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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Legit

June 5th, 2017

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“Institutions don’t have a good reputation among evangelicals,” writes Uli Chi. “We tend to focus on the merely personal.” That’s largely why we’re not viewed as legit.

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When we talk about a worldview or concept, we’re assuming that human beings think with their brains. But what if we think more with our whole body?

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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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