Even the God-less need a house of worship. Tennesseeans will gather for Preds games, and atheists will plan a Sunday morning service, because in our core we all feel the twinge to belong.
“Please excuse the mess.” We have all heard it. We have all said it. Hannah and I make plans for dinner at 6:00 with a couple we have not spent much time with before. We are both off of work and speed-walking from the garage into the house with thirty minutes left before our guests will… Continue reading Embracing Mess
We are in the midst of a series called Connections & Affections, where we are spending some time examining how technology and relationships have collided, the problems we face in reconciling the two, and how we go make strides forward. Last week's post introduced the problem: that we expect more from technology and less from each… Continue reading Connections & Affections (Part 2)
You will not be shocked when I tell you, because you have already heard, and you know yourself. Yes, this post will reveal a truth that has been widely recognized and accepted for quite some time, with countless blogs and TEDTalks and magazines informing us of the continued same old song and dance when it comes… Continue reading Connections & Affections (Part 1)
Yes, I am sure you have heard by now. Unless, that is, you've been living under a Geodude. But as you probably know, Clefairys and Pidgeys and Eevees recently began to take the world by storm. Combat Power became a nationally-recognized unit of measurement. Churches became Pokéstops, bowling alleys became Pokégyms. Most of all, loitering reached… Continue reading (Pokémon) Go?
Small talk is one of my least favorite things ever. Most introverts like myself say they don’t like small talk because it forces them to step out of their shell and talk to people. They want to do as little talking as possible, especially about nominal matters like the weather. That’s part of the reason… Continue reading Around the Web: 10¢ Moments; $10 Conversations
Love is not God. But God is love. So what does it mean for God to be love? It does not necessarily mean that God is simply loving. Judaism and Islam and Mormonism teach a God who loves. But when Christians teach that God is himself love, they are saying that real love itself has its origin… Continue reading Defining “God Is Love”
I have yet to read a book put out by the 9Marks initiative that I didn’t like. I’m so thankful for Mark Dever and the other wise and helpful pastors he’s gotten on board to help us learn about building healthy churches. They have been essential resources for pastors and church leaders, and The Compelling… Continue reading Book Review: The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive (Mark Dever & Jamie Dunlop)
One of the most essential components of ancient Greek drama were masks made from wood or clay that actors wore while performing. We know these masks as the dueling comedy/tragedy faces that serve as the universal symbol for theater. But these masks are more than just a symbol. They were actually the vehicle through which… Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: Social Charades