why do institutions exist?

What is the purpose of an institution? What is the purpose of a college, of a church, of a business, of a government, of a family, of a community organization? Why do institutions exist? Transformative Model Like most things, it depends on who you ask. Some would say that institutions exist to affect or preserve the... Continue Reading →

turning coitus into koinos

First a story. Tara and I went on a cruise about a year ago. Anyone who has ever been on a cruise will tell you that there are a few things that are never in short supply on the boat: buffets, drunks, drunks at buffets, and mediocre entertainment. While on this cruise, one of the... Continue Reading →

keeping devices in their place

In one small way it was kind of a sad Christmas. This year we made the tough choice to get my son a phone for Christmas. Leading up to Christmas, I felt like virtually every parent in The Christmas Story telling Ralphie that he's not ready for that Red Ryder BB gun. "You'll become a mindless drone... Continue Reading →

how to have a happy new year

Recently, our culture has become rather obsessed with turning "Merry Christmas" into some bizarre political football. This was the year where seemingly every issue or special interest quickly morphed into an obsession over night only to dissipate into vapor mere days later. In a year of the silly, ridiculous, and borderline insane the Trumped up... Continue Reading →

do not be afraid

We have reached that point in the year where people grow reflective about "the year that was." There is no shortage of people lining up to tell you how to feel about the past year which strikes me as more than a little presumptuous for at least a couple of reasons. First of all, everyone... Continue Reading →

a brick and mortar christmas

Pardon the "get off my lawn" post, but I'm 40 now. There comes a point in every man's life where he embraces his inner curmudgeon. There comes a point in every man's life where he finds himself less identifying with Ralphie than with his cranky dad. I'm choosing 40 as that point. (Although, those who... Continue Reading →

do good without god?

In a previous post I addressed the question: Can a person be good without God? By "good" I mean a status or condition of wholeness and healing. The gospel and universal experience compels an answer of "no." A person cannot be made good without God. The best we can get is an approximation or temporary goodness.... Continue Reading →

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