Don’t Play the Game

Many talking heads complain about the polarization of our culture. "We're more divided than ever!" they proclaim, usually in a tweet or a TV interview. Blame for the polarization of our country usually gets put on social media companies (like Facebook and Twitter) and the 24-hour news cycle. It's pointed out that in today's America,…

Winter is Here; Summer is Coming

We're now in the middle of winter, and it's not just because the temperate outside is low. We're in the middle of winter: the long, hard slog of the year where the days are short and the nights are ling. We're in the part of the year where it gets dark out at what seems…

2020 in Books

Oneness Embraced by Tony EvansEnding Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration by Anthony BradleyThe Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan RahBe the Bridge by Latasha MorrisonOvercoming Racial Gridlock by George YanceyColor of Compromise by Jemar TisbyThe Servant King by TD AlexanderFrom Eden to New Jerusalem by TD Alexander168 Hours by Laura VanderkamThe Systems Mindset by Sam CarpenterWork the System…

How to Figure Out What to Write (And Do) Next

What should I do next? Have you ever asked that question of yourself? If so, you're not alone. Pretty much every writer, or really any kind of knowledge worker, has faced that problem says Paul Silvia in his book, How to Write Alot. He writes, "We rarely get to write only one thing ... While…

The Betrayal of Busyness

Quotes from Eugene Peterson in The Contemplative Pastor: The word busy is the symptom not of commitment but of betrayal. It is not devotion but defection. The adjective busy set as a modifier to pastor should sound to our ears like adulterous to characterize a wife or embezzling to describe a banker. It is an…

What was the zenith?

Decline narratives of American culture are so interesting to me. They seem to raise more questions than answers. Decline narratives typically go something like this: America's culture is decline. It used to be much better, but now it's not. So my question is this: What was the zenith? What was the "high point" or best…