A Strategic Bet

January 15th, 2018

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David Brooks, 56, says his peers “seem clueless” about how to change the world. He’s betting on those under 40. There’s a lot of evidence that’s a strategic bet.

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There’s a debate whether innovation in the U.S. is rising or, as Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal claims, is “somewhere between dire straits and dead.” What if it’s neither? What if it’s left-brain?

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The central theme in Judaism is return, the translation of the Hebrew word t’shuvah. That’s also the central theme for my 2018 New Year’s resolution—returning.

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Last week I wished you a Mary Christmas. But there’s something else about Mary that we, as Christ’s betrothed, would benefit from remembering.

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Mary Christmas

December 18th, 2017

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How can this be? Mary’s response to learning she’d soon be pregnant (yet remain a virgin) typifies the faith that every believer ought to have.

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Sexual misconduct occurs when women are commoditized. It’s sin, but since few know what commoditization means, few can address our current scandal.

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Divorced

December 4th, 2017

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C. S. Lewis felt that we do not understand the post-Christian mind. One indicator is how most ministries try to reach post-Christian people.

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Filling The Gap

November 27th, 2017

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While religion is declining in the West, Jonathan Sacks believes it will eventually return. In the meantime, we’ve got a gap to fill.

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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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