Oct 18th saw the passing of the one month mark of the Occupy Wall St.  movement.   30 days, 82 countries, 1500 cities and thousands upon thousands of people have made one thing abundantly clear:  at the very least, people are not satisfied with the status quo. Prior to offering...
There is something addicting about home improvement shows. HGTV can keep my wife and I propped lifelessly on the couch for hours. We Americans love to think about making our homes bigger, better, and more appealing (read: envy-inducing). But all of that time spent dreaming about improving our own...
I was just shown this article in the Wall Street Journal on the life of Steve Jobs and what he offered to the world. The article is written by Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (a required textbook in our Bachelor's curriculum). Not only does...
Recently the Harry Potter series came to a dramatic conclusion with the final confrontation between Harry and his super evil antagonist Voldemort coming to a head.  In light of this I recently read an interesting article in Psychology Today about "the Voldemort in all of us." The basic premise was...
Ok, if you’ve been reading the last few posts (if you haven’t you should skip down and read the last 2), it may seem that I’m super down on short-term mission trips. And in some ways, I am. I am super down on short term trips that cost a...
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...
Human beings can and should be creative. Look at the world around you and admire the things that man has created: huge buildings, beautiful buildings, automobiles, airplanes, literary masterpieces, scientific discoveries, space shuttles, microscopes, telescopes—even the computer, iPad, or smart phone you’re reading this post on. This world has...
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...
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