a movie for each generation

Following tangents and rabbit trails is one of my favorite teaching methods. Those seem to be the moments when everyone - including the professor - perk up a little bit from their PowerPoint induced malaise. In a recent class I got side tracked by a conversation about movies. We were talking about how movies are … Continue reading a movie for each generation

how did we get here?

On a recent Sunday morning I was missing church both physically and existentially. Rather than worship, I was sitting in a poorly lit, underground hotel conference room listening to a plenary session at the annual meeting of one of the major regional accrediting bodies for higher education in the United States. It was titillating, as … Continue reading how did we get here?

first church of the technopolis

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

is virtue signalling a sin?

I promise I'll not make a habit of this, but I have one of those personality types where it is hard to let a conversation go without replaying it in my mind over and over again. It's not a particularly enjoyable quirk to have - especially as a person who communicates for a living. So … Continue reading is virtue signalling a sin?

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 why do institutions exist?

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 keeping devices in their place

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 how to have a happy new year