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How to Be a Culturally Relevant Church

As someone who’s been in and around churches for my whole life, I have seen more than a few church fads come and go. I’ve seen four generations wield influence and felt the seismic shifts each time the concerns of a new generation become paramount. But some things don’t change all that much. And in […]

Stressed-Out Young People Need to Hear Your Stories

A few years ago, a study revealed the youngest generations of adults in America are also the most stressed. In one sense, this is no big surprise, given the economic and social factors influencing quality of life and near-future prospects for Millennials—adults ages 13 to 35—and for Gen Xers, whose scores are virtually tied with […]

Can We Gain the Whole World Wide Web without Losing Our Souls?

A few years ago, we learned the people of Sweden were the “best” in the world at using the Internet. At least, that was the claim of a five-year study conducted by the World Wide Web Foundation. What does it mean to be “best” at using the Internet? It’s an interesting question in light of […]

Who Benefits from Your Worry?

Think our culture of fear is something new? Think again. As long as humans have recorded history–and I suspect since long before–we have lived in fear of legitimate danger. Fear is part of life, for good reason. The world around us is full of threats–none of them more threatening than our fellow humans. Throughout the […]

The Problem with That Big Sunday Morning Show

I was at a Christmas Eve service–just a few weeks ago–when I finally figured it out. We were out of town for the holiday, and this was just another megachurch in another American metropolis, looking and feeling and sounding exactly like most of the other big evangelical churches we’ve seen in recent years, singing the […]

Let’s Choose Love in Fearful Times

Remember the color-coded terror threat alert system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after September 11? Each color represented a different threat level; the greater the threat, the more vigilant citizens should be. That scale was replaced in 2011 with the National Terrorism Advisory System, which offered more specific designations and steps communities, agencies, […]

Hope and a Future on The Last Frontier

Alaska is a place of breathtaking beauty and for some, heartbreaking everyday realities. It’s a place of extremes in weather, politics, wealth, and the human relationship with land and sea. Often romanticized as a spot where people can discover themselves and their place in the world, for some it is a place of hopelessness and […]

Need Voting Guidance? Try “Love Your Neighbor”

If you’re like me, you’re appalled at what the 2016 election season has revealed–not just about the state of our political system, but about who we have become. And when I say “we,” I mean this fairly personally. Sure, I’m scratching my head over the foolishness of people who seek to lead our nation. But […]

The Church Doesn’t Need Any More Leaders

Depending on who’s providing the definition, a leader is… – “the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country“; – “a person who leads“; – “the person who convinces other people to follow“; or – something more complicated. Here’s something a leader is not: a description of your true mission in life. I […]

10 Rarely-Celebrated Reasons the World Is Better than Ever

A few months ago, I posted a list of 10 Rarely-Mourned Reasons the World Is Worse than Ever. This week seems like a good time to post an antidote, focused on things we can appreciate about our place in history. In these times of near-constant alarming news, head-scratching headlines, and discouraging developments, it’s easy to […]

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