“The Demise of Guys” – a book review that’s going places”

Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan have written a marvelous little book called "The Demise of Guys".  In reality it's little more than an expanded version of this TED talk, and is far more diagnostic than prescriptive.  Still, the first step in fixing anything is determining the extent to which it's broken, and what some of the causes of that brokenness might be.  If exposing dysfunction and it's underlying causes is important, these two shine bright, relentless sunshine on the state of men, and w … [Read more...]

Churches are dying because young people are shut out. Let’s fix this.

Churches are strange. If a steel plant closes in a Rust Belt city, you can be sure that there won’t be a new one opening in the same town where the one shut down.  And yet, when it comes that thing called “church,” we’re living in an era when 3,500-4,000 churches are closing their doors in America every year.  At the same time, there are roughly the same number of new churches opening their doors each year.  As a result, we’re in this very strange time when established churches with histories, p … [Read more...]

Fantasy: A Door That’s Closing—And Why We Should Keep It Open

This past weekend, as part of our plans to insulate our attic bedroom, I was searching out the "art" part of the project and stumbled upon these lovely works from England.  They're part of a folklore, fairy tale genre that hints at a different world—they're not the world itself, but just a hint of it, a marker pointing us in a direction beyond what we can touch, taste, and feel in this here and now.  As Lewis says, they are "only the scent of flower we have not found, the hint of a tune we have n … [Read more...]

Thawing my heart in the heat of Africa….

I'm back home, and don't know how to write about what happened.  But I wanted to share something... so here's this morning's entry from my prayer diary, with a few pictures thrown in.Good morning God...I’m back in Seattle.I remember being in the thick of my time there - tired, hungry, annoyed by sweat and bugs and the smells that come to humid places that have no showers.  I remember thinking, “I can’t get home soon enough - back to wood stoves, and skis, cologne and college basketball, my … [Read more...]

Thawing my heart in the heat of Africa….

I'm back home, and don't know how to write about what happened.  But I wanted to share something... so here's this morning's entry from my prayer diary, with a few pictures thrown in.Good morning God...I’m back in Seattle.I remember being in the thick of my time there - tired, hungry, annoyed by sweat and bugs and the smells that come to humid places that have no showers.  I remember thinking, “I can’t get home soon enough - back to wood stoves, and skis, cologne and college basketball, my … [Read more...]

Curious…

I'm enjoying reading the biography of a favorite Christian: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, while I'm over here in Germany.  He was a German pastor, ultimately arrested and executed because of his overt and covert involvement in the resistance movement. I love reading about German history while I'm over here because this history still bleeds into day to day conversations.  I learned today that the dorm for a local school here once housed Nazi youth, and that the Art Center I visited was leveled by Nazis a … [Read more...]

The Perfect Storm: Finding Liberty in Simplicity

I went running this morning in my shoeless shoes, pondering the fresh health I'm enjoying in my running because I've been liberated from the belief that the foot needs something other than itself to run well.  It's not the point of this post, but if you're interested, you can read about it here.The morning offered a bed of leaves through which to run because last night there was a wind storm, the kind that makes a howling sound in our attic bedroom, the kind that strips trees of leaves, … [Read more...]

Getting to “Why”

This past Sunday evening's sixty minutes offered a remarkable example of the power of vision.  This is worth watching! Gustavo Dudamel is the new Venezuelan conductor of the LA Philharmonic.  He could have gone anywhere, but chose Los Angeles because, as he says, he wants to "change the future of this city through music".  Members of the Philharmonic are now investing part of their professional hours teaching young children in the poorest parts of the city how to play instruments, believing that … [Read more...]


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