How's everyone doing? Today was a day of firsts for a lot of people in Southwest Missouri. Because many of us were on Spring Break last week, today many kids began schooling at home. Based on what I saw on Facebook and in my own house, there were decidedly mixed results. I'm not going to … Continue reading day 8
I will admit that I have always been an online church curmudgeon. I recognize that there was an element of the church even in the New Testament that was "virtual." When early leaders like Paul wrote letters to the churches, these letters were intended to be substitutes for their physical presence. The Church, however, is … Continue reading day 7
I took a few days before writing this post because 1) whatever-I'm-busy-you-don't-know-my-life and 2) because I didn't want to be just another blogger-dude™ dunking on Judah Smith. I wanted to have something more interesting to say other than "Judah Smith is a more upbeat Rob Bell with weirder classes and cooler friends."** **Relax. It's a … Continue reading first church of the technopolis
This is my third and final post on politics and theology. There is so much more to be said about the topic, and Google knows that there are so many who have said so much more about the topic. It seems to me that much more than three posts on any topic might open me … Continue reading on being political
**Just so there's no confusion, Bill Hybels is not Hitler.** I was recently doing some light reading on anti-natalism. If you don't know what that is, anti-natalism is a perky little philosophy that argues procreation is inherently bad and it would have been far better if none of us had ever been born. Therefore refraining … Continue reading godfather problem: learning arithmetic from hitler
A couple of weeks ago my son and I boarded a plane to Boston. I had an empty week in my schedule and airline miles burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided it was time to take Logan to a game at Fenway. We would spend some time with one of my best … Continue reading godfather problem: why your plane is probably not going to crash
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 why do institutions exist?
**This isn't something I'd normally blog about, but we are entering into internship season so it's timely. And to be honest this was turned down for publication recently, so there you go. What comes first must be the recognition that what Jesus observed in Matthew 9 remains as true today as ever. The harvest is … Continue reading what makes for an effective internship?
First a question: What is the difference between the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost son? While you think about that, let me tell you about a recent conversation I had with a former Bible college classmate on Twitter. (Yes, I know.) We were talking about an issue boiling hot … Continue reading it’s not me, it’s you: reaching the “dones”