culture

Beware Numbness

“Numbness does not hurt like torture, but in a quite parallel way, numbness robs us of our capability for humanity.” Walter Brueggemann, Prophetic Imagination Beware the numbing effects of technology, commodity satiation, and comfort. They lead to comparison, abandonment of gratitude, and warped perspective on priorities. Numbness not only disconnects Read more…

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…

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…

business

Order

Life is built on a sequence of events played out over time. I can’t buy my next guitar until I sell my present guitar. Which I just did. (Enjoy, Mark R.) I couldn’t write this post until I got here to Hawaii. Between the build up to Easter, the launching Read more…

business

Make Your City Rejoice

Have you ever been excited to realize that you’re living something out in real life that you saw modeled in scripture? My friend, Senior Pastor and business partner, Kirk Gilchrist, texted me this article early this morning: Watertown-Fort Drum Ranks as 5th Best Micropolitan Area Based on Economic Strength After Read more…