festivals of atonement

In G.K. Chesterton's poem The Ballad of the White Horse he describes the scene when Viking hordes invaded and nearly conquered England. Our towns were shaken of tall kings with scarlet beards like blood:The world turned empty where they trod,They took the kindly cross of God and cut it up for wood. The Vikings didn't … Continue reading festivals of atonement

aliens attack the capitol

On New Year's Eve I was at a small party with good friends. We were playing games, talking, laughing, eating all kinds of unhealthy foods. As it got close to midnight, someone said that we should turn on the TV. It's weird isn't it? The television has been granted the authority to tell us when … Continue reading aliens attack the capitol

choosing truth

In his book iGods, Craig Detweiler gives this shocking statistic: “From the beginning of time until 2003 we generated 5 billion gigabytes of data (5 exabytes)—all the books and news and movies and information in history. We now generate five exabytes of data every ten minutes.” We have been living through a Cambrian explosion of … Continue reading choosing truth

taylor comes to the office

TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT LEAVE YOU ALONE. This is one of the unbending laws of invention and innovation. Technology never leaves you alone. Every new technology you adopt will change you to some degree or another. Sometimes those changes are physical (think about a guitar giving you callouses on your fingertips), but most of the time … Continue reading taylor comes to the office

what is essential

2020 has introduced us to new vocabulary of words and phrases. Asymptomatic. Exponential spread. Social distancing. Non-pharmaceutical intervention. Contact tracing. Anosmia.* We also have been reintroduced to old words in new packages. Sometimes the new package disorients us and makes us wonder if we ever really knew what the word meant. One of these words … Continue reading what is essential

when ethos becomes pathos, or when carl lentz met austin powers

Is it possible to be too sexy for ministry? Did I get your attention? I've got to confess. I never heard the name Carl Lentz before this past week. I guess I'm just not up-to-speed with evangelical celebrity. If you want, or need, and update, you can read this short Vanity Fair article. (The irony … Continue reading when ethos becomes pathos, or when carl lentz met austin powers

critical race theory: check box identity

In 2017, Damon Young wrote an article titled "Straight Black Men are the White People of Black People." In it he argued that straight black men enjoy the same type of privilege over black women that white people enjoy over black men. This privilege is something that needs to be recognized and rejected by black … Continue reading critical race theory: check box identity

my people

My friend and preacher, Mark Christian, made a refreshing confession yesterday. In the midst of a sermon on hope and trust, he admitted that his emotions, particularly anger, are living just beneath the surface lately. He said he just feels angry and frustrated all of the time. It made me so happy. Not because my … Continue reading my people