As Christians, we know that consumerism is bad. What could possibly be good about buying a bunch of stuff? I recently listened to a lecture by Michael Goheen in which he challenged his students to see the goods and the bads of every “Ism.” This makes most of us uncomfortable,...
In one of the classes I was a part of here in Uganda this past week, the topic of international adoption was being discussed. African pastors were talking about Westerners adopting Ugandan orphans, so we Westerners asked them for their opinion on the matter. The response was startling. They asked us a...
Every day I drive past an Oldsmobile bearing a prominent window sticker that reads: “The Purpose of Life Is…to Get to Heaven.” I’m sure the owner of this always-parked car is a well-intentioned human being who wants to reach people with the gospel so they can spend eternity with...
Over the years (the past two weeks included) I have had the opportunity to interact with many different cultures in many places around the world.   In early 2006 I started keeping a list of all of the things that transcend culture I thought I might share parts of that...
Like well over four million other people, I have been reading (“devouring” is probably more accurate) first Freakonomics, and now SuperFreakonomics. These groundbreaking books, written by an insightful economist with brilliant curiosities (Steven D. Levitt) and a talented journalist (Stephen J. Dubner), explore “the hidden side of everything.” They...

JesUSAves?

Disclaimer: I know not all our readers are from the US.  I trust you can apply this in your context or you can just laugh at us. Walk into a typical conservative evangelical church over a 4th of July weekend and you’re guaranteed to see one: a t-shirt declaring “JesUSAves,”...
In a prior post, I argued that God Himself is the standard of beauty and things are beautiful insofar as they reflect Him. We will continue the discussion by posing the question: If God is the standard for beauty, why are there different preferences or tastes as to what...
Sometimes the concepts that we interact with every day and take for granted are the most fascinating to explore. Consider beauty. A recognition and appreciation of beauty is a part of the universal human experience. But why? Have you ever tried to define beauty? How is it that we...
In many ways, we have begun to view the church as a corporation. Some will argue that this is a necessary adaptation to our modern context, but we can say that at the very least it poses some serious problems. It’s not unhealthy to learn from the corporate world...
We often think that popular culture is all about mindless entertainment. But we shouldn’t. In many ways, musicians and filmmakers are the philosophers of our day. Whether or not we realize it or care, they guide us in thinking through some of life’s most important issues. This week I’ve been...
0FansLike
616FollowersFollow
871FollowersFollow
105SubscribersSubscribe