Showing posts from August, 2014

Cultural Prophets

The weather recently has been about as predictable as a 13 year old boy the last couple of days. Sunny for a while, then the clouds roll in, rain, thunder, lightning, chaos, panic, wet dogs, followed by sun and humidity the rest of the day.
The other morning I found myself looking up at the sky through our kitchen window as the clouds thickened, wondering if it would rain soon. It looked kinda clear (partly sunny/mostly cloudy - what's the flippin' difference!), but the weatherman said there would be a chance of rain. I wasn't buying that prediction. Then I realized: my kitchen window faces East.
Muttering Christian-approved curses for the sleep deprivation that comes from being a parent of two young boys, I turned and went across to the living room window which faces West. Sure enough, the sky had a gradient from depressing to ominous. All I had to do was look West and see the storm approaching.
One of my favorite genres to read is dystopian future type novels. There have…

Discipleship: The World Is Watching

Who is my neighbor?

That is the most dangerous question anybody ever asked Jesus. And the answer changed the world.

The Day Christians Were Silent

I checked my social media feeds like a teenage girl on Sunday night and Monday. What would people be saying about Miley Cyrus this year? She did something crazy, something out of the box, something I've never seen before.

But the internet was silent. And Christians were silent.

What did she do? Check it out for yourself:

That's right. Miley won the big award - Video of the Year - and had a homeless teenager named Jesse accept the award on her behalf. His speech was an eye-opening look at the plight of thousands and thousands of runaway and homeless youth across the country and in LA specifically.

Thousands of teenagers are living on the streets for various reasons. Some were kicked out of their homes, some lost their homes, some ran away from home. Whatever the reason, these kids are not going to go anywhere or make anything of their lives without someone to give them a hand up.

There are groups across the country trying to reach and help this particular demographic. Companies…

Must Love Others

There's a song we sing in church sometimes, an old hymn called "Oh How I Love Jesus." I grew up singing that song. It has a very simple tune and a very repetitive chorus - easy for a young boy to pick up on.

As I mature, both in years and in my understanding of faith, songs like this begin to bug me. Just take a look at the lyrics:
There is a name I love to hear; I love to sing its worth
It sounds like music in my ear; the sweetest name on earth

It tells me of a Savior's love who died to set me free
It tells me of his precious blood - the sinner's perfect plea

It tells of One whose loving heart can feel my deepest woe
Who in each sorrow bears a part that none can bear below

Chorus: Oh, how I love Jesus; Oh, how I love Jesus
Oh, how I love Jesus because he first loved me

Here's the problem I am beginning to have with this song and others like it. It makes us feel good, but it doesn't encourage us to do good. There is nothing in this song that would spur me on towa…


I haven't written much at all this year. I go through seasons where I need to listen more than I speak and read more than I write. While I haven't been writing much, I have been reading more than ever. I have never been one to breeze through a novel in a couple of days. I envy those "speed readers." But at my own pace and leisure, the number of books on my list has grown significantly over the last few years. I've already read more books this year than I did over the total course of last year.

Here are the voices to which I've been listening. Here are the lives I've been living. Here are the conversations into which I have entered.

The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick RiordanBringing Up Boys, by James DobsonEnder's Shadow, by Orson Scott CardThe Last Olympian, by Rick RiordanWhat's So Amazing about Grace? by Philip YanceyShadow of the Hegemon, by Orson Scott CardThe Lost Hero, by Rick RiordanTwelve Ordinary Men, by John MacArthurJurassic Park, by M…