What I’m Reading

From time to time, I thought I’d share what I’m reading and finding helpful or stimulating. If you’re reading these or anything else interesting, I’d love to know in the comments! As you might expect from Keller, a marvel of genius-by-compression on many issues of preaching. As one reviewer said, more of a manifesto than manual. […]

Pastors: A Surprising Source of Innovation

I’ve been revisiting one of my favorite books of the last 2-3 years, the densely erudite Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. At times combative, enlightening, mind-bending, and frustrating, the book has much to offer. Taleb’s Big Idea resists simplification, but at the core he’s saying that much of our world is highly fragile, and vulnerable to the improbable and […]

On the Unorthodox Martin Luther King, Myth, & Christianity

[REPOST–This post deals with the less-orthodox aspects of MLK’s theology. For the admirable and profoundly biblical foundations to MLK’s civil rights work, I recommend this post by Derek Rishmawy.] My friend “Ed the Gnostic” shared some interesting quotes with me by Martin Luther King from this article. These weren’t from the “I Have a Dream” speech […]

Can the “Failure to Launch” Generation Launch New Churches?

The expectations for college students and recent grads have never been lower in our culture. Observers note the rise of prolonged adolescence, record student debt loads, the lack of learning and critical thinking skills developed during college, and record unemployment for recent grads. 85% of recent grads return home after graduation, an often uncomfortable situation […]

The Problem with Calling it “Happy Valley”

[This post is from the archives. Every once in a while I’ll be re-posting articles that have recurring interest and were well-received the first time around. I originally posted this in November 2010. Given the events that came to light in November 2011, which are still impacting our community, these words are still timely.] In […]

Towards a New Tone in Modern Politics

Over at the Chronicle of Higher Ed, columnist Jacques Berlinerblau recently wrote about Rick Santorum, “Anathematizer in Chief.” His column included the following comments: The opposite of the Civic Republican model is a kind of scowling Puritan-inflected worldview. The Debbie-Downer of church-state accommodations, this model decries a sinful America, whoremongeringly headed down the path to […]