America’s Unforgivable Youth: What Lupe Fiasco can Teach the Church

Growing up, I developed a love for rap music. Yep. Many of you are shocked. I don’t fit the stereotype. I also used to be heavily involved in skateboarding. Some of my best memories include solo sessions on my board popping kick-flips to the rhythms of a smooth hip-hop track. It’s probably the closest I [Read More…]

Parenting Reimagined Podcast: Dreaming of a Daughter Liberated and Loved

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Subscribe via iTunes I recently was interviewed by my friend Sherry Walling, Ph.D. She the mother of two sons, a clinical psychologist,  a seminary graduate (Fuller), a world traveler, and a person who spends Friday nights at home in sweatpants. The Parenting Reimagined podcast is her brainchild. I felt a bit odd thinking forwardly [Read More…]

Is preaching nonviolence bad for evangelism?

Many in the evangelical realm, especially pastors and lay leaders committed to church growth, believe that proclaiming the revolutionary vision of nonviolence and Kingdom allegiance is antithetical to evangelism. In other words, some folks (with good intentions) worry that emphasizing an Anabaptist (peace and justice) ethic might make the Gospel unattractive in our American context. [Read More…]

When “Top Gun” becomes a pacifist

In 1986 when I was a senior in high school, a new movie was released all across movie theaters of America. This film portrayed a life that became the envy of just about every young man. It involved cool motorcycles, hot babes, and fast jets. If you haven’t already guessed, the movie was “Top Gun” [Read More…]