Don’t find your passion—find your lover

Graduation is in the air, and David Brooks' excellent article about the wrong-headed speeches he's heard this graduation season is a great jumping-off point for a very important conversation.  Brooks makes the important observation that today's generation is entering a world of unemployment and an unprecedented convergence of challenges on several fronts.  But, as Brooks notes, "College students are raised in an environment that demands one set of navigational skills, and they are then cast out i … [Read more...]

Don’t find your passion—find your lover

Graduation is in the air, and David Brooks' excellent article about the wrong-headed speeches he's heard this graduation season is a great jumping-off point for a very important conversation.  Brooks makes the important observation that today's generation is entering a world of unemployment and an unprecedented convergence of challenges on several fronts.  But, as Brooks notes, "College students are raised in an environment that demands one set of navigational skills, and they are then cast out i … [Read more...]

Messiah complex and conventional wisdom: a marriage made in hell

Two books found their way into my world this spring, and their convergence has helped me understand why so many pastors are suffering short tenures  (3-5 year average) and physical problems, and the battle each of us in professional ministry must face.  The books are The Time Bomb in the Church and Ignore Everybody.  The former is about pastors who have heart attacks because they're doing too much; the latter is about creativity, which is a big umbrella under which many subjects can find cover, i … [Read more...]

The rest of the story—and a way to share it

Yes.  Of course.  Westboro Baptist church is planning a protest for President Obama's visit to Joplin, Mo., to inflict a little hate and misery, in Jesus' name.  That the rapture didn't happen this past Saturday was in the news as much as if it had happened.  And people are still debating whether Rob Bell is saved.This is the stuff that generates tweets, blogs, Facebook fodder, debates, ill-will, and the general opinion that people of faith are more interested in their own internal squabbles th … [Read more...]

California, meet Rwanda – and learn about justice, reconciliation, and prisons

In a culture characterized by high unemployment, isolation, mind-numbing addictive drugs, and ready access to weapons, it's no surprise that prison populations are swelling.  But our response to the inevitable overcrowding is, just possibly, a moment when we can take pause and learn from others.  The lessons we'll discover are important, not just for prisoners and governments, but for ever person who's ever wronged another and looked for a way forward in the relationship.  Interested in le … [Read more...]

California, meet Rwanda – and learn about justice, reconciliation, and prisons

In a culture characterized by high unemployment, isolation, mind-numbing addictive drugs, and ready access to weapons, it's no surprise that prison populations are swelling.  But our response to the inevitable overcrowding is, just possibly, a moment when we can take pause and learn from others.  The lessons we'll discover are important, not just for prisoners and governments, but for ever person who's ever wronged another and looked for a way forward in the relationship.  Interested in le … [Read more...]

Science Camp…has just begun

Science camp is just getting started.Yes, the week on the island is over.  The week of being thrown together with what appeared to the naked eye to be an utterly random gathering of 15 pastors (Baptist, Assembly of God, Reformed Church, United Church of Canada, Presbyterians, and a mutt like me) is over.  The profound face to face conversations with this group, in class settings and while feasting on organic, lovingly prepared meals and fine wine, is over.  Waking to sunrises that painted the i … [Read more...]

Permission to enjoy life: Granted

“Come and have breakfast.”  It’s a simple statement embedded in the story that billions believe has changed the trajectory of history forever – the resurrection of Jesus.  The bit about breakfast might easily be lost on us because of the larger framework of the resurrection, and the restoration of Peter to faith after he’d failed Christ by denying him.  But the meal and the wounds in Jesus side aren’t incidental décor; they’re telling us something vital about the nature of our life in Christ and … [Read more...]


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