This and That

April 9th, 2018

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For centuries philosophers have asked what is the good life? Lately I’ve been learning there’s likely a better question.

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All eyes will be on Tiger Woods at The Masters this weekend. Huge galleries will root for him. A few folks won’t, however. Ever wonder why?

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Good Intuitions

March 26th, 2018

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Stephen Hawking died March 14th at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76. Some of his intuitions remind us that everyone gets part of the story right.

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Festivus Minimus

March 19th, 2018

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“The trick is not to arrange a festival,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, “but to find people who can enjoy it.” He recognized we live in an age of pseudo-festivals.

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Some see sacred/secular as good/bad. In the lives of two famous runners, Roger Bannister and Eric Liddell, we’re reminded it’s a false dichotomy.

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Early Returns

March 5th, 2018

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Roughly 80 percent of teens in evangelical church youth groups will abandon the faith after two years in college. Might seem like a dark trend, but John Seel sees hope.

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Honeycombed

February 26th, 2018

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You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Frederick Douglass, a Marylander, learned this from the Clapham circle. I’m a Marylander. I need to learn this lesson.

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Is This Fun?

February 19th, 2018

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Nick Foles, this year’s Super Bowl MVP, wants to be a youth pastor when he retires. What would you advise Nick to advise youth who want to play football?

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The Centre That Holds

February 12th, 2018

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“The centre cannot hold” is how William Butler Yeats described the world in 1919. He was right about the world but wrong about the centre. The right one can hold.

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Some Concrete Ideas

February 5th, 2018

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A reader last week asked for concrete ideas on how churches could collaborate. I have a few. So does a friend of mine, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy—an institution that instills collaboration.

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Our Ticket In

January 29th, 2018

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In business, diversity and inclusion is overused and nearly meaningless. It’s a problem the faith community could help solve. But we’d have to recognize our ticket in.

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Rays of Hope

January 22nd, 2018

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Critics claim time spent on Facebook is harmful. Mark Zuckerberg takes this seriously. He’s changed Facebook’s mission to promote “time well spent.” That’s a ray of hope.

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A Strategic Bet

January 15th, 2018

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David Brooks, 56, says his peers “seem clueless” about how to change the world. He’s betting on those under 40. There’s a lot of evidence that’s a strategic bet.

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There’s a debate whether innovation in the U.S. is rising or, as Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal claims, is “somewhere between dire straits and dead.” What if it’s neither? What if it’s left-brain?

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The central theme in Judaism is return, the translation of the Hebrew word t’shuvah. That’s also the central theme for my 2018 New Year’s resolution—returning.

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