… The Catholic theologian Ronald Rolheiser says that to be human is to live with an excess of desire. “Desire is always stronger than satisfaction,” [Read More...]


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