Filling Up

November 20th, 2017

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How can First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, celebrate Thanksgiving, given that at least 26 of its members—four percent of the town’s population—were killed two weeks ago? Look at the first Thanksgiving, where 50 percent of the colony’s population was wiped out in one year.

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In the 1939 film Gone With The Wind, Clark Gable caused a stir by saying damn. On Chef’s Table, Ivan Orkin sprinkles the f-word like sea salt. What’s with all the f-bombs?

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Flourishing in Exile

November 6th, 2017

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It’s one thing to talk about seeking the flourishing of the city. It’s quite another to be doing it. I recently witnessed an institution that’s doing it.

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Tango, Anyone?

October 30th, 2017

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Andy Stanley, a prominent US pastor, says Christians hardly do any of the “one anothers.” He’s right, but fixing this requires undoing 500 years of damage.

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Richard Thaler recently won the Nobel Prize in economics. It’s well deserved for Thaler has uncovered the ways we are systematically irrational. This results in only a tiny percentage of the population being “economically rational people.” But why so few?

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Sex is on the decline. It’s partly due to our left-brain culture. It’s partly due to the rise of accessible porn. And it’s partly due to how most churches depict the gospel.

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We’re sexually schizophrenic. We talk more and more about sex yet do it less and less. Is this the end of sex? If so, it’s partly the result of pornography reversing the poles.

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The End of Sex?

October 1st, 2017

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In a recent issue of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers reported that on average, Americans have sex about nine fewer times a year than they did in the late 1990s. What’s going on here?

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“What do you do?” I get asked that a lot. Here’s an answer. Kathy and I seek to strengthen that which remains. What we seek to discern is exactly what remains?

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Borderlands

September 18th, 2017

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“The divine Marquis de la Fayette is in town, and is quite the thing.” An Annapolis resident, Mrs. Benjamin Ogle, wrote this in 1781. She was right. A Marquis is divine.

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Was Freud Right?

September 11th, 2017

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Sigmund Freud was critical of the Enlightenment. I believe he was right about that. What do you think?

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A Profession?

September 4th, 2017

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The MBA Oath is designed to turn business into a “true profession.” Colin Barry, a 2012 Harvard Business School grad, thinks it’s bunk. Is he right?

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Missing the Point

August 28th, 2017

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The recent dustup over diversity at Google indicates we’re missing the point. But I’m looking at it as a Christian. In the Christian faith, diversity is not an organizational aim.

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Deep Reading

August 21st, 2017

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Philip Yancey laments the loss of “deep reading.” Few men read books anymore. Daniel Handler, who writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket, has a solution. Give them books about sex.

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Tristan Harris is calling for a design renaissance in the tech industry. He described it in his April TED Talk. What if, in his next TED Talk, Harris credited an age-old faith tradition for helping bring about this renaissance?

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