Bad Battle Cry

March 18th, 2019

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When the unsustainable trajectory of entitlements was explained to President Trump, he reportedly said, “Yeah, but I won’t be here.” That’s the battle cry for many of us.

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Got a Plan?

March 11th, 2019

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The decline in Americans describing themselves as evangelicals is larger than most evangelicals imagine. Do evangelical churches have a plan to address this?

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More Wow

March 4th, 2019

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God is a sphere, which is a wow. But there’s more wow. We experience it in everyday life.

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Wow

February 25th, 2019

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Does the Cartesian coordinate system explain the rise of religious “nones?” Maybe.

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Rough-Hewn Lives

February 18th, 2019

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In explaining their destiny, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln both quoted the same line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, / Rough-hew them how we will.” They went through a lot of rough patches.

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Sculpting A Life

February 11th, 2019

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Michelangelo said “every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” That’s a good way to imagine my life’s work.

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At its peak, General Electric was the most valuable company in the U.S., worth nearly $600 billion in August 2000. Today it’s worth a tenth of that. What went wrong?

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Volunteer organizations such as Thread do great work. They also remind us of why we have to scale systems up and down.

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Clogged Filters

January 21st, 2019

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Brain plasticity explains much of how we change our minds. Yet few over the age of 25 ever change their mind in significant ways. There are two ways to fix this.

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Wrong Emphasis

January 14th, 2019

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Our political landscape is polarized because each party has a wrong emphasis. The correct one is found at the end of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Platonic

January 7th, 2019

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Live-streaming church is increasingly popular. But it doesn’t offer the one thing you can’t experience online. And that’s a big loss.

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Missing a Milestone?

December 31st, 2018

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The year 2019 will likely mark an important milestone for evangelicals. Lane Greene of The Economist suspects most evangelicals will miss it.

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Doing Our Job?

December 24th, 2018

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Christmas reminds us we’re supposed to be publishing glad tidings of great joy. A Google survey of literature suggests we’re not doing our job.

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Unequivocal

December 17th, 2018

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When people of good conscience identify with an injustice—slavery, poverty, racism, starvation—their language changes. They begin using unequivocal verbs.

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Our Hidden Recession

December 10th, 2018

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The economic recession of 2008 was bad enough. But we’re in a hidden recession dating from the mid-1990s. It’s also a hidden opportunity for the faith community.

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