Culture

Broken Nation

Broken Nation

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone make the statement “what we need in this country is __"you fill in the blank"__.  From the boardroom, to backyard & barnyard philosophers alike, people state their case like a fiery lawyer. They try to convince a jury of their peers, just exactly what is wrong with this country. Honestly, I too have found myself as the prosecuting attorney indicting my country and fellow countrymen on the social ills of the day. 

How Should Christians Use Social Media?

How Should Christians Use Social Media?

Last quarter, Facebook announced that it had 1.19 billion active monthly users. Of those, 728 million of these users logging in daily. In addition, Twitter logged 304 million active monthly users with more than half of these users tweeting messages daily. If Facebook and Twitter were their own country, combined they come close to rivaling the population size of both China and the United States. Many believe there is still more growth to come for both platforms...

Charleston, Racism, And Reconciliation

Charleston, Racism, And Reconciliation

As believers, many Christians may live their entire lives and never experience the direct impact of racism. While some have a firm understanding of the historic role that systemic racism has played in our nation’s history, we would much rather forget the horrific tragedies that plague our past.  Unfortunately, from time to time, we awaken to the headlines of a news story that serves as a tragic reminder that while great strides in racial reconciliation have been made, there is still more to be done...

The Intolerance Of Tolerance

The Intolerance Of Tolerance

It’s 4:00 pm on a warm, sunny Thursday afternoon. After ordering a caramel latte from my favorite coffee shop, I’m headed outside to find a seat and enjoy some “down time” after a long day at the office. Finally, an opportunity to relax and unwind before the day comes to a close. That vision of relaxation was quickly dashed as I overheard two young people engaged in a conversation that exposed the reality of the postmodern world we all find ourselves in. Rather quickly, I overheard a couple of young people speaking loudly. The young lady says to her male friend, “You are intolerant.” Soon the words, “bigoted,” “racist,” and “homophobic” followed. I could only imagine what started this conversation down this path prior to my arrival...

The Whole City

The Whole City

The kingdom of heaven is a term for which there is often much confusion. Upon close examination we learn that the kingdom of heaven is not a place in the clouds; it is a city that comes from heaven to earth; it is a garden city; it is a city that is whole; it is a city where shalom reigns, where relationship is complete and restored, in every meaning of restoration, fully restored people to God, to each other and to Creation.