We’re familiar with what happened at Easter. We’re less familiar with what happened a few weeks later. There was a rescue operation… for people like me.

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Twenty years ago Bobby McPherrin had a hit, Don’t Worry. Be Happy. Now we’re unhappier than ever. And there’s far less joy in our songs. Is there a connection?

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When Sara and Stephen (our son) married, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” kept playing in my head. The Beach Boys song reminds us of how times have changed.

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Marvel-less

April 29th, 2019

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Go back to 1938 and discover why the 2018 Spider-Man film is a hit. 1938 is when the first Superman comic book appeared. It’s also the year J. R. R. Tolkien addressed the question: Why fantasy literature?

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Cultural Antennae

April 22nd, 2019

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Today is Earth Day, a day we focus on the environment. We might also focus on Rachel Carson. She was the environment’s cultural antennae.

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Jim Collins says companies make five “leaps” in going from good to great. The third one reminds us of Easter. It also reminds us of a challenge that many of us face.

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A Why Wow

April 8th, 2019

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Great leaders and organizations start with why. But if you want why to feel like wow, watch these two videos.

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We often face hurdles in coming to faith. In describing how he came to Christianity, C. S. Lewis felt he cleared one particular hurdle that most believers overlook.

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I occasionally hear from Christians who wonder if they’re crazy. They’re not, but you’d have to be familiar with Edwin Abbott to discover why.

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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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