In a post-Christian nation, Rod Dreher believes The Benedictine Option is the best way forward. I like much of what he says but The Babylonian Option might be better.

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The Old Normal

May 15th, 2017

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By 2050, reckons the Pew Center, one of every three Christians in the world will be African. Many of these Africans are coming to faith in ways similar to what we read of in this first African convert in Acts. His experience is “the old normal.”

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Baby Swipes

May 8th, 2017

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Why do babies so easily learn to swipe an iPhone? They’re not simply mimicking us. Tertullian would say they’re pointing us back to the hinge of salvation.

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Play Ball

May 1st, 2017

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A reporter once asked German theologian Dorothee Sölle, “How would you explain happiness to a child?” “I wouldn’t explain it,” she answered. “I’d toss him a ball and let him play.” In 100 years we’ll know why Sölle was right.

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$100/Ton Problem

April 24th, 2017

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Why does Africa import $50 billion worth of food that it could grow itself? Jon Vandenheuvel can give you the answer in one word.

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Thirty-five years ago Kathy and I stood at the altar and said: “I do.” We’ve been making good on that marriage promise ever since. That’s the central picture for generosity.

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Kiss Me

April 10th, 2017

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Well?… aren’t you going to kiss me?

My wife Kathy posed that question after saying yes to my marriage proposal. I replied yes—and with that kiss, we came close to embodying the embodied gospel.

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This week marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I. Dubbed “the war to end all wars,” many historians say it was instead the war that ended the faith. Read the rest of this entry »

This Is Us

March 27th, 2017

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The TV drama “This Is Us” is the highest rated new series of the season among adults under 50. Could it be because the show reflects the original “Us” storyline?

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Every church seeks to be like the original in Acts 2. Most American churches, however, can’t get there from here.

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Tod Bolsinger has a powerful metaphor for what the Western church is facing today. But it tells us that few see the situation the Western church is facing.

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Uber Government

March 6th, 2017

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Uber is a good way to get around town. But it’s not a good way to govern. Trump is the latest in a long line of Presidents who have been Ubering government.

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Not About Dessert

February 27th, 2017

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I grew up viewing Lent as a loser. No dessert for 40 days? A food desert. That’s how many view Lent, which is why we’re often not very perceptive.

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Thomas Friedman believes this is a great time to innovate. There’s even room for the faith community to play a part, but only if it starts moving at the speed of innovation.

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Wow Day

February 13th, 2017

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Valentine’s Day ought to remind us of why the gospel is Wow. Valentine’s Day is Wow Day. If you’re wondering why, read on.

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