When Violence Hits Home: “sparing the rod,” spanking, & peaceful parenting

[Kurt's Editor Note: The following article, written by Rachel Boldwyn, reflects my general approach to spanking. Lauren and I have no plans to spank our daughter, for the reasons listed in this article and for various other reasons. With that said, we need to offer grace and understanding in this area. I have no interest [Read More...]

Re-Membering Memorial Day with Love

photo © 2010 US Army Africa | more info Remember… …that life is a gift. To call it a gift is to imply that we did not earn it. Life is grace. Peace preserves life. So on this Memorial Day weekend we remember that God’s intention for this world is shalom. This would be a [Read More...]

North Korea may bomb the hell out of us and blow us to smithereens, yet we will cling to the instability of hope

  ***I wrote this article prior to the events in Boston, otherwise my title would have been a bit more sensitive. My prayers go out to the victims and their families. At the moment, I have the unfortunate luck to commute about an hour to and from work every day. Don’t get me wrong, I [Read More...]

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...]