culture

Changing One

I remember walking the grassy fields of Auschwitz in the summer of 2002, trying to contemplate just how many millions of people had perished there. A million people is a hard concept to grasp. Millions of people even harder. And that these lives hadn’t lived and died in the naturally Read more…

LEADERSHIP

Arresting Our Perspectives

Sometimes our perspectives need arresting. The out-of-control, self-centric world view that plagues those of us who live amongst the earth’s most affluent societies is a beast that needs constant taming. The fix is quite simple really: force your sane self to show your perspective-less self the images and stories that Read more…

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Leadership Tactics

One of yesterday’s highlights was having US Army Operations Officer Zack Wiley bring his wealth of knowledge to our table at New Life. Very humbling to have man that organizes operations and logistics for an entire battalion honor us with his insight. Translating it to the church world is exciting Read more…

LEADERSHIP

What Gratitude Does

I’ve never met a thankful person who had a bad day. Ungratefulness is like a blindness that leads us down the path of depravity until we’re trapped in the clutches of entitlement. Take today and start thanking God for the minutia in your life. It changes attitudes quickly. When I Read more…

culture

The Life Dichotomy

Plenty of things in this life should give us reason to pause. Why does the word “lisp” have an “s” in it? Since Americans throw rice at weddings, do Asians throw cheeseburgers? And then there’s this picture of an octopus eating a shag: Not that bird’s best day. Other more Read more…

kingdom

How Do You Read The Bible?

Most of my spiritual conversations over the last several weeks have swirled around a common question: How do you read the Bible? Some of these dialogs have stemmed from the social media firestorm surrounding musician Michael Gungor’s admission that he does not believe some of Genesis’ accounts are literal. Others Read more…

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Bible Nature

The Bible does not give simple answers to complex questions, but complex answers to complex questions. Part of its beauty is that it always calls its readers much higher in our thinking, and doesn’t stoop to accommodate an inferior perception of humanity or its Creator. To treat Scripture as a Read more…

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For the War History Buff

I’m intrigued by a meticulous art project from UK-based photographer Thom Atkinson, in which he obtained and laid out the battle kit of English soldiers over the past millennium. The fiction author in me, as well as the child in me, found the images fascinating. Similarly, my boys were eager Read more…