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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If the proof is in the pudding, you might be surprised to learn which Christian tradition tends to be the most community-oriented.

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Robert Moses and Robert Caro had identical epiphanies—40 years apart. Moses’ flash of insight came to him in the early 1920s. Caro, the early ‘60s. I hope my millennial friends have an identical epiphany.

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Category Mistake

July 24th, 2017

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Alex Mayyasi writes that a banker listening to a theologian seems like a curiosity, a category error. But for most of history, this kind of dialogue was the norm. What happened that clergy serving as consultants became viewed as a category mistake? Read the rest of this entry »

British historian Arnold Toynbee believed civilizations could be renewed because they have a spiritual dimension. It’s manifest in the “creative minority.” What’s that?

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Happier Ending?

July 10th, 2017

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In his new book, Divided We Fall, Luder Whitlock plays the role of a modern-day Merlin. I hope his story has a happier ending than King Arthur’s tale.

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“America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.” Why was Sigmund Freud so pessimistic about our nation?

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Over the years, a cottage industry of Christians has sprung up addressing the issue of vocation. A quick glance at your iPhone suggests that we all ought to be talking about it.

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I used to believe that reaching the world was fairly straightforward. Win people to Christ. Disciple them. Send them out. Plant churches. Then I started reading sociology.

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Attending a rave changed Tony Hsieh’s life. The Zappos CEO says it started him on the path to creating a new kind of business. What did Hsieh experience at that rave?

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