Cultural Studies

A Sign of the Times

A Sign of the Times

Don’t give up on the simple and the easy and the common, ordinary, daily expressions of faith. They are just as essential, and perhaps even more important, than the breakthrough, conversion, mountain top experiences.

Jesus is part of your ordinary, every day life. And that is the most important thing of all.

A Piece of the Wall

A Piece of the Wall

11 November 2019. 30 years ago today, the Berlin Wall came down; and I was there. Well, the wall took longer than one day to actually, physically come all the way down (and you can still see pieces of that most famous symbol of the Cold War standing in museums around the world). But on […]

Tiberius Maximus: A Study in Scenes

Tiberius Maximus: A Study in Scenes

A plane trip with multiple delays brought home to me the truth that our culture is more and more experiencing reality in brief, unconnected moments or scenes without the ability or desire to connect them to a larger narrative. And yet, we have been grafted into The Greatest Story Ever Told. Bridging that distance may mean entering the individual scenes of life with an eye on Jesus and his story.

Empathy at Biggby’s

Empathy at Biggby’s

So I’m sitting at a coffee shop waiting for my kids to get done with a play rehearsal and I can hardly believe my ears. One of the Biggby Coffee employees is on her knees not twenty feet from me cleaning up the floor and wiping down one of the lime/pea-soup-colored retro chairs. She’s chatting […]

Seedbeds of Discipleship in Greenhouses of Grace

Seedbeds of Discipleship in Greenhouses of Grace

What if we imagined every congregation, every small group Bible study, every home and neighborhood where Jesus has planted his Word as a seedbed of discipleship? And several of those seedbeds together could then comprise an innovation greenhouse, a greenhouse of grace.

Please Pass the Potatoes

Please Pass the Potatoes

In response to a blog about making room for doubting people at the table, I want to talk about the different ways we experience doubt depending on whether we came of age in a Culture of Certainty or a Culture of Skepticism. Ultimately, I think we have to lead by combining authentic vulnerability, struggle, and doubt with authentic trust, delight, and dependence on Jesus. And there has to be room at the table even for those who are uncomfortable with uncertainty.

I’m Not So Sure About Certainty

I’m Not So Sure About Certainty

Certainty is kind of a tricky thing. I mean, there are some Bible passages that seem to make certainty something we all should not only strive for, but already have in spades. The flagship verse for certainty is probably Hebrews 11:1. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do […]