Culture

Believe the victim…or not?

Believe the victim…or not?

David and Goliath. Field of Dreams. Star Wars. Rocky. The Sandlot. The local mom and pop store. Underdog stories never get old. We can't help loving them. They also contain a distinctively American flavor, probably because this country only exists because the underdog...

How to develop new leaders: The Freedom to Fail

How to develop new leaders: The Freedom to Fail

If you hand over your car keys to your sixteen year old, you can pretty well guarantee the car is not going to come back to you in better condition. The spectacle of driving which you will powerlessly witness will be neither textbook safety nor racecar precision. But unless you want to play chauffeur to your maturing young adult, you must run that risk.

Prayer Shaming and Prayer’s Power

Prayer Shaming and Prayer’s Power

Prayers are not the same as thoughts. Prayer is petitioning an Almighty God, through the blood and mediation of Christ, to act in ways beyond human capacity.

Your authentic self isn’t enough

Your authentic self isn’t enough

We’ve all encountered people who are unshakably authentic, who, we can’t help thinking, could perhaps do with being a little more fake. An authentic monster is perhaps better than a monster in disguise, but not by much.

Can I follow my heart?

Can I follow my heart?

Wisdom does not come from within. Nor will the lifestyle of liberating an “inner child” lead to lasting freedom.

Why fasting? Because we’re all spiritually fat

Why fasting? Because we’re all spiritually fat

When you think of “pampered, comfortable, spoiled, and entitled,” are these words you mostly use to complain about millenials, or do you recognize how you and I carry some of that same fat?

Renew the city – start with yourself

Renew the city – start with yourself

The reason why the subject of city transformation or cultural renewal will spawn an infinite number of books, articles, and resources, is because by God’s wisdom, the actual process is so hard to pin down. Blessing comes to an area through the lives of upright people. That’s a pretty indirect route.

The soil of apathy    Part II

The soil of apathy Part II

There is no grand narrative. There is no sweeping, golden standard of right and wrong, of high virtue and deathly vice. All of these are flattened. Our experience is much narrower than that. All that truly matters is your individual, smaller story.

The soil of apathy   Part I

The soil of apathy Part I

By apathy I do not mean an emotionless shrug at everything that happens, but rather the lack of willpower to act in any sustained and meaningful way to bring about change. Certainly there are exceptions, but they are exceptions.