What Technology Would You Take with You to Heaven?


That’s the question asked earlier today by John Dyer, the director of web development for Dallas Theological Society. He began the summit’s application discussion by inviting us to think about technology. (If you’ve not yet read John’s book From the Garden to the City, I highly recommend it.) In that book, Dyer explains the double-edged sword [Read More...]

You Can Create Things to Restore Your Community


David Gill moved the conversation from devices to decisions, inviting Christians to be proactive in their approach to ethics. Gill has made a career studying ethics, consulting with numerous businesses in addition to his academic work at starting at Berkeley to his recent work at the Mockler Center. Practicing ethical principles requires discipline, as he [Read More...]

Enjoy Today’s Work

Psalm 37 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 It’s really easy for me to wait for the next big thing. It’s a habit of mine, actually. When I was in middle school, I couldn’t wait to be in high school; when I was in high [Read More...]

Holy Routines


“Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus told us to make this bold and practical declaration when we pray. He knew that we need sustenance—both for our souls and for the bodies our souls inhabit. We tend to classify as “spiritual” practices those we (perhaps erroneously) separate from our physical experience: prayer, study of [Read More...]

Your Work Is Not as Important as You Want It To Be: A Review of Mark Labberton’s New Book


The American church is in crisis. We have traded Christ’s passion for our own church programs. We have traded the Kingdom of God for the kingdom of politics. We have traded selfless community, existing to worship God and serve others, for selfish community, existing to entertain ourselves and maintain a social club. This is the [Read More...]

What Will My Body Be Like in the Resurrection?

1 Corinthians 15:35-50 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies. [Read More...]

Why Do We Watch the Walking Dead?


The Walking Dead starts again tonight. I love this show, but I don’t have quite the heart for death and zombies like I used to. Sometimes, I fear that our culture is pushing it too far. For example, last year, a disturbing image came through my social media news streams, a life-sized mannequin for shooting [Read More...]

24 Hours of Hope: An Interview with Kay Warren about Suicide, Mental Illness, and the Church

Kay Warren Outdoor (Final)

Eighteen months ago, Kay Warren’s 27-year-old son Matthew died by suicide. As co-founder of Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, California, and wife of the Rev. Rick Warren–one of the nation’s most famous pastors, Matthew’s death was headline news. What the public did not know was that the Warrens had been dealing with their son’s mental [Read More...]

If You Have a Calling, Then You Have a Caller


Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1 We don’t hear the language of calling very often in common speech anymore. When I was growing up, I heard people talk about their calling even outside of church, mostly [Read More...]

Is My Work a Calling?


Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1 As an ordained pastor, nobody would flinch if I said I have been called to my line of work. We’re familiar with the notion that clergy have a calling. But [Read More...]