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2020-07-13: Every Christian in America is political. This is unavoidable. It is the privilege and burden of …

2020-07-11: “Sometimes it seems like you either have theologians that don’t write commentaries or you have …

2020-07-10: Gruber: Google makes a lot of software with terrible user experiences for users who have poor …

2020-07-09: Terminologies evolve, sure. But it is self-contradiction to moralize “words matter!” while …

2020-07-07: Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the …

2020-07-07: The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting …

2020-07-06: If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to …

2020-07-04: The Robey

2020-07-03: Wicker Park, 2020

2020-07-03: Anthony Fauci’s Boss on Why Things Could Be Much Better Soon Francis Collins, literally the top scientist in the land: We Americans tend to be pioneers in …

2020-07-01: “to repudiate morality while laying claim to it” To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully …

2020-07-01: On structural racism Andrew Wilson: Christians, of all people, should know that evil is held in place not just by the …

2020-06-24: Enrique Peñalosa: an advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where …

2020-06-20: To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time. —Leonard …

2020-06-14: Tim Keller on “Racism and Corporate Evil“: Systemic evil… is a system that excludes and …

2020-06-12: Friends, I’ve yet to find anything else like it: The Christian gospel supplies both the security to …

2020-06-11: Justice Too Long Delayed Christianity Today: Two explorers enter a cave filled with the most elaborate spiderwebs. One of …

2020-06-11: Last Person to Receive a Civil War Pension Dies Kottke: This is a great example of the Great Span, the link across large periods of history by …

2020-06-11: Steps for Christian Civic Engagement on Racial Injustice AND Campaign: Many Christian leaders are asking how they can constructively and practically advance …

2020-05-31: Genesis 3

2020-05-28: The Bible very clearly demands justice in the sight of oppression and murder. In response to vain …

2020-05-18: “When Marco Polo came at last to Cathay, seven hundred years ago, did he not feel — and did his …

2020-05-15: Jesus: “It is written.” Satan: “Is it written?” Know the difference. —@AJWTheology

2020-05-15: “The birth of a new religion” Adrienne LaFrance for The Atlantic: QAnon is emblematic of modern America’s susceptibility to …

2020-05-13: “that ancient theology can better answer contemporary problems than any of the modern secular world’s solutions” Tara Isabella Burton for the NYT: “Weird Christians reject as overly accommodationist those …

2020-05-13: Tweet thread from @howertonjosh: We often get sins and wounds confused. Sins are rebellious places …

2020-05-13: “What elevates the constrained visions’ virtue, not to mention its viability in finding workable …

2020-05-11: “Truly, my soul finds rest in God” (Ps.62:1) accordance.bible

2020-05-06: “All this running around, going to Christian meetings, listening to people talk, reading your bible …

2020-05-06: Made For This: Strength in Weakness He said to me, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” —2 Corinthians 12:9 Strong and Weak Links …

2019-12-12: The open web is where we can make sites that don’t abuse data the way Facebook does More … Anil Dash for anildash.com: The web is where we can make sites that don’t abuse data in the …

2019-08-15: The “arbitrary activity that was cooked up by 20-somethings in some incubator rec room in northern California” that passes as “social” More … Cal Newport on the Ezra Klein Show: Digital interaction” actually doesn’t come close to …

2019-07-19: “America’s urban rebirth is missing a key element: births” More… Derek Thompson for The Atlantic: In high-density cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and …

2019-06-30: Psychology tells us, “Your problem is a lack of self-esteem.” And biology tells us, “You’re just evolved amoebae” More… Tim Keller on Psalm 8: We live in a culture in which in the psychology class it’ll tell …

2019-06-26: “The soul that does not eat pepper is a dead soul” More… Yewande Komolafe for the NYT: There is a saying in Yoruba, one of the languages spoken …

2019-06-25: The seven A’s of saying “I’m sorry” More... David Bailey on Christianity Today’s Quick to Listen” podcast: I mean, this is old school, …

2019-06-16: “The problem with the dragon is not its stockpile stewardship, but its appetite” More… Maciej Ceglowski for Idle Words: [T]he giant tech companies can make a credible claim …

2019-05-04: “They are systematically killing the industry” More... Jack Nicas for The Times: They all tell a similar story: They ran apps that helped people …

2019-05-03: “The two stated pillars of American housing policy are fundamentally at odds” More... Daniel Hertz for City Lab: In other words, possibly the only thing worse than a world in …

2019-05-03: “Why Americans hate the media” More… James Fallows writing for The Atlantic in 1996: The limited curiosity that elite …

2018-07-12: “Lagos: Hope and Warning” More… Armin Rosen for City Journal:1 In Lagos… nothing is guaranteed. Everything is relative. …

2018-07-12: “The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper” More… Great Newsweek (remember that?) article from 1995 on all the ways the Internet is an overblown …

2018-07-12: “You don’t go to Instagram because you’re looking for something, rather, you want to see what it has found for you” More… Nat Eliason on the destructive switch from search to social:” You don’t go to Facebook, …

2018-07-07: “When do you write your autobiography, and how do you finish it?” When do you write your autobiography, and how do you finish it?” –Liv, age 11

2018-06-18: “The tenuous self, sensitive only to the needs of This Instant, always believes that the present is infinitely consequential.” More… Alan Jacobs in The Guardian: To increase your temporal bandwidth in the direction of the past …

2018-06-15: “I realized that if I couldn’t get something done…” More… Tim Cook in an interview with David Rubenstein: I realized that if couldn’t get something …

2018-06-15: “I spend half my time telling Christians to study doctrine, and the other half telling them that doctrine is not enough” I spend half my time telling Christians to study doctrine, and the other half telling them that …

2018-06-08: The limitations and redemption of wokeness The limitations and redemption of wokeness David Brooks on wokeness: This mental habit is closely …

2018-06-04: “What are Christians to make of Jordan Peterson?” More… Christianity Today’s Quick to Listen” podcast has an episode on Jordan Peterson: He’s a …

2018-06-03: “The antidote is decency” More… David Frum for The Atlantic: Here’s something to bear in mind: During Soviet times, the …

2018-06-01: “These 95 apartments promised affordable rent in San Francisco. Then 6,580 people applied.” More… Emily Badger for the NYT: For $1,200 a month, Patricia Torres and her family were renting a …

2018-05-30: “Privilege is to victimhood as cowardice is to honor” More… Andrew Wilson posted an excerpt from sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning on Think …

2018-05-29: Cape Town and Day Zero More… Louis Scheepers, a friend and colleague, writing about the water crisis in Cape Town: Since …

2018-05-28: Sullivan High soccer: 14 players, 13 nationalities More… Short film by Anthony Pellino:

2018-05-25: “I promise you we will find a pathway from William Wordsworth to the wife of Kanye West — surely the very definition of a road to nowhere” More… Carl Trueman lecture on unacknowledged legislators: from William Wordsworth to Kim …

2018-05-25: Sunset Sunset

2018-05-21: Contextualization is “using the gospel to answer the questions that people actually have” More… Church planter (and colleague of mine at Orchard Group) Jordan Rice on preaching that …

2018-05-19: Choosing to be tech-wise with your kids Choosing to be tech-wise with your kids Before I got my driver’s license, my dad scratched out a …

2018-05-18: “How the Silicon Valley dream of building a networked utopia turned into a globalized strip-mall casino overrun by pop-up ads and cyberbullies and Vladimir Putin” More… New York Magazine interviews Internet company founders and leaders in its Apology for the …

2018-05-18: A rule of life More… Praxislabs.org: The use of a rule of life — a set of practices to guard our habits and guide …

2018-05-14: “Human nature is like a drunk peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side” More… –Martin Luther Watching current events unfold, hardly a week goes by when I’m not reminded of …

2018-05-13: Grandma Grandma Five years ago, I shared the following at my grandmother’s funeral. I happened upon it again …

2018-05-06: “You can listen to your heart, or you can speak to your heart.” More… –Tim Keller1 From the sermon, Peace: Overcoming Anxiety,” Delivered April 10, 2013. In case …

2018-05-03: “A letter to my brothers” More… Beth Moore: I’m asking for your [male church leaders] increased awareness of some of the …

2018-05-01: “The hope that moms don’t need” More… Maggie Combs for the TGC: But moms tend to put their hopes in long (okay, short) naps, …

2018-04-30: “To live in a place… and to see from there as far as you can” More… Wendell Berry: To live in a place and have your vision confined by it would be a mistake. But …

2018-03-30: “Only those who have never known him can remain indifferent to him” More… Colin Smith writes about how either villifying or victimizing Judas Iscariot misses the point: …

2018-03-30: God’s wrath “has nothing to do with bad temper or spite or animosity or revenge. The wrath of God is his perfect, righteous, settled, implacable antagonism to evil.” God’s wrath has nothing to do with bad temper or spite or animosity or revenge. The wrath of God is …

2018-03-20: American evangelicalism: “a movement damaged in the fall from a great height” More… Michael Gerson for The Atlantic: How did something so important and admirable become so …

2018-03-12: Detoxifying the Internet More… Andrew Marantz for The New Yorker: More than anything, I want Reddit to heal, and I want our …

2018-03-02: “America, having pioneered the modern way of life, is now in the midst of trying to escape it.” More… Andrew Sullivan for New York Magazine: We look at this number and have become almost numb to …

2018-03-02: “Let’s Ban Porn” More… Ross Douthat for the NYT: But we are supposed to be in the midst of a great sexual …

2018-03-02: Election complicity and write-in candidates Election complicity and write-in candidates Here’s a tidbit from Eric Metaxas (via a much-too-long …

2018-02-19: Whose image is this? More… Andy Crouch on Mark 12:13-17 and its application to the U.S. Constitution’s three-fifths …

2018-02-05: Weakened spirit of sacrifice Weakened spirit of sacrifice Tim Keller, citing Christopher Lasch and others on the inherent …

2018-02-03: “Advice is useless in bondage” More… Excellent insight from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the futility of humanism:” Here’s my …

2018-01-20: “What the heart most loves and wants the mind finds reasonable, the emotions find valuable, and the will finds doable” What the heart most loves and wants the mind finds reasonable, the emotions find valuable, and the …

2018-01-13: Politics, power, and evangelical orphans More… Sharply written piece from Jared Wilson: The evangelical generations are divided. That much is …

2017-12-21: The Lindsay Bible Reading Plan The Lindsay Bible Reading Plan Lindsay: (ˈlɪndzɪ) n. (name, surname). Linden tree planted at the …

2017-12-20: “We must not be snobs or snobs about snobs.” We must not be snobs or snobs about snobs.” Wisdom from Hidden Christmas by Tim Keller: Here’s the …

2017-11-28: The best retelling of the Jesus story isn’t Narnia or Harry Potter More ↗ Andrew Wilson for Christianity Today on how Old Testament stories point to Christ: When, in …

2017-11-28: Practicing Advent with family and friends Practicing Advent with family and friends Directing one’s attention to the miracle of Christ’s birth …

2017-11-27: “The U.S. Racial Crisis and World Evangelism” More ↗ Tom Skinner’s keynote address at the 1970 Urbana conference:1 Perhaps one of the great …

2017-11-27: How the disappearing Christian cultural backdrop “could be good news for Christian institutions” More ↗ Andy Crouch in his review of Gordon Smith’s Institutional Intelligence for Cardus: This …

2017-11-06: Lament Poems in the Bible Lament Poems in the Bible Overview of lament poetry in the Bible from The Bible Project’s1 video on …

2017-11-06: “We are, all of us, far worse than merely ‘unsafe.’” More ↗ Rachael Starke writing on sexual assault: a problem that crosses centuries” for Fathom: …

2017-11-05: Pray for “for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, Godly and dignified in every way.” Pray for for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, Godly and …

2017-11-03: “In the absence of Facebook and protest signs, the freshmen were taking back their class” More ↗ Here’s another example of academic inquiry and debate being threatened on college campuses. …

2017-11-03: “For those conceived with developmental disability, it is the best and worst of times” More ↗ Conor Friedersdorf for The Atlantic: Last week… Special Olympian, and advocate Frank Stephens …

2017-10-30: “This style of Christian worship may be easy to replicate, but one thing can’t be copied” More ↗ A minister blogs his experience of visiting a traditional church and an atheist church” on …

2017-10-26: This “reductionism prevents us from learning the human stories behind the ideas” More ↗ Judy Wu Dominick for Christianity Today: [We] admitted our tendency to recognize other …

2017-08-03: “The urban/rural divide is the single most overlooked fracture in American religion” More ↗ Emma Green on Radio Atlantic:1 I think that the urban/rural divide is the single most …

2017-06-24: Amazon patents huge drone beehives for cities More... James Vincent for The Verge: Amazon’s drone delivery program stopped being a joke a while …

2017-06-23: “Extreme moral relativism disguised as cultural sensitivity” More... Ayaan Hirsi Ali on progressives’ failure to confront women’s rights abuses in some contexts: …

2017-06-23: Remember when your parents taught you ______? Email has to be taught too. More ↗ Liz Gumbinner on teaching kids about email: When I finally broke down and got my daughter an …

2017-06-22: The Justice Declaration I love this initiative: The Justice Declaration Among other statements in the declaration: Advocate …

2017-06-09: Welcome to Refugee High More … Elly Fishman for Chicago Mag: If Sullivan High School had a motto, it would be Give me your …

2017-06-06: “Reasonable debate has made itself absent” More ↗ Bari Weiss for the NYT: Reasonable people can debate whether or not social experiments like a …

2017-06-05: “You can grow a church in one of the most post-Christian cities in the United States” More... Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra profiles the life and times of Redeemer Presbyterian Church” for TGC: …

2017-06-04: Pentecost: “The story in Acts is also our story” Pentecost: The story in Acts is also our story” Justin Holcomb reflecting on Acts 2:1-13: Since the …

2017-06-03: “Among the classes, there is no division between ‘gentrifiers’ and ‘non-gentrifiers.’ If you live in a city, you don’t get to opt out” More ↗ Daniel Hertz writing for City Lab: [T]here’s no way out, if you happen to have above-average …

2017-06-02: On “brokenness” and other euphemisms for sin More... Derek Rishmawy: There is something broken about us. What’s more, much that falls in this …

2017-06-02: “Lined up correctly, a tiny domino results the toppling of a massive domino further down the line” More... Jason Kottke: Advances in culture, technology, and science depend on past innovations and …

2017-05-29: “Only thus shall we broaden out of the vicious circle of our own admiration into the greater commendation of God” Only thus shall we broaden out of the vicious circle of our own admiration into the greater …

2017-05-04: The British Library Board discovers Yoda throughout medieval manuscripts More ↗ British Library Board blog: Damien Kempf of the University of Liverpool noticed an image of …

2017-05-04: “Technology is good for lots of things. But what it is not good for — and perhaps what it is actively bad for — is the formation of persons” More… Jen Pollock Michel interviews Andy Crouch on his new book, The Tech-Wise Family: …

2017-04-28: What might Jane Jacobs observe about trust among neighbors in an age of digital distraction? What might Jane Jacobs observe about trust among neighbors in an age of digital distraction? The …

2017-04-25: Church planting’s purpose, potential, and power Church planting’s purpose, potential, and power 26 From Attalia Paul and Barnabas sailed back to …

2017-04-24: “The truth is that your kids will sin and eventually they will sin sexually“ More ↗ Aanna Greer on talking to your kids about sexuality: The truth is that your kids will sin and …

2017-04-21: Marriage: “This is about that” Marriage: This is about that” Excellent presentation of the biblical perspective of marriage from …

2017-04-20: Political difference and cultural sameness: both sides are “drinking from the same cup filled with the poisonous nectar of reality TV and its baseless values” More ↗ Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic: But somewhere along the way, we decided that we wanted the …

2017-04-20: The eleven “nations” that make up North America More ↗ Business Insider summary American Nations by Colin Woodard: [A]ward-winning author Colin …

2017-04-16: “Death did not claim him as its victim; instead he seized it as its Victor.” More ↗ John Stott addressing All Souls Church in 2006: This is very interesting that none of the …

2017-04-16: “A totally new mode of being has arisen in the universe” A totally new mode of being has arisen in the universe” C.S. Lewis: Then we come to the strangest …

2017-04-14: “On this mountain He will swallow up death forever.” On this mountain He will swallow up death forever.” Isaiah 25:7-8: 7 And he will swallow up on this …

2017-04-14: Christian faith is “a trust in the merits of his life, death, and resurrection” Christian faith is a trust in the merits of his life, death, and resurrection” John Wesley, in his …

2017-04-14: “The cross undermines our self-righteousness” The cross undermines our self-righteousness” John Stott in The Cross of Christ: …[T]here is of …

2017-04-14: He was tempted as Man, but he conquered as God. He hungered, but he fed thousands. He thirsted, but gave drink. More ↗ Excerpt from Gregory of Nazianzus at Think Theology: He was tempted as Man, but he conquered …

2017-04-14: “We do, of course, have One who has gone before” We do, of course, have One who has gone before” John Perkins: There is no alternative to these …

2017-04-10: “We live in an age when people want to project great meaning on politics. This won’t work.” More ↗ Ben Sasse speaking about what Washington has to do with Jerusalem:” Increasingly, we live in …

2017-04-09: “2016 election was almost certainly the most polarized election along urban/rural lines in American presidential history” 2016 election was almost certainly the most polarized election along urban/rural lines in American …

2017-04-03: “What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience” More… CS Lewis: If anything extraordinary seems to have happened, we can always say that we …

2017-03-23: “In the last 20 years, Christianity has exploded by 300 percent in the world’s most influential city.” More ↗ Relevant Magazine on the growth of churches and Christianity in New York City over the last …

2017-03-22: Christian Thinkers Reflect on “The Benedict Option” More ↗ Breakpoint: Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option” is one of the most anticipated and talked-about …

2017-03-21: “Reformists focus on persuading and forgiving those in power. Revolutionaries don’t.” More ↗ Thought-provoking read from Peter Beinart in The Atlantic: Maybe it’s the values of …

2017-03-21: The Closing of the Modern Mind: Tim Keller & Jonathan Haidt at NYU More ↗ Two of today’s best thinkers in one forum:

2017-03-20: “That Time that the Memphis Tigers beat the World Champion Green Bay Packers” More ↗ As a Green Bay fan, it pains me to post something about a loss, but this is too weird to pass …

2017-03-18: Measuring the “character” of neighborhoods in 50 U.S. cities More ↗ The Atlas of ReUrbanism: The Atlas of ReUrbanism is an evolving and expanding tool, allowing …

2017-03-17: “Sorry, Canada—your entire economy would fit inside Tokyo” More ↗ Richard Florida maps the economies of cities relative to nations: Although it’s common to …

2017-03-17: “The blessing of reproof” More ↗ James Sharp walks through some verses in the book of Proverbs on the subject of reproof:” In …

2017-02-24: “Your vision may not be what you think it is” More ↗ Andrew Wilson on “vision” in a local church: Hopefully, of course, the vision you have …

2017-02-23: Monoculture threatens the very idea of the university More ↗ Anotherwarning flag raised on a deepening problem in America’s universities, this time from …

2017-02-23: The politicalization of everything More… Trevin Wax on why even mundane things like going out to eat have become politicized: …

2017-02-17: “To be fully pro-life I must broaden my sense of morality and embrace a wider agenda” More ↗ Scott Arbeiter in the NYT: Of course, my being pro-life never meant not caring about …

2017-02-17: Guest post: “Practicing Sabbath” More... Today I’m featuring a guest post from Aanna Greer, sister-in-law and blogger extraordinaire …

2017-02-10: “At the core of who we are as followers of Christ is a commitment to care for the wanderer” More… Ed Stetzer in the Washington Post: Like many people, I agree with Trump that we need a …

2017-02-10: The passion that “is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things” More... C.S. Lewis on becoming a bad person: And you will be drawn in, if you are drawn in, not by …

2017-02-09: Magic, science, technology, and religion More... Justin Taylor, citing Peter Kreeft on one of C.S. Lewis’ brilliant observations: But there …

2017-02-09: The last five years without the Internet More… Joe Bagel: You’ll also be inconveniencing yourself in all sorts of unimaginable ways: …

2017-01-25: “The war creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it” The war creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so …

2017-01-24: A prayer for 2017 A prayer for 2017 It’s no secret that 2016 has been decried as the worst year ever ” for reasons …

2017-01-19: “Jesus connects justice and mercy to intimacy with God” More… Dr. Eric Mason message on Matthew 23:23:

2017-01-19: “Solving Chicago’s murders could prevent more” More... Alex Kotlowitz in the New Yorker: But one issue is rarely raised: year after year, the vast …

2017-01-17: “The call of Christians is to be so deeply prayerful that we respond with creativity rather than just reaction” More ↗ Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns interview Andy Crouch on RAA’s Pass the Mic: The call of …

2017-01-16: “No matter where you’re from, what neighborhood you call home, and no matter what your dreams are in life… There’s no dream you can’t achieve” More... WBEZ’s The View from Room 2015: No matter where you’re from, what neighborhood you call …

2017-01-16: “There are no gradations in the image of God” More... Martin Luther King, Jr.: You see, the founding fathers were really influenced by the Bible. …

2017-01-12: The hyper-locality of gun violence in America More… Excellent insight and visualizations from The Guardian: Looking at the risk of gun …

2017-01-11: “The year in housing: the middle class can’t afford to live in cities anymore” More… Emily Dreyfuss for Wired: In 2016, rents continued their years-long rise, incomes …

2017-01-10: “The more we simply blame ‘those people,’ the less likely we are to see in others a shared humanity” More ↗ John Inazu in USA Today: The more we neglect political nuance and the more we simply blame …

2017-01-09: “When a friend told me about this place, I had to come see for myself” More ↗ Orchard Group blog, on City Church in Lagos, Nigeria: Lagos is a city” precisely because it …

2017-01-06: “You can’t doubt belief A except on the basis of some belief B you’re believing instead at the moment” More... Tim Keller for The Gospel Coalition: You can’t doubt belief A except on the basis of some …

2017-01-05: 10 good news stories from 2016 10 good news stories from 2016 Via ERLC

2016-12-28: “From Greatness to Inclusivity” More... Mark Bauerlein for First Things: When a humanities department selects its materials because …

2016-12-27: The Christological pro-life argument More… Luke Stamps last Christmas in an article for the ERLC: Consider that the central claim …

2016-12-27: “Is Children of Men 2016’s Most Relevant Film?” More ↗ Abraham Riesman in Vulture: Only after speaking with Cuarón did I realize why I wept: not …

2016-12-27: “Outrage is a finite resource; to attempt to generate it over and over again ensures that it will be harder for it to mean anything” More ↗ Fredrik deBoer in The Towner: To compare a journalist revealing the real identity of a …

2016-12-26: “There’s an infinite selection of activities in the world that might bring value,” so how do we choose? More ↗ Cal Newport on digital minimalism”: Many digital maximalists, who spend their days immersed …

2016-12-25: Do I have to believe in things like the virgin birth and the resurrection to be a Christian? More ↗ Excellent conversation between Nicholas Kristof and Timothy Keller in the NYT: Kristof: And …

2016-12-23: Questions for a marriage check-up More... Kevin DeYoung for TGC: As we approach the end of the year…. Some of us will put together new …

2016-12-23: Academia and the rise of “institutional disconfirmation” More ↗ Jonathan Haidt in an interview on Mind the Campus: So we acknowledge that if there was no …

2016-12-22: The corrupt “keep sprouting, like eyes on a potato in your pantry, or a bloodthirsty many-headed hydra if you’re into mythology” More ↗ John Kass in the Tribune: Yet even reformers go away, like Lawrence Bloom, Hyde Park’s former …

2016-12-19: Visualized in city maps: “for the first time, upper- and lower-class households together comprise over 50 percent of the population” More ↗ Excellent story map” from ESRI that visualizes both the economic disparity between …

2016-12-11: “It’s as if every last image is designed to call to mind the book, ‘Advertisements for Myself’” More… A couple of years old, but good read from NYT on Instagram and FOMO: Viewers, …

2016-12-05: “The World’s 15 Most Complex Subway Maps” More ↗ As ranked by a research team of mathematicians and theoretical physicists.” Of course. City …

2016-12-04: “lack of empathy in technology doesn’t exist because people who write algorithms are heartless but because they lack the reality outside the tech bubble” lack of empathy in technology doesn’t exist because people who write algorithms are heartless but …

2016-12-03: The goal of the sermon should be to “storm the citadel of the will and capture it for Jesus Christ” The goal of the sermon should be to storm the citadel of the will and capture it for Jesus Christ” …

2016-11-30: “The End of Identity Liberalism” More ↗ Columbia humanities professor Mark Lilla in the NYT: But the fixation on diversity in our …

2016-11-26: The “shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues, whose long shadow spread across the world, is dead” More ↗ Fascinating — and scathing — profile in the Miami Herald: As he [Castro] changed the face of …

2016-11-26: “Sanctuary cities” explained More... The roots of the modern sanctuary movement date back to the 1980s. U.S. churches, synagogues …

2016-11-25: The Bubble: where 1 bedroom apartments start at 1.9M The Bubble: where 1 bedroom apartments start at 1.9M

2016-11-18: If the U.S. had 100 people: Charting Americans’ religious affiliations More ↗ Pew Research: As of 2014, there were roughly 245 million adults in the United States, …

2016-11-18: Elections and why cities vote the way they do Elections and why cities vote the way they do Richard Florida in a February 2013 piece: America’s …

2016-11-17: Stetzer on seeking understanding post-election and “white evangelicals” Stetzer on seeking understanding post-election and white evangelicals” First, here’s a pre-election …

2016-11-15: People are moving out of the most expensive cities more than they’re moving in More ↗ Chris Kirkham for the WSJ: Americans are leaving the costliest metro areas for more …

2016-11-14: “Joy without obedience is frivolity; obedience without joy is moralism.” Joy without obedience is frivolity; obedience without joy is moralism.” –Alec Motyer1 Quoted in …

2016-11-10: Sometimes it takes a cultural outsider to see something the insiders are missing: Sometimes it takes a cultural outsider to see something the insiders are missing: D …

2016-11-08: Pray for “for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, Godly and dignified in every way.” Pray for for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, Godly and …

2016-11-08: Prayer for God’s governance Prayer for God’s governance Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered …

2016-11-07: Where are we? “A controversy-ridden former first lady is running for president against a wealthy former ally and megalomaniac” Where are we? A controversy-ridden former first lady is running for president against a wealthy …

2016-11-03: “I feel like the whole season is a home game” More ↗ –Dexter Fowler More in the Tribune’s This was the year” video: Update: Here’s a fan …

2016-11-02: “Ten years after the crash, it’s still a monument to the limits of suburban sprawl” More ↗ Crain’s: Then, starting in September 2006, the housing crash hit. A decade later, at least …

2016-11-01: “He had found a way to mock an insult with a prayer” More ↗ Kelefa Sanneh profiles Russell Moore in The New Yorker: Trump responded, inevitably, on …

2016-10-31: Most people cheat (and other insights about humans) More ↗ Jonathan Haidt in his excellent book, The Righteous Mind: [Dan] Ariely summarizes his …

2016-10-29: “At what point are we choosing to spend more time with our smartphones than with our spouses?” More ↗ Brooke Lea Foster in the NYT: Married or not, many of us sleep with our phones on our night …

2016-10-28: “How the Brown Rat Conquered New York City (and Every Other One, Too)” More ↗ New York Times: But the brown rats of Europe became the true globe-trotters. As Western …

2016-10-19: “Baby Jazlene, buried through the kindness of strangers” More ↗ Maureen O’Donnell for the Sun-Times: For her funeral, Baby Jazlene was dressed in a white …

2016-10-18: Jesus was a “migrant refugee… outrunning the Planned Parenthood of his day, the king Herod” More ↗ Russell Moore writing The Gospel vs. 100 years of Planned Parenthood:” And at the Cross, …

2016-10-17: “The world’s first commercial drone delivery service has launched” More ↗ Health workers can request a blood drop via text message, and it arrives around 30 minutes …

2016-10-13: The Church is “the institution that sees the human being as a creature, not a machine” More ↗ Russel Moore, writing for the Washington Post: This peril exists now not only for Christian …

2016-10-13: “The Goldberg variation: High-rise public housing that works” More ↗ Maya Dukmasova in the Chicago Reader: But while the towers of Cabrini-Green and the Robert …

2016-10-13: Mapping the invisible: the great Chicago map currently in development More ↗ Chicago Magazines’s Whet Moser on the undertaking to produce a 3D map of Chicago’s …

2016-10-12: How Barack, Donald, Bernie, and Paul misuse the term “inner city” More ↗ Emily Badger in the NYT: But that’s the power of this perception. The phrase inner city” is …

2016-10-12: The seven types of global city More ↗ Richard Florida in CityLab on the intersection of urbanization and globalization, citing data …

2016-10-11: These “zealously evangelized ‘no offense’ policies offer a window into our impatience to ferret out every last vestige of ‘-isms’” More ↗ The Week’s Shikha Dalmia on the safe spaces”problem that is plaguing American institutions: …

2016-09-29: The fundamental purpose of the church More ↗ Jared Wilson in The Story of Everything”: The importance of the church — and the fundamental …

2016-09-29: “You just feel … kinda satisfied with your products. And then you die.” More ↗ Excellent piece by Andrew Sullivan in NYMag on the Internet taking over our lives. Includes …

2016-09-29: The Constitution, the Founders, the Roman Republic, and the President as dictator More ↗ Eric Posner, interviewed on Freakonomics Radio: The great lesson of Roman history was that, …

2016-09-25: The debates: “We will learn little to nothing that could not be discovered by any Google user” More ↗ Instead of any substantive exploration of the candidates’ proposals, we will be treated to a …

2016-09-16: The thousands of churches that serve Syrian refugees More ↗ NYT: But the political issues, [refugees Anwar and Daleen] said they knew only from …

2016-09-15: “24 people were displaced from their homes every minute of every day during 2015” 24 people were displaced from their homes every minute of every day during 2015” Quartz: The number …

2016-09-15: On refugees “crushing economies,” “taking jobs,” and “wasting tax dollars” More ↗ Brookings research: So assume you are in a country that has taken in a quarter, or even 2.6 …

2016-09-15: “Immigration and Crime: What the Research Says” More ↗ Cato: With few exceptions, immigrants are less crime prone than natives or have no effect on …

2016-09-14: Winning elections increasingly means constructive work on immigration reform More ↗ NYT: For many members of Congress, being open to an immigration overhaul is increasingly a …

2016-09-13: “Why US cities are fighting to attract immigrants” More ↗ Ted Hesson in The Atlantic: But immigration, on the whole, bolsters the workforce and adds to …

2016-09-09: “If atheists win the day, political liberalism will become illiberal and nihilistic” More ↗ Bruce Ashford reviewing Os Guinness’ new book, Impossible People in TGC: Modernity, it turns …

2016-09-08: “To learn how the rest of the world lives is to cure yourself of spoiling” More ↗ Bart Schaneman in The Week: You can attempt to relate your experiences to your friends and …

2016-09-07: “The Geography of the World’s Billionaires” More ↗ Richard Florida in CityLab: The top ten metros account for nearly a third (30.7 percent) of …

2016-09-06: How a pastor and a seamstress gave us Labor Day More ↗ Vikki Ortiz Healy for the Tribune: When two Pullman residents, the Rev. William Cowardine and …

2016-09-05: “How porn is changing a generation of girls” More ↗ Time: [Pornography’s] producers have one goal: to get men off hard and fast for profit. That …

2016-09-02: How the first superhighway in Chicago changed the city More ↗ Robert Loerzel for WBEZ: And another reason to look at the Ike [I-290]: It was the first …

2016-09-02: “The experience of those who are losing their religion shouldn’t obscure the experience of those who are finding it” More ↗ Emma Green in The Atlantic, expounding on Pew data: The experience of those who are losing …

2016-09-02: Pew: How America finds a new church More ↗ Pew: Two-thirds of Christians say they now attend religious services at least once or twice a …

2016-08-31: Home prices mapped by transit stop Home prices mapped by transit stop Estately’s blog: Bay AreaBostonChicagoD.C.

2016-08-30: “The mechanics, the politics, and the psychic challenges of the September 12 era” More ↗ Excellent long-form reporting — a year in the making — from Steven Brill1 in The Atlantic: …

2016-08-29: Learning: “At times may challenge you and even cause discomfort” More ↗ University of Chicago: Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so …

2016-08-26: Athlete’s record-breaking Olympic victory reveals debate about race in South Africa More ↗ Lynsey Chutel in Quartz: While the term coloured seems antiquated and cringe worthy in some …

2016-08-25: Falling in love with your city More ↗ Jessica Hullinger in The Week: Relationships — with other humans, and with physical places — …

2016-08-25: Romance: “Regime of Choice” vs. “Regime of Fate” More ↗ Polina Aronson in Aeon: The clash of romantic regimes was precisely what I was experiencing …

2016-08-24: Of dogs and refugees More ↗ Nicholas Kristof in the NYT: I mourned [our family dog’s] passing on social media and …

2016-08-23: The paradigm shift from parenting to “peer-enting” More ↗ MTV executive Nick Shore in Fast Company: A century of parent-centered” nuclear family has …

2016-08-22: Prefer a walkable neighborhood or a McMansion? Depends on how you vote. More ↗ Pew Research: It is an enduring stereotype — conservatives prefer suburban McMansions while …

2016-08-21: Critical question to ask when living out the Christian sexual ethic: “What does repentance look like?” More ↗ Russell Moore: We [Christian leaders] have much to repent for in the accommodation to a …

2016-08-20: “In tense elections, religious leaders can make things better—or worse” More ↗ The Economist: …Nigeria’s faith leaders also played a constructive role, at times, helping …

2016-08-19: “Starting this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones” More ↗ Bloomberg: Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to …

2016-08-19: “Only through worship are we restored to vigor from the exhaustion and burnout of seeking our own glory” More ↗ —Tim and Kathy Keller

2016-08-19: “One in eight US adults says they smoke marijuana” More ↗ The percentage of American adults who say they smoke weed has nearly doubled in three years, …

2016-08-17: “If there’s a mass religion of global culture it’s the belief that by believing in yourself you can get everything you’ve ever dreamed of” More ↗ NY Mag: It gets worse. We now recognize that getting the lives we want depends on cultivating …

2016-08-17: Donuts and magnets: models for understanding urban change More ↗ CityLab, discussing newly developed tool that demonstrates Aaron Renn’s new/old donut ” …

2016-08-16: “More than half of the African-American neighborhoods in the state are actually jails” More ↗ CityLab: 17-year-old Lew Blank was fiddling around with the Weldon Cooper Center’s Racial Dot …

2016-08-15: “America’s birth rate is now a national emergency” More ↗ Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry in The Week: It wasn’t always this way. It used to be taken for granted …

2016-08-15: Speaking of gerrymandering… More ↗ Prison gerrymandering” is a thing too: A U.S. District Judge ruled today that the City of …

2016-08-12: Why the heck gerrymandering even a thing, let alone legal? More ↗ While prepared by an Illinois-specific project, this slide deck is worth reading for citizens …

2016-08-11: How New York’s zoning laws help promote (or restrict) dense, vibrant neighborhoods More ↗ NYT cites current zoning laws mean that 40% of the buildings in Manhattan could not be built …

2016-08-09: How the porn-saturated Internet affects both “liberal” and “conservative” parents More ↗ Judith Shulevitz, feminism, culture and science” columnist for the NYT: But non-Republicans …

2016-08-09: “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you…” Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you…” …who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. …

2016-08-05: “No need to distort Trump’s and Clinton’s words. The truth is bad enough.” More ↗ Eric Zorn in the Tribune: But fairness here is not only ethical, it also makes good strategic …

2016-08-05: Getting out of welfare More ↗ Reform was successful—in a sense: Today just 3 million people receive cash assistance from …

2016-08-04: Is what we do as church what people in the Bible did? More ↗ John Piper offers a clear, concise response about the biblical precedent for three church …

2016-08-04: “Living in an anxious age” More ↗ Tim Keller and John Inazu in Christianity Today: We can also learn from the biblical witness …

2016-08-03: Deep work vs. shallow work More ↗ Interview with Georgetown prof. Cal Newport: There are two types of work: deep and shallow. …

2016-08-03: Hope in an age of mass incarceration More ↗ Thabiti Anyabwile in The Atlantic: I find [Ta-Nehisi Coates’] searing analysis compelling. I …

2016-08-02: Why far right and far left politics begin to look like each other More ↗ Wikipedia: The horseshoe theory in political science asserts that rather than the far left …

2016-08-01: Which country has the most immigrants? More ↗ Hint: It’s not what you think it is.

2016-08-01: “The least unpopular” More ↗ Joseph Lake for the Economist Intelligence Unit: This is the most unpopular pair of …

2016-07-31: Interactive Map of World Population More ↗ Via WorldPopulationHistory.org

2016-07-29: 6000 years of city building 6000 years of city building

2016-07-28: The Washington Post publishes excerpts from Tony Evans’ message on race and gospel More ↗ God has a kingdom. It’s made up of citizens. Some black, some white, some red, yellow, …

2016-07-27: “At their best, cities…” More ↗ Benjamin Grant in SPUR: At their best, cities bring us together across economic, social and …

2016-07-27: Interview with Elon Musk about Gigafactory More ↗ Musk’s Central Park-sized factory is taking dogfooding to new a level: Tesla cut and capped …

2016-07-26: Students’ lost humanity More ↗ Paul Barnwell in The Atlantic: A few months ago, I presented the following scenario to my …

2016-07-17: Lament Lament Yet another shooting. Two pieces come to mind: A prayer from Psalm 10 that Jackie Hill Perry …

2016-07-17: Race and Policing More ↗ Sobering read in Vox by an ex-cop, with this deduction from a veteran police instructor: On …

2016-07-16: Radical change across Africa Radical change across Africa Great interview from Ken Wytsma in his book Create vs. Copy with relief …

2016-07-15: Race, policy, and anti-police violence More ↗ Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic (emphasis mine): There is no shortcut out. Sanctimonious …

2016-07-14: When the Lovable Losers are winning More ↗ Jerry Useem in The Atlantic: Conventional wisdom has it that the Cubs are either cursed—by a …

2016-07-13: London as City-State More ↗ City Lab: The situation [post-Brexit vote] is so tense and surreal that in the aftermath of …

2016-07-12: Comparing neighborhood change in Chicago and L.A. More ↗ Richard Florida in City Lab: In the end, mapping neighborhood change in both cities …

2016-07-07: Sunset Cape Town Sea Sunset Cape Town Sea

2016-07-03: Study Notes: Mark 7 Study Notes: Mark 7 The story of the gentile woman’s encounter with Jesus in Mark 7:24-30 has been …

2016-07-01: Trauma’s expanding definition applied to the church Trauma’s expanding definition applied to the church Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic, writing …

2016-06-30: Identity and brexit More ↗ Fareed Zakaria: Economic issues affect the head. Identity issues hit the heart. More than …

2016-06-29: The exhaustive scope of the Sermon on the Mount The exhaustive scope of the Sermon on the Mount Timothy Keller in Generous Justice: In both the …

2016-06-26: Three good things about difficult Bible passages I recently heard a recording of a pastor with decades of experience say that the passage in Mark …

2016-06-23: Dichotomized blame for the violence in Chicago Dichotomized blame for the violence in Chicago Contact reporters for the Tribune: In many quarters, …

2016-06-22: A Christian response to gun violence in the U.S. More ↗ Bernard Howard in Mere Orthodoxy: When God says, in the Book of Genesis, From each man … I …

2016-06-20: Speaking in a digital age More ↗ …you live in a narcissistic echo chamber!” That would be true, if the digital world were the …

2016-06-18: “What Christians just don’t get about LGBT folks” More ↗ Rosaria Butterfield on TGC with three things the average Christian doesn’t understand about …

2016-06-18: “You are not your sexuality” More ↗ Redemptive personal story and teaching from Sam Allberry.

2016-06-17: Cities’ outsized proportion of global economy in 2025 and 2050 Cities’ outsized proportion of global economy in 2025 and 2050 McKinsey projection for 2025: Six …

2016-06-16: Fastest growing cities More ↗ So what do the numbers tell us about the future of megacities? For one thing, it’s clear that …

2016-06-16: Make your student small group awesome More ↗ Good thoughts from Logan Greer and Kevin Greer: As the small group leader, you are a …

2016-06-16: Music Creation More ↗ Dr. Shawn Okpebholo on composition: [I was] energized by my devotion to Christ and his …

2016-06-13: Prayer for church, race, and class More ↗ Tim and Kathy Keller on Psalm 72:8-14: Lord, empower your church to win the world by not just …

2016-06-12: This Year’s Summer Jam More ↗ Watson Jones in CT: Although I’m nine years older, [Chance’s] lyrics still resonate. In …

2016-06-12: Can We Still Weep Together? More ↗ Russell Moore: Our national divisions increasingly make it difficult for us not just to work …

2016-05-06: “Lord, put into authority honest, wise, and generous leaders…” More ↗

2016-05-05: Global cities look more like each other than their regions Global cities look more like each other than their regions As I stepped from the platform into the …

2016-05-05: “He presented himself alive and spoke about the kingdom of God… and as they were looking on, he was lifted up.” He presented himself alive and spoke about the kingdom of God… and as they were looking on, he was …

2016-05-05: “The universe is an endless ocean of God’s joy and glory. We are caught temporarily in a little drop of sadness here on Earth.” The universe is an endless ocean of God’s joy and glory. We are caught temporarily in a little drop …

2016-05-02: “In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” …

2016-05-01: ”Encryption is math. Math works the same for Mother Teresa and for Bin Laden” ”Encryption is math. Math works the same for Mother Teresa and for Bin Laden” Zakaria/Snowden debate

2016-04-30: ”All cities belong to some state, but… many cities matter as much to the world as to their home country” ”All cities belong to some state, but… many cities matter as much to the world as to their home …

2016-04-28: ”the places that look most like America are large metros; that look least like America have fewer than 100k people” ”the places that look most like America are large metros; that look least like America have fewer …

2016-04-24: ”The very kind of prayer that forces me to surrender is also the prayer that needles me to want.” ”The very kind of prayer that forces me to surrender is also the prayer that needles me to want.” …

2016-04-23: “Life’s impossibilities, and the limits they place upon us, are often where we grow most quickly in our desire for God” More ↗ —Jen Pollock Michel

2016-04-22: ”It would be abhorrent to allow the sale of fetal tissue.” ”It would be abhorrent to allow the sale of fetal tissue.” —Henry Waxman (D-CA)

2016-04-17: ”Big-time conservative media isn’t made in those places — Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin — even if it’s marketed to them.” ”Big-time conservative media isn’t made in those places — Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin — even if it’s …

2016-04-16: ”The company secretly tampered with 700,000 newsfeeds and concluded that it can make you feel whatever it wants you to” ”The company secretly tampered with 700,000 newsfeeds and concluded that it can make you feel …

2016-04-16: ”Turn Parking Into A Park?” ”Turn Parking Into A Park?” Yes, please. (Granted, this commercial space becoming a public park is …

2016-04-15: ”The reason I am so frustrated is because of my inadequate doctrine.” ”The reason I am so frustrated is because of my inadequate doctrine.”

2016-04-14: ”Oh Dad! Look, I see the star!” ”Oh Dad! Look, I see the star!” City life.

2016-04-06: ”In a megacity world, countries can be suburbs of cities” ”In a megacity world, countries can be suburbs of cities”

2016-04-05: Best quote from papers I’m grading Best quote from papers I’m grading Grading papers on urban church. Best quote so far: I do not …

2016-04-05: Panama Papers More ↗ Meet the global industry of service providers, which sell financial secrecy to those who can …

2016-03-29: “But what’s truly terrifying is girls like them aren’t the minority. I am.” More ↗

2016-03-17: ”a process that would generate a majority for a candidate automatically…” ”a process that would generate a majority for a candidate automatically…”

2016-02-29: Hyperloop envisioned in 1897 More ↗ Chicago Trib article has 120 years or so on Elon Musk. (See left column: Transit furnished by …

2016-02-26: The Dangerous All Writs Act Precedent in the Apple Encryption Case More ↗

2016-02-26: “If pundits speak about immigrants as threats, view poor minorities as economic drains, mock Christians as bigots…” More ↗

2016-02-17: The Midwest’s urban/rural divide and the myth of America’s heartland More ↗

2016-02-12: State and Congress State and Congress

2016-02-10: “‘Do What You Love’ And Other Lies About Success and Happiness” ‘Do What You Love’ And Other Lies About Success and Happiness”

2016-02-10: ”women’s bodies and children’s futures have been turned into rhetorical proving grounds for politicians.” ”women’s bodies and children’s futures have been turned into rhetorical proving grounds for …

2016-02-09: “The responsibility of a university… is to promote ‘fearless freedom of debate.’” More ↗

2016-02-08: “No organisation should ever announce in public that it is ‘ethical.’” More ↗

2016-02-06: ”When citizens of a democracy deify the voice of the people… negative consequences abound” ”When citizens of a democracy deify the voice of the people… negative consequences abound”

2016-02-04: Foreign investment per state in Nigeria. More ↗

2016-02-02: “Suited up, we stood before the airlock, and it opened.” More ↗ The door opened on a massive glass box, seven acres in size.”

2016-02-01: ”Your religion is the story you tell yourself about yourself to others.” ”Your religion is the story you tell yourself about yourself to others.” –David Dark

2016-01-28: “Chicago Police Dept. audit reveals many of the department’s dashboard cameras have been deliberately sabotaged” More ↗

2016-01-26: How “Making a Murderer” Went Wrong… More ↗ I still loved it as a case study about how the judicial system often works differently for …

2016-01-26: ”How could the good guys…seek help from someone whose greed, brutality, and lust for power were legendary?” ”How could the good guys…seek help from someone whose greed, brutality, and lust for power were …

2016-01-23: ”I have experienced much greater academic freedom at Wheaton than I ever did at the secular university that I left.” ”I have experienced much greater academic freedom at Wheaton than I ever did at the secular …

2016-01-21: ”2016 is the election when Silicon Valley upstages the old power structure and seizes control of the political game.” ”2016 is the election when Silicon Valley upstages the old power structure and seizes control of the …

2016-01-21: ”Just as sin is man substituting himself for God, so salvation is God substituting himself for man.” ”Just as sin is man substituting himself for God, so salvation is God substituting himself for man.” …

2016-01-18: ”Lord, make my words honest and true, economical and few, wise and well chosen, calm and kind.” ”Lord, make my words honest and true, economical and few, wise and well chosen, calm and kind.” -Tim …

2016-01-17: More “authentic”. More “visceral”. More “real.” More ↗

2016-01-16: ”Mercy ministry always comes down to this - you can help, but only Jesus can heal.” ”Mercy ministry always comes down to this - you can help, but only Jesus can heal.” -Rosaria …

2016-01-14: How Studio Gang is working to transform the police station into the polis station More ↗

2016-01-14: Illuminating excerpt from “Don’t Shoot” More ↗ Kevin DeYoung, commenting on insightful passages from David Kennedy’s book, Don’t Shoot: Does …

2016-01-14: ”How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First” ”How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First”

2016-01-11: ”Bless the hearts of CEOs everywhere, less management is sometimes the best management.” ”Bless the hearts of CEOs everywhere, less management is sometimes the best management.”

2016-01-09: ”Imagine if you treated your actual, physical mailbox like you treat your email. Here’s how it would go…” ”Imagine if you treated your actual, physical mailbox like you treat your email. Here’s how it would …

2016-01-08: “we’re heading toward an era where drastic responses to will become socially acceptable” we’re heading toward an era where drastic responses to will become socially acceptable” Internet …

2016-01-01: Why can’t we read anymore? Or listen to our kids? Or just be present? More ↗ Good read, and interesting that it comes via SF Chronicle

2015-12-26: “In math, it’s wonderful that there are basic problems that still exist that nobody knows the answer to” More ↗

2015-12-22: How a refugee comes to the US More ↗

2015-12-16: More than a role model More ↗

2015-12-14: Sunset Lekki-Ikoyi Sunset Lekki-Ikoyi

2015-12-14: ”a change from self to unself” ”a change from self to unself” What man needs is a radical change of nature.

2015-12-10: ”Five cups of coffee a day to keep the doctor away, according to a new government health report” ”Five cups of coffee a day to keep the doctor away, according to a new government health report”

2015-12-04: Quitting Facebook More ↗ Facebook quitters feel less angry, less lonely, less depressd, more decisive, more …

2015-12-03: Harvard data on firearms and… Harvard data on firearms and… …Homocide …Self-defense…Children

2015-12-03: “Increased focus on microaggressions coupled with emotional reasoning is a formula for a constant state of outrage” More ↗ Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in The Atlantic: Something strange is happening at …

2015-12-01: ”Jesus never predicted his death without adding that he would rise” ”Jesus never predicted his death without adding that he would rise” -John Stott

2015-11-28: ”Such a man is altogether beyond our reach. He succeeded where we always fail. He had complete self-mastery…” ”Such a man is altogether beyond our reach. He succeeded where we always fail. He had complete …

2015-11-25: ”A staggering moment for Chicago” ”A staggering moment for Chicago” And for people everywhere. It stirs me up to pray things like the …

2015-11-25: ”Since 2009… 140,000 more Mexican migrants left the United States than arrived” ”Since 2009… 140,000 more Mexican migrants left the United States than arrived” I love these kinds …

2015-11-20: Presidential primary stare-down debate More ↗

2015-11-20: Research shows that in the long term refugees are a “hugely profitable investment” More ↗ Summary: they are a hugely profitable investment.” (The moral imperative aside, of course.)

2015-11-18: Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children More ↗

2015-11-16: ”Humans fight over bits of compressed carbon, tracts of dirt, addictive mind-altering substances, and soccer matches” ”Humans fight over bits of compressed carbon, tracts of dirt, addictive mind-altering substances, …

2015-11-11: ”Send out your light and your truth and let them lead me” ”Send out your light and your truth and let them lead me” —Psalm 43:3

2015-11-09: ”Good teachers make it possible for people to change their positions without shame” ”Good teachers make it possible for people to change their positions without shame” -Rosaria …

2015-11-06: “The systematic failures in TSA security checks” More ↗ Auditors saw 95%‘success’ rate for smuggling in bombs and guns.

2015-11-01: 498 Years Ago Today: Luther and His 95 Theses 498 Years Ago Today: Luther and His 95 Theses

2015-11-01: Economics and happiness More ↗ There is an asymmetry in the way people compare themselves with others.

2015-10-22: Cubs sweep series More ↗

2015-10-22: ”We’re going to spend 5 days defining 2 words: ‘urban’ and ‘culture’” ”We’re going to spend 5 days defining 2 words:‘urban’ and‘culture’” -gordon venturella

2015-10-14: Fly the W More ↗

2015-10-14: “You are not my life” More ↗ For months, I looked out at the congregation and said [to myself],‘You are not my life…’ …

2015-10-12: Every goat in the U.S. More ↗

2015-10-09: What God requires What God requires I had to push myself to believe that this is all God requires of me — to seek his …

2015-10-07: ”Jesus was single. He never married or had sex. And he was completely fulfilled and had the most effective life in history” ”Jesus was single. He never married or had sex. And he was completely fulfilled and had the most …

2015-10-06: The Missing Demographic in Urban Churches More ↗

2015-09-23: ”He threw it off a man’s head into his own net! He threw it off a man’s head into his own net!” ”He threw it off a man’s head into his own net! He threw it off a man’s head into his own net!” h/t …

2015-09-21: ”the American [military] policy of treating child sexual abuse as a ‘cultural issue’” ”the American [military] policy of treating child sexual abuse as a‘cultural issue’”

2015-09-18: A tale of 3 cities- Violent crime in LA, NYC, and Chicago More ↗

2015-09-16: Why shattering a moralistic understanding of Christianity is a good thing More ↗

2015-09-14: ”No longer do we think we have the power merely to discover moral reality and truth — we think we have the power to actually create it. What we have now is less a reversal of modernity and than an intensification of its deepest patterns” ”No longer do we think we have the power merely to discover moral reality and truth — we think we …

2015-09-14: ”Water runs downhill and the highest hills are the great cities. If we can stir them…” ”Water runs downhill and the highest hills are the great cities. If we can stir them…”  — DL Moody …

2015-09-10: “Everything changes in light of the Victim who is the Judge” More ↗

2015-09-08: Boston College philosophy prof identifies only four possibilities re Abortion and culpability More ↗

2015-09-08: ”The trend is clear- The number of homicides in major U.S. cities has declined spectacularly” ”The trend is clear- The number of homicides in major U.S. cities has declined spectacularly”

2015-09-07: “When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job?” More ↗ Excellent article. Demonstrates why sound analysis is so much more important (and difficult) …

2015-09-02: ”When You Protect Your Child from the Porn Industry, You Also Protect Mine” ”When You Protect Your Child from the Porn Industry, You Also Protect Mine” h/t Tim Challies

2015-08-28: Pro-Choice Questions, Pro-Life Answers Pro-Choice Questions, Pro-Life Answers Part 1Part 2

2015-08-21: “How Porn Destroyed Sex” More ↗

2015-08-18: “beekeepers say that honeybees generally do better in Chicago than in rural areas” beekeepers say that honeybees generally do better in Chicago than in rural areas”

2015-08-18: ”the Trojan horses of pleasure and comfort, ‘wisdom’ and ‘security,’ flattery and shame” ”the Trojan horses of pleasure and comfort,‘wisdom’ and‘security,’ flattery and shame”

2015-08-14: Marquis DeSade “was truly a prophet born out of time” More ↗

2015-08-14: ”The unfolding of your words gives light” ”The unfolding of your words gives light” — Psalm 119:130

2015-08-13: Gallup poll 1950 v 2005 Gallup poll 1950 v 2005 Gallup asked high school seniors, Are you a very important person?” In 1950 …

2015-08-13: On crowdfunding for civic projects More ↗ Crowdfunding is one way to get a local project done. But wait a minute — what do you pay …

2015-08-11: Culture, sex, and god More ↗ A sure sign of sex as‘god:’ More people today can imagine being happy without money more …

2015-08-11: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the matters of life” Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the matters of life” Proverbs 4:23

2015-08-11: “So commenced the unlikely friendship and intellectual partnership of the atheist and the apologist” More ↗

2015-08-09: “The Most Meaningless Abortion Statistic Ever” More ↗

2015-08-07: Planned Parenthood, the government, and money More ↗ The Telegraph: at the same time government gives a lot of money to Planned Parenthood, …

2015-08-07: “This is”about medical ethics, big money politics and public morality” More ↗

2015-08-06: ”Planned Parenthood’s “3%” claim explained ”Planned Parenthood’s 3%” claim explained

2015-08-02: Our Wilberforce Moment More ↗ You may choose to look away, but you can never say again that you did not know. – William …

2015-07-30: “an institution at the heart of respectable society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be called barbarism” an institution at the heart of respectable society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be …

2015-07-30: “…marriage means sometimes hating this other person but staying together because you promised you would” …marriage means sometimes hating this other person but staying together because you promised you …

2015-07-29: Milwaukee Police Chief: “The zoo has accounted for all its lions” More ↗

2015-07-29: “The Lord knows how to keep his pastors humble so you can worry about keeping your pastor going” More ↗

2015-07-28: Four things Chicago is getting right More ↗ Always nice to see news like this.

2015-07-24: Lion’s Head Lion’s Head

2015-07-17: “If yes, specify no” If yes, specify no” International visa requirements.

2015-07-16: “Planned Parenthood exec, fetal body parts subject of controversial video” More ↗ via CNN

2015-07-15: El Chapo escape More ↗ Video shows‘Chapo’ Guzman pacing in cell just before vanishing from prison. — The Washington …

2015-07-14: The Washington Post on Undercover Planned Parenthood video More ↗

2015-07-14: “In the prehistoric era, 1952, the word ‘pregnant’ was still banned and Lucille Ball had to say she was ‘expecting’” More ↗

2015-07-14: “The challenge is finding non-judgmental clinicians to whom vampires can disclose their alternative lifestyles” More ↗

2015-07-12: “Legalism lacks the supreme sense of worship. It obeys but it does not adore.” Legalism lacks the supreme sense of worship. It obeys but it does not adore.” — Geerhardus Vos via …

2015-06-26: “The 1st question is not, ‘What did Jesus do and how do I do it?’ but ‘What does Jesus offer and how do I receive it?’” The 1st question is not,‘What did Jesus do and how do I do it?’ but‘What does Jesus offer and how do …

2015-06-21: “The powerful words of forgiveness delivered to Dylann Roof by victims’ relatives” More ↗

2015-06-17: 16th century morning prayer 16th century morning prayer As you make your sun shine upon the earth, grant the light of your …

2015-06-17: “Dads’”goofy teasing and hyper play actually help young children develop” More ↗ Scientific research at its best.

2015-06-11: The Résumé Beyond Your Reach The Résumé Beyond Your Reach  One evening, I sat cross-legged on the roof of my five-story …

2015-06-04: The Bible and same sex relationships - A review article More ↗ by Tim Keller

2015-05-29: “Where You Live Changes What You See When You Read the Bible” More ↗ This shouldn’t be surprising, but it somehow still is.

2015-05-25: “A lot of people just don’t have the words. They don’t have words like ‘sin’ and ‘grace’” More ↗ David Brooks interview with Tavis Smiley

2015-05-25: “The ubiquity of sexual images does not free eros but dilutes it” More ↗

2015-05-21: “I like jazz because you can nap to it or dance to it” I like jazz because you can nap to it or dance to it” —Bella

2015-05-20: The Genius of the Chicago Flag More ↗

2015-05-19: Why are there no “pedestrian streets” in Chicago’s black neighborhoods? More ↗

2015-05-14: History “is not on the side of those who brook no dissent, ignore all counter-evidence, and demonize all opposition” More ↗

2015-05-14: Top 3 cities for small business in America More ↗ Always nice to see Chicago on a list like this.

2015-05-14: Why Chicago is not the next Detroit More ↗

2015-05-13: “The US payday loans crisis: Borrow $100 to make ends meet, owe 36 times that sum” More ↗

2015-05-13: “We strive to fulfill the Genesis 1:28 creation mandate through built places” We strive to fulfill the Genesis 1:28 creation mandate through built places” — Jack DeBartolo, …

2015-05-12: “Church planters and pastors, your greatest asset is the Word of God” Church planters and pastors, your greatest asset is the Word of God” -Tom Schrader

2015-04-26: On love and society On love and society The things we love individually not only determine our character, but what a …

2015-04-23: Thank you, Mexico… Thank you, Mexico…

2015-04-14: “Education should not be intended to make people comfortable, it is meant to make them think” More ↗

2015-04-05: “The angel asked,”What are you doing here? This is a tomb and tombs are for dead people. Jesus is alive again!” The angel asked,”What are you doing here? This is a tomb and tombs are for dead people. Jesus is …

2015-04-03: The Atlantic: “Should Mom-and-Pops That Forgo Gay Weddings Be Destroyed?” More ↗

2015-04-03: “18 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids” 18 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids”

2015-03-31: “Think of your city as teeming with neighbors whom you are called to know, love, and engage with the gospel” More ↗ — Um and Buzzard

2015-03-30: “For the first time, [people] have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.” More ↗ — Peter Drucker

2015-03-28: “The wicked disadvantage others to advance themselves. Th righteous disadvantage themselves to advance others” The wicked disadvantage others to advance themselves. Th righteous disadvantage themselves to …

2015-03-27: Thy will be done Thy will be done If we can’t say thy will be done” from the bottom of our hearts, we will never know …

2015-03-27: “I can’t really talk about race with the premise ‘I don’t have a problem’” I can’t really talk about race with the premise‘I don’t have a problem’” — @joeladamsh

2015-03-27: “When we talk ‘culture’, Christian theology uniquely acknowledges both image of God and brokenness of sin” When we talk‘culture’, Christian theology uniquely acknowledges both image of God and brokenness of …

2015-03-23: “He who calls you is faithful; he will certainly come through.” He who calls you is faithful; he will certainly come through.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

2015-03-21: “Learn to read the signs of the times or be forced to read the writing on the wall” Learn to read the signs of the times or be forced to read the writing on the wall” — Os Guiness (h/t …

2015-03-18: A prayer from Patrick on his namesake day More ↗

2015-03-16: Luther on prayer More ↗ Luther counsels the cultivation of prayer as a habit through regular discipline. He proposes …

2015-03-12: “Though he owes me nothing, he gives me everything I need” Though he owes me nothing, he gives me everything I need” — David Platt on Job 41:11

2015-03-09: “Reading Ezra 9 will never feel urgent, but it is. A biblical diet forms us” Reading Ezra 9 will never feel urgent, but it is. A biblical diet forms us” — @mike_ackerman

2015-03-07: “Leaders own all the problems and defer all the praise” Leaders own all the problems and defer all the praise” — @Mike_Hickerson

2015-03-01: Praying for happiness Praying for happiness This is the fundamental prayer for happiness from a mind that the Spirit has …

2015-02-25: Inner life and outer life Inner life and outer life If we give priority to the outer life, our inner life will be dark and …

2015-02-25: “Self-denial is saying only: He goes ahead of us; hold fast to him.” More ↗ —Dietrich Bonhoeffer Makes me think of self-control” being a fruit of his Spirit.

2015-02-24: “The city [that’s] just about equally black, white and Latino” More ↗ Chicago is the only city I’m aware of like this, with no overwhelming racial majority.

2015-02-23: “This is not a love story. This is not even an erotic story” More ↗

2015-02-01: Seattle Flukes v. New England Cheats Seattle Flukes v. New England Cheats Super Bowl XLIX

2015-01-26: Peace for the city Peace for the city Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. …

2015-01-24: “The ideas that move industries forward are not the result of tremendous creative insight but rather of masterful stewardship” The ideas that move industries forward are not the result of tremendous creative insight but rather …

2015-01-22: The not-yet new year More ↗ At the end of the day, the whole cycle is quite theological — even if we don’t realize it. …

2015-01-22: “Could it be that France is in the early stages of a Christian revival?” More ↗

2015-01-22: “For eight years, Carlos Javier Ortiz photographed neighborhoods in Chicago riddled by bullets” More ↗

2015-01-16: “Reforming health care means fiddling with an industry that is larger than the economies of all but five countries” More ↗

2015-01-15: Being the church in a world where social media cravings are harder to resist than nicotine More ↗ A 2012 Harvard University research study revealed that sharing personal information about …

2015-01-07: “It is a great comfort to know that our judge will be none other than our saviour” It is a great comfort to know that our judge will be none other than our saviour” —John Stott

2015-01-06: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life” Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life” — Proverbs 4:23

2015-01-02: The scientific case for God More ↗ Eric Metaxes in the WSJ: Fred Hoyle, who coined the term‘big bang,’ said that his atheism …

2015-01-01: 2 Thessalonians and New Year’s Resolutions 2 Thessalonians and New Year’s Resolutions

2015-01-01: “Contrary to what many books say, do not start with yourself…. your self-knowledge is limited.” More ↗ Tim Keller on vocation.

2014-12-19: Interested in serving the church in a city? More ↗ These leaders advise a ministry residency: (min. 9.00)

2014-12-14: Normalization of Pornography Fuels the Rape Culture More ↗ Pornography’s ever-increasing ubiquity is as well-documented as it is self-evident. With this …

2014-12-14: “…and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” …and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” …

2014-12-12: Hard lessons from Mars Hill More ↗ Via CT: The whole corporate model for managing a church has infiltrated and affected the …

2014-12-12: Live stream of “A Time To Speak” More ↗ A panel conversation on the gospel and race.

2014-12-10: Good News! Great Joy! Parents, make this Christmas special for your family More ↗

2014-12-10: “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all” Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all” —Peter …

2014-12-08: Meet the doctor who still makes house calls — in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods More ↗ A son of Englewood on Chicago’s South Side, Richardson has been a solo practitioner of family …

2014-12-08: “this is a gospel issue because we’re all created in the image of God and redeemed equally” this is a gospel issue because we’re all created in the image of God and redeemed equally” Christian …

2014-12-01: Christmas carols with Olivia, age 8 Christmas carols with Olivia, age 8 ♫ Every bloody nose, a turkey, and some mistletoe ♫ Help to make …

2014-11-27: Ferguson, Obama, and what’s next More ↗ Anyabwile in the TGC: How I wish the Pres had ended his comments and what I pray the …

2014-11-24: “As our personality becomes reorganized around God and his eternal life, self-denial becomes our settled disposition” As our personality becomes reorganized around God and his eternal life, self-denial becomes our …

2014-11-20: Caring for ebola patients More ↗ We were made for caring, but we cannot care without risk.

2014-11-16: Why plant churches More ↗ Ed Stetzer in CT: When the apostles and disciples heard the Great Commission, they did not …

2014-11-12: Church and art More ↗ Let’s invest in art-making that over decades yields a winsome Christian presence in art and …

2014-11-08: Pray for O Block: The most dangerous street in Chicago More ↗

2014-11-03: App’ing interpersonal relationships More ↗ Apps that maximize romantic connection through seamless relationship outsourcing.”

2014-10-28: “some days leave me feeling more like Clark Griswold than the Apostle Paul” some days leave me feeling more like Clark Griswold than the Apostle Paul”

2014-10-08: “God doesn’t just make people better. He makes people new.” God doesn’t just make people better. He makes people new.” — Jodi Hickerson

2014-10-07: Bottle rockets More ↗ Kids and cousins and bottle rockets and slow mo

2014-10-07: “Youth ministry is successful when students graduate knowing who they are in Christ” Youth ministry is successful when students graduate knowing who they are in Christ” — Mike Hickerson

2014-09-25: Half the U.S. population is in 146 counties More ↗

2014-09-21: “Work that is truly Christian is work well done” Work that is truly Christian is work well done” — R. Kent Hughes

2014-09-13: Ground Zero rebuild More ↗ 8 years of time lapse + poignant worker portraiture = @ArtistMarcus’s excellent WTC …

2014-09-13: NYT: Death of Adulthood More ↗ In doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all …

2014-09-13: Suffering, joy, life, and death More ↗ Don’t accept [the] premise that choices about life and death should be based on the presence …

2014-09-13: “Introducing a phone-shaped block that does nothing” More ↗

2014-09-11: “Theologically edited java jacket quotes” More ↗

2014-09-02: “we tell ourselves… we are entitled to know anything we want, as quickly as we want to know it” we tell ourselves… we are entitled to know anything we want, as quickly as we want to know it”

2014-08-25: “The fact that God lays a burden of prayer and keeps us praying is the prima facie evidence that He purposes to grant the answer” The fact that God lays a burden of prayer and keeps us praying is the prima facie evidence that He …

2014-08-23: “God didn’t promise that we would never go into the valley of the shadow of death.What he did promise is that he would go with us” God didn’t promise that we would never go into the valley of the shadow of death.What he did promise …

2014-08-20: “This I know, that God is for me.” This I know, that God is for me.” –David Psalm 56:9

2014-08-19: “Morality is not Christianity” More ↗ –D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Here is an excellent podcast of Lloyd-Jones’ sermons.

2014-08-19: “The Holy Spirit has been given to apply the redemption that’s been purchased and worked out for us” More ↗ –D Martyn Lloyd-Jones

2014-08-15: Understanding the new sexual morality is necessary to effectively and winsomely counter it More ↗

2014-08-14: The god of open options More ↗ Making choices and moving on with our lives seems increasingly difficult. We find ourselves …

2014-08-14: “How did Christ love the church? Self-sacrificially for her good” More ↗ DA Carson on Ephesians 5-6.

2014-08-13: Losing Iraq More ↗ Sobering documentary reporting.

2014-08-12: On manliness and maturity More ↗ R. Kent Hughes on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27: No manliness no maturity! No discipline no …

2014-08-11: God loves the city God loves the city It’s estimated that four million people a month are moving into the great global …

2014-08-11: The Chicago Neighborhoods Project: A brand for every neighborhood More ↗ Cool project. Sadly, my neighborhood is missing.

2014-08-11: “Why missionaries put their lives on the line” More ↗ Daniel Burke and Ashley Fantz for CNN: It wasn’t as if God’s voice boomed through sun-parted …

2014-08-11: ”ISIS’ violent overthrow of “Iraq’s largest Christian city” ”More ↗ One of the world’s oldest Christian communities.

2014-08-11: ”You may have forgotten, but an entire generation exists in between the Baby Boomers and Millennials” ”You may have forgotten, but an entire generation exists in between the Baby Boomers and …

2014-08-05: The startup that plans to solve the problem of high fees taking dollars from the working poor More ↗

2014-08-03: What Facebook makes us What Facebook makes us Facebook doesn’t make us better people. It only makes us more efficient — for …

2014-08-03: “The most debilitating form of clutter is organisational complexity” More ↗

2014-08-03: “this expanded downtown is adding residents faster than any other urban core in America” this expanded downtown is adding residents faster than any other urban core in America”

2014-07-31: The Parable of the Lawn Mower More ↗ Your works have indeed preached” something. But it isn’t the gospel.

2014-07-31: Two questions that may help your church’s ministry More ↗ Kevin DeYoung: I’m no management consultant, leadership expert, or church growth guru. But if …

2014-07-29: “Reading is a bridge to thought” More ↗

2014-07-27: “There’s no difference between a brand and your best friend” More ↗ Exceptional Frontline documentary, Generation Like. (And a kind of spiritual successor” to …

2014-07-26: “Humility [is] the place of entire dependence on God” Humility [is] the place of entire dependence on God” –AndrewMurray

2014-07-25: “Grace be to all who love Jesus Christ with love incorruptible” Grace be to all who love Jesus Christ with love incorruptible” –Ephesians 6:24

2014-07-24: “No crecemos en la fe por ‘creer en más cosas’, sino por confiar en la mano de Dios y en Su Palabra” More ↗

2014-07-22: “Reading Scripture and preaching Christ should give him as much credit as possible for ‘so great a salvation’” More ↗

2014-07-19: Talking to kids about porn More ↗ Rather than think, How long can I put off the sex talk? ask, How soon can I begin to equip my …

2014-07-15: “Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me” Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me” –Psalm 119:175

2014-07-14: “Far be it from me to boast — except in the cross of Christ” Far be it from me to boast — except in the cross of Christ” –Paul in Galatians 6:14

2014-07-14: “the biggest deal in sports licensing history” the biggest deal in sports licensing history” And, no, it’s not LeBron.

2014-07-10: “Big Theology for Little Kids” More ↗

2014-07-10: “How can we conform to the image of a God we have not beheld?” More ↗

2014-07-06: San Francisco and the church San Francisco and the church Nick Parsons: San Francisco is known for many things. It is Redemption …

2014-07-06: To: My Fellow Zillionaires More ↗ Nick Hanauer in Politico: You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, …

2014-07-05: #4thofJuly weekend would be so much better with #USA playing #WorldCup #4thofJuly weekend would be so much better with #USA playing #WorldCup

2014-07-04: Buzzfeed and death More ↗ NYT: Sometimes I forget that I’m going to die someday, and then BuzzFeed reminds me.

2014-07-04: “without a cellphone, a book, or a television screen to stare at, the assignment quickly became too much to handle” without a cellphone, a book, or a television screen to stare at, the assignment quickly became too …

2014-07-01: Why would God care who I sleep with? More ↗ As long as God offers a relationship with his son to anyone, he’s not anti-them.”

2014-06-28: Sabbath rest More ↗ Sabbath is to Cease the constant consumption of ideas and information and products and simply …

2014-06-23: “22 men run a combined 154 miles in a mere 90 minutes” 22 men run a combined 154 miles in a mere 90 minutes” WorldCup

2014-06-23: “we are nothing more than a few grains of sand in a majestic divine plan… that somehow by grace includes us” we are nothing more than a few grains of sand in a majestic divine plan… that somehow by grace …

2014-06-19: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” –Jesus of Nazareth, John 14:18

2014-06-18: “Plead my cause and redeem me.” Plead my cause and redeem me.” –Psalm 119:154

2014-06-15: The football: 1930-2014 More ↗

2014-06-12: “Some demand signs; others seek wisdom. But we preach Christ crucified: The power and wisdom of God.” Some demand signs; others seek wisdom. But we preach Christ crucified: The power and wisdom of God.” …

2014-06-04: Quantifying Gangnam Style More ↗ 2 billion views = more than 16,000 years

2014-05-13: “The human heart is an idol factory.” The human heart is an idol factory.” –John Calvin

2014-05-10: “If there were bad guys in this town, I would definitely fight them.” If there were bad guys in this town, I would definitely fight them.” -Elijah, age 4

2014-05-01: Helpful info graphic about the Hobby Lobby case More ↗ As an aside, perhaps no other current event’s coverage better illustrates the present …

2014-05-01: The Song of Moses More ↗ The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. –Moses in Deuteronomy 32:4

2014-04-20: “Jesus is who died — more than that, who was raised — who is withGod, who is interceding for us. Who, then, can separate us from his love?” Jesus is who died — more than that, who was raised — who is withGod, who is interceding for us. Who, …

2014-04-06: Preparing for Sunday on purpose More ↗ Through Jesus, we can boldly come and receive (Hebrews 10:19–22), but confidence does not …

2014-04-06: “I am not in charge. I am not the purpose of my life. I will not find the ‘true’ me. I cannot create a better me” More ↗

2014-04-02: “Look there’s a mouse! If you listen hard enough you can see it.” Look there’s a mouse! If you listen hard enough you can see it.” –overheard from a really tired kid …

2014-04-01: Noah (the movie, not the person) Noah (the movie, not the person) If you value emotive story-telling with anachronistic eco-friendly …

2014-03-22: Sin’s multidimensionality More ↗ But even when you can get people to talk about it, usually the focus lies on horizontal …

2014-03-15: “Don’t waste your time trying to believe in yourself.” More ↗ –Chris Travis

2014-03-15: “No other person, not even in my imagination, has ever loved me like he has.” More ↗

2014-03-14: A democrat congressman’s take on the #ACA’s contraception/abortifacient mandate More ↗

2014-03-12: 31 days of purity 31 days of purity Challies’ invitation to the challenge: This is a holy day. Therefore let it be a …

2014-03-08: Celebrity and the pastorate More ↗ Celebrity is actually a creation of a community of people who sustain the illusion of an …

2014-03-08: “Let me hear your loving kindness in the morning, for in you I trust; let me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul” Let me hear your loving kindness in the morning, for in you I trust; let me know the way I should …

2014-03-08: “Not an isolated instance of missionary awesomeness” More ↗ Derek Rishmawy: Awash in the realization that the history of Christian missions has included …

2014-03-05: “Do not allow me success that exceeds my sanctification” More ↗

2014-03-05: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand …

2014-03-04: Five passages in the gospels where Jesus is friend of sinners More ↗ Kevin DeYoung: If we are to celebrate that the Lord Jesus is a glorious friend of sinners—and …

2014-03-04: The Economist’s biennial city cost-of-living index More ↗

2014-03-04: “Dayuma, First Convert from Tribe that Martyred ‘Gates of Splendor’ Missionaries, Dies.” More ↗

2014-02-26: What government can really do and not do What government can really do and not do Financial Times: When the state inevitably falls short, …

2014-02-25: CDC data on abortions More ↗ Overall rate down; rate among minorities up. Tables at the end of the document.

2014-02-25: “He rescued me, because he delighted in me.” He rescued me, because he delighted in me.” 2 Samuel 22:20

2014-02-25: “This God—his way is perfect; his word proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” This God—his way is perfect; his word proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in …

2014-02-23: “His dramatic capture ended a 12-year manhunt” More ↗

2014-02-22: “We evangelicals need a loftier ecclesiology” More ↗ When a Christian leader goes wrong, often it was their ecclesiology that went wrong first.

2014-02-19: How you become you More ↗ Victory over sin comes in two forms: Liberty from it and humility regarding its stronghold.

2014-02-18: “The Bible is not about the best people making it up to God; it’s about God making it down to the worst people.” More ↗

2014-02-17: “The irresistible appeal of the romantic ideal” More ↗ Why celebrate romance? Simon May in the FT: The answer lies in the unique promise of romantic …

2014-02-15: “Spending on you: Waste. On me: An investment in the future” More ↗

2014-02-03: Goodnight Pachuca. Goodnight Pachuca. Christian missions is a long-labored hello” and a heart-wrenching goodbye.” …

2014-01-29: “Seaworthy Soul” More ↗ Bert Crabbe in Christianity Today: The principle is this: We work for six days, and we trust …

2014-01-27: [Christian theology] “cannot be content with philosophies that deed a playing field to religion provided that it keeps in bounds…” [Christian theology] cannot be content with philosophies that deed a playing field to religion …

2014-01-17: A New Generation and abortion A New Generation and abortion This isn’t politics; this is the church’s social witness that …

2014-01-09: “the wealth of the richest 50 in the US Congress is $1.6B; it’s $95B for the richest 50 in China’s Congress” the wealth of the richest 50 in the More ↗

2014-01-05: 2013 Year in photos 2013 Year in photos Great to pray through.

2014-01-03: “you are a slave to what you obey” you are a slave to what you obey” –Romans 6:16

2014-01-01: “A New Year’s Plea: Plan!” More ↗

2013-12-31: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” –Romans 12:12

2013-12-28: Oxford digitizes one of the few remaining original Gutenberg Bibles More ↗

2013-12-28: “Men who do not know God must always lurch and wobble.” Men who do not know God must always lurch and wobble.” —Douglas Wilson

2013-12-24: The Big Mac Index More ↗ The Big Mac index was invented by The Economist in 1986 as a lighthearted guide to whether …

2013-12-21: The end of a 75-year oil monopoly More ↗

2013-12-14: “Our desire is that kids not only know all the Bible stories, but know the Bible story” More ↗

2013-12-14: “Whenever God calls people out of darkness he calls them into the church” More ↗

2013-12-13: Screenshot: More evidence of the Internet getting dumber Screenshot: More evidence of the Internet getting dumber From a real article in Slate:

2013-12-12: “The country faces a crisis of mutual resentment, masquerading as a general collapse in national morale…” More ↗

2013-12-11: Smart Cities Debate on the Economist More ↗ Sponsored by Harvard Business School.

2013-12-09: All cultures need the Gospel More ↗

2013-12-07: “Christ is the end of ‘righteousness by law’ for anyone who believes” Christ is the end of‘righteousness by law’ for anyone who believes” –Romans 10:4

2013-12-03: Amazon Prime Air More ↗ Packages to your doorstep in 30 minutes or less, courtesy of drones.

2013-12-03: Women and men are just the same, except for all of their differences More ↗ The Atlantic: Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to …

2013-11-26: “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants …

2013-11-11: Sayers on work More ↗ What is the Christian understanding of work?…[It] is that work is not, primarily, a thing one …

2013-11-01: Children featured in dystopias More ↗ Serious business, in more ways than one

2013-11-01: Danger of the Single Story More ↗ The problem with stereotypes isn’t that they’re untrue, but that they’re incomplete; one …

2013-10-31: “The NSA has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect global Google data centers” More ↗

2013-10-30: “In the world you will experience suffering. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” In the world you will experience suffering. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33

2013-10-30: “The most significant change in Mexico’s economic policy in 100 years.” More ↗ [Mexico’s] congress will by the end of this year almost certainly pass a constitutional …

2013-10-28: Q: How many Kindles would it take to bring down a Boeing? More ↗ A: Millions…packed into each meter of the plane.”

2013-10-27: “The greatest single secret of evangelistic or missionary effectiveness is the willingness to suffer and die” The greatest single secret of evangelistic or missionary effectiveness is the willingness to suffer …

2013-10-25: “Gospel fruit (addressing felt needs) should not be confused with gospel root — the substitutionary death of Christ.” Gospel fruit (addressing felt needs) should not be confused with gospel root — the substitutionary …

2013-10-22: “God is his own interpreter.” God is his own interpreter.” —Dr. Robert Smith Jr on John 1:18

2013-10-22: “In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be …

2013-10-22: “In God’s mind, Christ was crucified before Adam failed. Calvary is Plan A.” In God’s mind, Christ was crucified before Adam failed. Calvary is Plan A.” Dr. Robert Smith Jr

2013-10-22: “I’m not for socializing the gospel. I’m for gospelizing the social.” I’m not for socializing the gospel. I’m for gospelizing the social.” –Dr. Robert Smith Jr

2013-10-22: “You have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before you in the light of life.” You have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before you in the …

2013-10-22: “before we had done anything, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself” before we had done anything, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself” –2 Corinthians 5:19

2013-10-21: “It is the political equivalent of the Somme: Great damage has been done, but barely any ground gained.” It is the political equivalent of the Somme: Great damage has been done, but barely any ground …

2013-10-16: “Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the …

2013-10-16: “The basic point is this: I, like many young evangelicals, don’t need more worldliness. I need less.” More ↗ Christianity Today: Christians have long had an uneasy relationship with culture. We like …

2013-10-10: “Father, thank you that the Gospel can change anyone” Father, thank you that the Gospel can change anyone” —prayer of Timothy Keller at Movement Day

2013-10-10: “Only 1% of Christians share their faith. We choose to see the 99% upside potential of that stat” Only 1% of Christians share their faith. We choose to see the 99% upside potential of that stat” …

2013-10-10: “We must serve our communities. And we must verbalize the Gospel as we serve” We must serve our communities. And we must verbalize the Gospel as we serve” —Luis Palau

2013-10-10: “Whenever you liberate oppressed people someone loses money” Whenever you liberate oppressed people someone loses money” –Timothy Keller on Acts 16

2013-10-04: “But in my heart I know that my vindicator lives, and that he will rise last to speak in court” But in my heart I know that my vindicator lives, and that he will rise last to speak in court” –John …

2013-10-04: “Lord, I acknowledge that every moment I would be stumbling if you were not upholding me.” Lord, I acknowledge that every moment I would be stumbling if you were not upholding me.” —prayer of …

2013-10-02: “Why is it called the ‘Death Star’? I thought it was gonna be a star. That’s not a star. Looks more like the ‘Death Moon’ to me.” Why is it called the‘Death Star’? I thought it was gonna be a star. That’s not a star. Looks more …

2013-09-20: “sabotaging such codes is akin to a government secretly commanding lockmakers to make their products easier to pick” sabotaging such codes is akin to a government secretly commanding lockmakers to make their products …

2013-09-18: From one millennial to another… More ↗ Tim Urban in Huffington Post on unhappiness of Gen Y (millennials): It’s pretty …

2013-09-18: Info-blitzkrieg More ↗ The info-blitzkrieg has spawned a… newly minted condition:‘continuous partial attention.’”

2013-09-18: “What great culture doesn’t love to eat, and isn’t proud of their food?” More ↗ Anthony Bourdain on Fareed Zakaria GPS

2013-09-16: 204 apply. 32 qualify. 204 apply. 32 qualify. I love the World Cup.

2013-09-11: “What shall separate us from the love of Christ?” More ↗ John Piper on Christians and 9/11 (emphasis mine): And what makes this text so relevant near …

2013-09-09: Awenderniful Awenderniful Just learned a new word while grading papers: Awenderniful” 100 points to anyone who …

2013-09-09: So which is it? A street or a road? So which is it? A street or a road?

2013-09-07: Latin Americans spend twice as much time tweeting as the rest of the world More ↗

2013-09-01: “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely… He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely… He who calls you is faithful; he will …

2013-08-25: Necessary reading for anyone wanting to know more about Missouri and Don James’ successful Husky teams More ↗ Barnes Hollow is an amalgamation of beauty, wildlife and can usually tell you that is …

2013-08-17: Using Facebook makes you miserable More ↗ Dr Kross and Dr Verduyn therefore conclude that, rather than enhancing well-being, Facebook …

2013-08-14: “Let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains…” Let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the …

2013-08-10: On the difficulty of conciseness More ↗ Blaise Pascal: I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it …

2013-08-09: The $330,000.00 hamburger More ↗

2013-08-01: US Soccer is winning More ↗ Currently, the USMNT is on an 11-game winning streak — the longest ever.

2013-07-29: “You have put more joy in my heart, oh Lord, than they have when their grain and wine abound.” You have put more joy in my heart, oh Lord, than they have when their grain and wine abound.” –Psalm …

2013-07-08: “There are more possible chess games than there are atoms in the universe.” There are more possible chess games than there are atoms in the universe.” –Rasskin-Gutman

2013-06-28: “I wonder why they call it ‘sound asleep.’ Shouldn’t it be ‘quiet asleep’?” I wonder why they call it‘sound asleep.’ Shouldn’t it be‘quiet asleep’?” -Isabella, age 9

2013-06-28: “One time I woke up in the night, and my sister was wide asleep.” One time I woke up in the night, and my sister was wide asleep.” -Olivia, age 6

2013-06-26: “The past 20 years have seen a massive redistribution of economic power to the emerging world.” More ↗

2013-06-26: “There are but two dwellings: Earth’s flimsy tent and heaven’s unassailable stronghold. One may be destroyed; the other endures forever.” There are but two dwellings: Earth’s flimsy tent and heaven’s unassailable stronghold. One may be …

2013-06-24: “Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” …

2013-06-22: “the F.A.A. is on the verge of acknowledging what the public has suspected for years—that their rules are arbitrary” the F.A.A. is on the verge of acknowledging what the public has suspected for years—that their rules …

2013-06-19: The American City More ↗ via FT: For the first time in 90 years, America’s cities registered higher population growth …

2013-06-19: The problem with the secret security apparatus More ↗ The government is promising that the secret police won’t put innocent people in the secret …

2013-06-18: Mexico City hit by earthquake More ↗ The metropolis shook like the adipose belly of an overweight luchador.

2013-06-18: “La Biblia no es un testigo de la mejor clase de gente logrando llegar a Dios…” More ↗

2013-06-16: “Narcissists ‘like’ Facebook and Twitter” More ↗

2013-06-14: “if this book was really going to touch lives, it was going to have to be transparent [about] Melissa’s death” if this book was really going to touch lives, it was going to have to be transparent [about] …

2013-06-13: “Faith is the best way for humans to express love for God.” Faith is the best way for humans to express love for God.” –Philip Yancey

2013-06-13: “We know that only in the darkness do we discover the beauty of God’s grace” More ↗

2013-06-09: The surveillance state More ↗ The tip of the iceberg was the leak of a top-secret order issued in April by a FISA …

2013-06-09: “Having your kid in the bed is like trying to sleep next to a goat with a fever in a laundry bag on a turntable.” Having your kid in the bed is like trying to sleep next to a goat with a fever in a laundry bag on a …

2013-06-09: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory” Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory” –Psalm 115:1

2013-06-08: “the American public [has] no idea that the executive branch is now exercising this power” the American public [has] no idea that the executive branch is now exercising this power” NYT …

2013-06-07: “Chewbacca hasn’t aged a day. Must be a Wookiee thing.” Chewbacca hasn’t aged a day. Must be a Wookiee thing.” –Logan Greer

2013-06-06: Jailtime for painting a crosswalk More ↗

2013-06-05: “aun si esto implica una crítica social, penalidades financieras, o persecución criminal.” aun si esto implica una crítica social, penalidades financieras, o persecución criminal.”

2013-06-04: “Row row row your boat, gently down the stream, merry mery mary Mary Poppins.” ♫ Row row row your boat, gently down the stream, merry mery mary Mary Poppins.” ♫ —Elijah, age 3

2013-06-03: Learning from the Global South More ↗ Cultures which are far removed from biblical culture risk reading the Bible as fiction.” …

2013-06-03: “Here we have no lasting city. We seek the city that is to come.” Here we have no lasting city. We seek the city that is to come.” –Hebrews 13:14

2013-05-28: How screens are taking our holiday More ↗ It’s like an arms race. Everything is an emergency… We can’t keep going on like this.

2013-05-25: Advice on swimming with sharks More ↗ Don’t swim at night, over a deep sea trench, while being lit from above by boat-based …

2013-05-24: “The most international city in the U.S.” More ↗ Of course, it depends on how you measure: raw number of ethnicities or languages, percentage …

2013-05-23: “I always binge on media when I’m in America. But this time it feels different… It feels like it’s bingeing back.” More ↗ One of my favorite reads this year.

2013-05-20: “One of the most concrete meanings of grace is: ‘Now is the time to go on.’” More ↗ 3-minute Dallas Willard interview video.

2013-05-18: “The only reason these rules exist from the F.A.A. is because of agency inertia and paranoia.” More ↗ Nick Bilton’s persistent coverage of (er, against) the FAA has been excellent.

2013-05-17: “Bookkeeping through all eternity could never produce one farthing.” Bookkeeping through all eternity could never produce one farthing.” –CS Lewis

2013-05-15: “There is no purely secular domain of your life.” More ↗

2013-05-15: “With God we shall do valiantly.” With God we shall do valiantly.” –Psalm 108:13

2013-05-14: “People who speak thus are seeking a homeland… They desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.” People who speak thus are seeking a homeland… They desire a better country, that is, a heavenly …

2013-05-13: “40% of scientists believe in a personal God” 40% of scientists believe in a personal God” Francis Collins, lead scientist for the Human Genome …

2013-05-13: “It is astounding to look at the knife edge of improbability upon which our existence exists.” It is astounding to look at the knife edge of improbability upon which our existence exists.” – …

2013-05-12: “Rationalization is the homage paid by guilt to moral knowledge” More ↗ –Bud Budziszewski

2013-05-09: Remembering Dallas Willard More ↗ I think that, when I die, it might be some time until I know it. –Dallas Willard

2013-05-03: Do they hand out trophies for short-term missions? More ↗

2013-05-03: “The missional nature of Scripture is the basis for the Great Commandment and the Great Commission” More ↗

2013-04-27: Missionaries “must truly be bicultural or transcultural people, living in different worlds but not fully at home in any of them.” Missionaries must truly be bicultural or transcultural people, living in different worlds but not …

2013-04-27: “Normal” and “insane” More ↗ Paul Tripp: What the human community tends to see as normal isn’t normal at all. It’s a web …

2013-04-27: “The fact that we can look at sex-and-money sin and feel comfortable with reliance on human intervention is insane.” The fact that we can look at sex-and-money sin and feel comfortable with reliance on human …

2013-04-26: “Mexico City has emerged as an unlikely environmental example for cities in developing countries” More ↗

2013-04-25: “Keep hold of instruction; do not let her go; guard her, for she is your life.” Keep hold of instruction; do not let her go; guard her, for she is your life.” –Proverbs 4:13

2013-04-25: ”Of critical importance to American success in this last century has been a tremendous influx of global talent” ”Of critical importance to American success in this last century has been a tremendous influx of …

2013-04-22: “Latino evangelicals are one of the fastest growing segments of America’s churchgoing millions” More ↗

2013-04-19: “…nobility depends on the pursuit of greatness over profit…” …nobility depends on the pursuit of greatness over profit…”

2013-04-18: “Journalist blows whistle on the brutal bias in newsrooms” Journalist blows whistle on the brutal bias in newsrooms” Part 1:. http://t.co/5vdAt4wYqt Part 2:. …

2013-04-11: “Love is a commitment of the will to the true good of the other person” More ↗

2013-04-07: Immigration follows opportunity… More ↗ …even to the global south. More than any other factor, immigration is motivated simply by …

2013-04-06: Thoughts on the gay marriage debate More ↗ Kevin DeYoung on TGC: There is nothing in the modern world quite so intolerant as tolerance.

2013-04-05: Atheist no more More ↗ The only reasonable course of action was to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus …

2013-04-03: Christianity Today ya está disponible en español More ↗

2013-04-03: “Post-birth abortion” More ↗

2013-03-31: “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” –1 Corinthians 15:26

2013-03-31: “how can it be true that we have no fig leaf of private life remaining but we hunger for yet more reality?” how can it be true that we have no fig leaf of private life remaining but we hunger for yet more …

2013-03-27: Texas in 1 minute Texas in 1 minute

2013-03-26: “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do I not fill heaven and earth?” Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do I not fill heaven and earth?” …

2013-03-26: “It may be the greatest home-field advantage in sports history.” More ↗ It’s not the Cubs. Or the Packers.

2013-03-18: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart…” Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my …

2013-03-15: Witnessing papal history changes with digital age More ↗

2013-03-15: “I’m here to transform the country, not simply run it” “I’m here to transform the country, not simply run it”

2013-03-08: “And he said, ‘Behold, I am making a covenant. And you shall see my work, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.’” And he said,‘Behold, I am making a covenant. And you shall see my work, for it is an awesome thing …

2013-03-08: “I can carry a gun but not a pair of pliers.” I can carry a gun but not a pair of pliers.” I overheard this reply from a First Officer to a flight …

2013-02-28: “Ugh. The sun went down again” Ugh. The sun went down again” -Elijah, age 2

2013-02-27: “Flee from counterfeit gods.” Flee from counterfeit gods.” 1 Corintihians 10:14

2013-02-26: “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4

2013-02-25: “The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than of imagining a new primary colour.” The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than of imagining a new primary colour.” …

2013-02-23: Christians must think about how to speak truthfully and lovingly to a society that sees them as the moral outlaws More ↗

2013-02-23: Excelente recurso en español para cualquier Cristiano comprometido More ↗

2013-02-23: “Lecciones de la adversidad desde Ciudad Juárez” More ↗

2013-02-15: No Parking More ↗

2013-02-15: Pedophilia and normalization Pedophilia and normalization First, The Guardian article citing why pedophilia is ok. Next, counter …

2013-02-13: “I see no point in being the richest man in the cemetery.” I see no point in being the richest man in the cemetery.” –Peter Drucker

2013-02-13: “[Some] believe that ideas move mountains. But bulldozers move mountains; ideas show the bulldozers where to go work.” [Some] believe that ideas move mountains. But bulldozers move mountains; ideas show the bulldozers …

2013-02-12: Spiders raining from the sky. Thousands of them. More ↗

2013-02-07: “Who is this who comes…marching in the greatness of his strength? ‘It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.’” Who is this who comes…marching in the greatness of his strength?‘It is I, speaking in righteousness, …

2013-02-04: “You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married.” You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is …

2013-02-03: “You can do this ministry with God’s help - so give it your all. You can’t do this ministry without God’s help - so be at peace.” You can do this ministry with God’s help - so give it your all. You can’t do this ministry without …

2013-02-01: Gospel Coalition launches Spanish site More ↗

2013-02-01: The Internet and the soul More ↗

2013-02-01: Titletown More ↗ The Atlantic City Lab: Green Bay’s CLQ is a staggering 22, meaning the metro has won 22 times …

2013-02-01: “If leadership has a secret sauce, it may well be humility” More ↗

2013-01-30: “Fear not, little ones, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Fear not, little ones, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” –Luke 12:32

2013-01-24: Cocaine Inc. More ↗ Via NYT Magazine

2013-01-22: “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge…” Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your …

2013-01-21: “All food is weird until you try it.” All food is weird until you try it.” –Henry Spencer

2013-01-17: We often think of community as simply one more thing we have to follow in the rules… More ↗ Tim Keller on community”

2013-01-16: “the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment… but my salvation will be forever…” the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment… but my salvation will be …

2013-01-15: “God wants the world to overhear us worshiping him.” God wants the world to overhear us worshiping him.” – Tim Keller

2013-01-04: 30 years later, this sermon is just as applicable this New Year 30 years later, this sermon is just as applicable this New Year

2013-01-03: Six Marks of a Missional Church More ↗ Timothy Keller in Center Church. The church must confront society’s idols.The church must …

2013-01-02: “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other” I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other” –Isaiah 42:8

2013-01-01: “My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.” My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.” –Charles Wesley

2013-01-01: “Not a minor omission” More ↗ Yet from what are human beings to be rescued? Their sin, yes; the powers of darkness; yes. …

2012-12-28: Which way? More ↗ Never seen lighted arrows quite like these.

2012-12-22: “While Counterculturalists are often too afraid of exercising power in society, many Transformationalists are not afraid enough.” While Counterculturalists are often too afraid of exercising power in society, many …

2012-12-19: “Oh Lord, say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation!’” Oh Lord, say to my soul,‘I am your salvation!’” –Psalm 35:3

2012-12-18: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” –1 Corinthians 16:13

2012-12-17: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and …

2012-12-15: Confusion about hypocrisy More ↗

2012-12-12: Interesting (and intelligent) online debate about government and marriage More ↗

2012-12-12: “Sexy ’n’ Spiritual” More ↗ Sheesh.

2012-12-11: “Jesus was killed outside the city that was, to give us the city to come, and makes us light in the city that is.” More ↗

2012-12-07: EIU world city rankings More ↗

2012-12-06: Keller on thinking through church size; especially helpful for the church planter More ↗

2012-12-06: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness…” Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in …

2012-12-03: “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.” Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.” –Psalm 25:8

2012-12-02: New President of Mexico Takes Office More ↗

2012-12-02: “That man’s voice hurts my throat.” That man’s voice hurts my throat.” —Liv, age 6, while listening to Louis Armstrong

2012-11-30: “It is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as he promised he would. Be very careful, therefore, to love him foremost.” It is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as he promised he would. Be very careful, …

2012-11-27: “No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.” No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.” –Proverbs 21:30

2012-11-23: “He rescued me, because he delighted in me.” He rescued me, because he delighted in me.” –Psalm 18:19

2012-11-21: “I say to The Lord, ‘You are my King; I have no good apart from you.’” I say to The Lord,‘You are my King; I have no good apart from you.’” –Psalm 16:2

2012-11-16: “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” –Proverbs …

2012-11-12: Love and Wrath, the Bible, David and Job Love and Wrath, the Bible, David and Job What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man …

2012-11-10: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” – Mt5:4

2012-11-09: “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which …

2012-11-05: Do presidents really make a difference in the Pro-life/Pro-choice debate? More ↗

2012-11-05: Pray for “for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, Godly and dignified in every way.” Pray for for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, Godly and …

2012-11-01: 190 Internets 190 Internets

2012-11-01: The reversal: Immigration from the West to the Global South More ↗

2012-11-01: “Through Christ he poured out his Spirit on us richly, so that being justified by his grace we might become his heirs.” Through Christ he poured out his Spirit on us richly, so that being justified by his grace we might …

2012-10-30: Face to face vs. e-contact More ↗

2012-10-30: “If salvation is by grace, not merit, why should we think anyone is less likely to be a Christian?” More ↗

2012-10-29: “How to Buy Gold When Your Broke” More ↗ A Piper classic.

2012-10-28: Get ready: “Hello mothers, hello father” More ↗

2012-10-28: Morality of voting More ↗ The Economist: It is immoral to act on a maxim that we cannot imagine everyone else acting …

2012-10-28: “The Global Mexican” More ↗

2012-10-24: Gospel and Taxes More ↗ Colin Hanson quoting Mark Dever: Confusion over the gospel ensues when the church wields the …

2012-10-23: “He bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. He bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his …

2012-10-22: America needs to rethink its immigration policy More ↗

2012-10-21: “Honk if you had an affair with Taylor” More ↗

2012-10-20: “Gospel, culture, and mission: an interview with Tim Keller” Gospel, culture, and mission: an interview with Tim Keller” [In ministry,] a balance must be struck …

2012-10-18: Real-Talk Answers to the Presidential Debate Questions More ↗ via @TheAtlantic

2012-10-18: “A Guy Who Saw Lincoln Get Shot Was on a TV Show in 1956 That Is Now on YouTube.” More ↗ Crazy.

2012-10-18: “Let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who desires take the water of life and drink without any cost to him.” Let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who desires take the water of life and drink without …

2012-10-17: “He’ll wipe away every tear. And death, mourning, crying, and pain shall be no more, for the old things will have passed away.” He’ll wipe away every tear. And death, mourning, crying, and pain shall be no more, for the old …

2012-10-17: “I am coming soon.” I am coming soon.” I am coming soon. –Revelation 3:11 I am coming soon. –Revelation 22:7 I am coming …

2012-10-13: Another step closer to real-life Wall-E More ↗

2012-10-11: Once as you are More ↗ Our pleasure and our duty, Though opposite before; Since we have seen his beauty, Are joined …

2012-10-10: “My son, don’t you see that all that I have is yours? Now come, celebrate with me.” My son, don’t you see that all that I have is yours? Now come, celebrate with me.” –Luke 15:31-32

2012-10-10: “These tennis shoes are gonna grow outta me fast.” These tennis shoes are gonna grow outta me fast.” Liv, age 6

2012-10-09: Bella- “Will there be electricity in heaven? Bella- Will there be electricity in heaven?” Liv- No! In heaven God will be our electricity.” …

2012-10-09: “You open Your hand and satisfy the the desire of every living thing.” You open Your hand and satisfy the the desire of every living thing.” –Psalm 145:16

2012-10-03: “He has saved us and called us — not because of anything we have done, but because of His own purpose and grace” He has saved us and called us — not because of anything we have done, but because of His own purpose …

2012-09-30: “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.” Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.” –Proverbs …

2012-09-29: Doesn’t comprehending “insert the metal fitting into the buckle” preclude anyone who has no familiarity with a seatbelt? Doesn’t comprehending insert the metal fitting into the buckle” preclude anyone who has no …

2012-09-28: “Seeking your own glory is like eating too much honey. It makes you sick.” Seeking your own glory is like eating too much honey. It makes you sick.” –Proverbs 25:27 paraphrase

2012-09-24: “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” –Proverbs 24:10

2012-09-17: Competitiveness: The wealth of nations More ↗

2012-09-17: Most cogent definition of contextualization I’ve read to date Most cogent definition of contextualization I’ve read to date Timothy Keller: Contextualization is …

2012-09-17: Three baseline American cultural narratives: “God” (17-mid 18th century) “Nation” (mid 18-20th) “Self” (present) Three baseline American cultural narratives: God” (17-mid 18th century) Nation” (mid 18-20th) Self” …

2012-09-16: “We should not confuse populism with democracy” We should not confuse populism with democracy” –Brzezinski speaking on the Arab spring

2012-09-15: Subject of the Bible Subject of the Bible Tim Keller: There are, in the end, only two questions to ask as we read the …

2012-09-14: “Saving faith is never less than intellectual assent, but it is always more than that” Saving faith is never less than intellectual assent, but it is always more than that” – Tim Keller …

2012-09-13: “Our truth-allergic, experience-addicted populace wants transformation, without the loss of freedom and control associated with submission” Our truth-allergic, experience-addicted populace wants transformation, without the loss of freedom …

2012-09-12: “Most of our problems in life come from a lack of proper orientation to the gospel” More ↗

2012-09-11: “Because the gospel is endlessly rich, it can handle the burden of being the one main thing…” More ↗

2012-09-10: Campaign fact-checking More ↗

2012-09-10: “It is critical… to communicate the gospel clearly and strikingly More ↗

2012-09-09: “The Secret Race” More ↗

2012-09-08: From death to life… twice More ↗

2012-09-01: “He is my Rock! My Fortress! My Deliverer! My God! My Strength! My Refuge! My Shield! My Savior! My Stronghold! He is worthy.” He is my Rock! My Fortress! My Deliverer! My God! My Strength! My Refuge! My Shield! My Savior! My …

2012-08-28: “Cause me to hear your lovingkindness, for I trust in you. Cause me to know the way I should walk, for I lift up my soul to you.” Cause me to hear your lovingkindness, for I trust in you. Cause me to know the way I should walk, …

2012-08-27: Jesus’ desert temptations compared to the temptations facing the Church… More ↗

2012-08-24: Playing soccer on the world’s largest mosaic More ↗ So cool. More info.

2012-08-24: The Narco Tunnels of Nogales More ↗ like something out of a James Bond movie. Astounding.

2012-08-24: “The Little Paris of the Orient” More ↗ And other unlivable cities.

2012-08-23: “When you’re in college, do they teach you how to be a mom or a dad?” When you’re in college, do they teach you how to be a mom or a dad?” -Bella, age 9

2012-08-21: “Here’s why I’m writing these books.” More ↗ This series from Andrew Peterson has been a family favorite in our house.

2012-08-17: Incredible photography from another planet More ↗ There are countless horizons like this, horizons beyond our reckoning.

2012-08-16: The team that failed to qualify for the Olympics beats the team that took home the Gold More ↗

2012-08-14: Where does “maker culture” come from? More ↗ God is the Creator, and therefore we are creators. God is the Maker, and so we want to make …

2012-08-12: “They did a good job of picking music that matches their costumes.” They did a good job of picking music that matches their costumes.” -Bella, age 9, watching the …

2012-08-09: “Apart from its policemen and firemen, Sandy Springs has only seven full-time employees.” More ↗

2012-08-09: “Keeping first things first makes second things better.” Keeping first things first makes second things better.” –John Piper

2012-08-09: “Servanthood does not nullify leadership; it defines it.” Servanthood does not nullify leadership; it defines it.” –John Piper on Jesus washing his disciples’ …

2012-08-07: Mexico advances to the final football match More ↗

2012-08-07: NYT’s “every medalist ever” 4-part infographic and video series More ↗ Beautiful and information-rich.

2012-08-06: “Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God.” Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God.” …

2012-08-06: “There has never been a generation whose view of marriage is high enough. There has never been a generation whose view of marriage is high enough.” –John Piper on love and …

2012-07-30: “The transaction- Our sin was imputed to Christ; he was condemned. His righteousness was imputed to us; we are justified.” The transaction- Our sin was imputed to Christ; he was condemned. His righteousness was imputed to …

2012-07-24: “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” –Proverbs 18:13

2012-07-16: “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” …

2012-07-12: Making Sense of Scripture’s ‘Inconsistency’ More ↗

2012-07-10: Views of the flag in church services More ↗ Douglas Wilson: Elders should vote to remove the American flag from the sanctuary and should …

2012-07-10: “Mourning the loss of an American icon, and remembering why we all want to live in Mayberry…” More ↗

2012-07-08: “Legends became so by great suffering and great feats.” Legends became so by great suffering and great feats.” –Andrew Peterson

2012-07-06: Religion in Africa: Celebrity priests More ↗ Update July 25, 2016: As I’ve gotten to know Femi Osunnuyi and the gospel-centered church …

2012-07-06: “Christian hope turns the church into something far more profound than a club or an interest group.” More ↗

2012-07-05: A cogent overview of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare… More ↗

2012-07-05: FAQ on the contraception debate More ↗ Helpful article, although it still obscures the issue (in my opinion) by saying religious …

2012-07-03: “A pastor in awe of God” More ↗ Passion for ministry doesn’t come from how I am being received, but from the reality that I …

2012-07-03: “We’re telling Christians singles that it is permissible to start having sex, just as long as they don’t finish.” More ↗

2012-07-02: Immigration and a city’s greatness More ↗

2012-06-28: “For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it… My glory I will not give to another.” For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it… My glory I will not give to another.” Isaiah 48:11

2012-06-28: “Who is this who comes… marching in the greatness of his strength? ‘It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.’” Who is this who comes… marching in the greatness of his strength?‘It is I, speaking in …

2012-06-27: C.S. Lewis on male and female, Christ and church… More ↗

2012-06-25: If Mayors Ruled the World More ↗ The renowned political scientist Benjamin Barber has a provocative and compelling take on all …

2012-06-25: On marriage and the elusive finding “someone better…” More ↗

2012-06-25: “Only if we are very good at forgiving and very good at repenting can truth and love be kept together.” Only if we are very good at forgiving and very good at repenting can truth and love be kept …

2012-06-23: Are ministry ‘trellises’ a necessary evil? More ↗

2012-06-22: 30% of people born after 1980 feel anxiety if they don’t check Facebook every few minutes 30% of people born after 1980 feel anxiety if they don’t check Facebook every few minutes

2012-06-22: “To be God, to be like God, and to be miserable; these are the only three alternatives.” To be God, to be like God, and to be miserable; these are the only three alternatives.” –C.S. Lewis

2012-06-22: “we all… beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” we all… beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree …

2012-06-20: Lewis Smedes on the power of promising More ↗

2012-06-19: Viewing Immigration from the Low Places More ↗ Ministry leader speaks out on controversial law

2012-06-19: “Awkwardness is the biggest threat to evangelism for far too many of us” More ↗

2012-06-18: C.S. Lewis on protecting one’s heart More ↗

2012-06-18: Where did marriage come from? More ↗

2012-06-18: “The most painful, the most wonderful — this is the Biblical understanding marriage…” The most painful, the most wonderful — this is the Biblical understanding marriage…” –Tim Keller

2012-06-15: “Profiles from the Culture of Death…” More ↗

2012-06-14: Pray for Steve Saint, his family, and ITEC More ↗

2012-06-14: “The Juvenilization of American Chrstianity…” More ↗ Perhaps overstated, but still very interesting.

2012-06-11: “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all …

2012-06-10: Parenting and the hook-up culture More ↗ 43% of parents believe others have more influence on their kids about sex than they do. Only …

2012-06-01: Deterministic genetic science and fatalism More ↗

2012-05-24: The changing face of belief in Mexico More ↗

2012-05-24: “The idea that a Web site could deliver a more friendly, interconnected world is bogus.” More ↗

2012-05-24: “We live in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors and yet we have never been more accessible.” More ↗

2012-05-23: Outstanding thoughts on “authenticity…” More ↗

2012-05-23: “The brain is not a shoebox that ‘gets full,’ but is rather a muscle that expands its capacity with increased use” The brain is not a shoebox that‘gets full,’ but is rather a muscle that expands its capacity with …

2012-05-21: “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.” Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.” …

2012-05-20: “In the 180 years since Greece gained its independence, it’s been in financial default or restructuring for half that period” In the 180 years since Greece gained its independence, it’s been in financial default or …

2012-05-17: How to Teach Salvation: Three Mysteries More ↗

2012-05-17: “the churches most committed to owning businesses are the ones least likely to stand on their own two feet” the churches most committed to owning businesses are the ones least likely to stand on their own two …

2012-05-16: “America’s CEOs: Richly rewarded, regardless of performance” More ↗

2012-05-10: 2012 year of presidential elections in US and Mexico 2012 year of presidential elections in More ↗ How to pick a president: Why virtue trumps policy

2012-05-10: “Self-control, not merely efficient productivity, ought to be our objective” Self-control, not merely efficient productivity, ought to be our objective”

2012-05-07: Dear Pa Pa, Dear Pa Pa, I recently told one of your stories in a sermon here in our church in Mexico. You know …

2012-05-04: On youth, evangelicalism, politics, social issues, church, and policy in America… More ↗

2012-04-27: Mexican immigration: Low tide More ↗

2012-04-26: Mexico’s presidential election: The man to beat More ↗

2012-04-26: “Visa form weirdness in Mexico…” More ↗ This is so true.

2012-04-24: Robots write the news More ↗ Now that I’ve read this, I think I could take some pretty good guesses as some robe-generated …

2012-04-24: Thinking in a Foreign Language Makes Decisions More Rational More ↗ The power of words continues to astound me.

2012-04-24: “Senses of love and justice are activated together, not in opposition to each other” Senses of love and justice are activated together, not in opposition to each other” –Tim Keller in …

2012-04-23: 11 billionaires are worth 12.5% of Mexico’s economy 11 billionaires are worth 12.5% of Mexico’s economy The Billionaires’ Index, pg. 45.

2012-04-23: Photos and report of Popocatepetl More ↗ I snapped this when climbing Iztaccihuatl circa 2004. It’s looking back at Popo over some of …

2012-04-22: Mexico’s shifting religious demographic More ↗

2012-04-18: The 80s were so weird More ↗

2012-04-18: “The entire Bible pivots on one weekend in Jerusalem about two thousand years ago” More ↗

2012-04-17: “Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with …

2012-04-17: “O LORD, you have searched me and known me!” O LORD, you have searched me and known me!” –Psalm 139:1

2012-04-15: “Blessed be to God for the day of rest… wherein earthly things assume their true size. Ambition is stunted.” Blessed be to God for the day of rest… wherein earthly things assume their true size. Ambition is …

2012-04-15: “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along… Give yourselves regular checkups.” Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along… Give yourselves regular …

2012-04-08: “We were bought with a price.” We were bought with a price.” –1 Corinthians 6:20

2012-04-07: “He’s not here. He has risen, just as he said.” He’s not here. He has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:6

2012-04-04: Against Youth More ↗

2012-04-04: “Jesus didn’t have to die despite God’s love; he had to die because of God’s love.” Jesus didn’t have to die despite God’s love; he had to die because of God’s love.” –Tim Keller

2012-04-02: “And if trees and hills will be able to clap and dance in the future kingdom, picture what you and I will be able to do.” And if trees and hills will be able to clap and dance in the future kingdom, picture what you and I …

2012-03-28: The Best Way To Develop Leadership Skills- The Non-profit Board. The Best Way To Develop Leadership Skills- The Non-profit Board. http://t.co/hETK1ENY

2012-03-24: “Most people… know that they want… acutely something that cannot be had in this world” #CSLewis. Most people… know that they want… acutely something that cannot be had in this world” #CSLewis. …

2012-03-23: “Sometimes God seems to be killing us when he’s actually saving us. Sometimes God seems to be killing us when he’s actually saving us.” #Keller. http://t.co/RSWwualy

2012-03-22: Atheist ‘Flabbergasted’ by Outpouring of Christian Charity More ↗

2012-03-22: “Exhibit God’s character: Not his holiness without his love; that is harshness. Not his love without his holiness; that is compromise.” Exhibit God’s character: Not his holiness without his love; that is harshness. Not his love without …

2012-03-17: Hard Hits and Bounties in Football and Politics More ↗

2012-03-17: “Under blob rule, no human is in charge” More ↗

2012-03-14: “I love trapeze food” I love trapeze food” -Olivia, age 6, referring to Japanese food. (Sorta sounds like trapeze.”)

2012-03-12: Good thoughts on why and how we meet together as Christians More ↗

2012-03-07: Do I really love God? How much? More ↗

2012-03-07: Passport design, who knew? More ↗

2012-03-07: Patron-Client Missions More ↗

2012-03-07: “Awe at the human capacity for vice” Awe at the human capacity for vice”

2012-03-07: “Christians still do healthcare better than anyone” More ↗

2012-03-02: Linsanity and Jesus More ↗

2012-03-02: The Myths of Progress and Relevance More ↗

2012-02-24: Economics 101: Productivity Starts at Home More ↗ The principles here reminds, a bit, of this Wendell Berry piece.

2012-02-24: Pray for Youcef More ↗

2012-02-23: “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding…” Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding…” –Proverbs 14:29

2012-02-22: Well-articulated Biblical perspective on an age-old argument More ↗

2012-02-21: “It is in dying that we are born to eternal life” It is in dying that we are born to eternal life” –Francis of Assisi

2012-02-20: Carlos Slim: “Let Mexico’s moguls battle” More ↗

2012-02-20: Gospel Clarity for Mission Calling More ↗

2012-02-17: “Learning is remembering” Learning is remembering” –Socrates

2012-02-16: Evangelical leaders call for civil disobedience More ↗

2012-02-16: “Moral ambiguity is not moral innocence” More ↗ The Komen/Planned Parenthood fiasco.

2012-02-14: 5 Signs Waiting Has Weakened Your Faith 5 Signs Waiting Has Weakened Your Faith

2012-02-14: Sexual ethics and Christ and church More ↗ All of the Bible’s commands regarding sexual ethics tie back to the reality of Christ’s …

2012-02-09: Photo: Cell phones before and after the iPhone More ↗ It’s difficult to overstate the social, cultural, and technological impact of the iPhone.

2012-02-05: Economy and happiness More ↗ Interesting finds from a UK study.

2012-02-04: Immigrants founded half of top U.S. start-up companies More ↗ Doesn’t really align with that drain on society” trope.

2012-02-04: The Myth of Multitasking More ↗

2012-01-26: Best jam session ever More ↗ (Maybe I should say, best” jam session ever.)

2012-01-26: Is Hell the absence of God? More ↗ R.C. Sproul: those who are in hell desire nothing more than the absence of God. …

2012-01-25: The anti-TOMS shoe More ↗

2012-01-24: America, Asia, and Apple More ↗

2012-01-24: Intricate web of the global supply chain More ↗

2012-01-23: Feeding the ‘Hellenized Latinos’ More ↗ Love that term: hellenized latinos.”

2012-01-23: Is Christianity the New KGB? More ↗

2012-01-23: King Carlos I and Steve Jobs More ↗

2012-01-23: Moving Pro-Life Legislation Forward: The Need for Prudence and Civility More ↗

2012-01-23: “An aesthetic flaw in how the universe worked” More ↗ Apple had been more innovative, imaginative, elegant in execution, and brilliant in design. …

2012-01-16: The end of an era More ↗ Dublin Dr Pepper has been a Greer family favorite for generations. It’s sad to see it go, but …

2012-01-07: The “empowering aspect of naïveté” More ↗ Bill Atkinson on creating the Macintosh. Although I’ve found the Jobs bio disappointing (so …

2012-01-06: “A significant step towards full spatio-temporal cloaking” More ↗ Just missed the holiday gift-giving season.

2012-01-04: Eli Laughs More ↗ I don’t usually post family stuff here, but this is just too good.

2011-12-26: City building: Hong Kong in Honduras More ↗

2011-12-21: Mexico’s leaders tweet More ↗ Do Mexicans give a flying fajita what their representatives tweet or post to Facebook?

2011-12-21: Who Christians Are More ↗ You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). In other words, sharing Christ is more than something …

2011-12-16: Facebook Is Making Us Miserable More ↗ And the sun is hot.

2011-12-16: The empire strikes back More ↗ The party that ruled Mexico for 71 years is hoping to win power again.

2011-12-11: Everything you know about education is wrong More ↗ Overreaching headline, but good read.

2011-12-03: Thoughts on Celebrity and Christianity More ↗

2011-12-02: “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” –Luke …

2011-11-30: “The goal of Christian ministry is quite simple and measurable: Are we making genuine disciples of Jesus Christ?” The goal of Christian ministry is quite simple and measurable: Are we making genuine disciples of …

2011-11-26: Motivation matters in Gospel proclamation More ↗ C.f. 1 Corinthians 9:27 and Philippians 3:15-18.

2011-11-23: Jobs’s theory of decline applied to American politics More ↗

2011-11-23: “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.” As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and …

2011-11-23: “Only Christians who lived and argued together at the prodding of the Holy Spirit” More ↗ I love this concept.

2011-11-21: Homesick More ↗ Dietrich Bonhoeffer: No one has yet believed in God and the kingdom of God, no one has yet …

2011-11-19: To Be or Not to Be (Judeo-Christian) More ↗

2011-11-17: “Fewer Teens Are Having Sex These Days” More ↗ Note the reason why.

2011-11-15: Wasted Charity More ↗

2011-11-15: “A human being’s moral integrity begins when he is prepared to sacrifice his life for his convictions.” A human being’s moral integrity begins when he is prepared to sacrifice his life for his …

2011-11-15: “Some boast of chariots and horses, but we boast the Lord our God.” Some boast of chariots and horses, but we boast the Lord our God.” –Psalm 20:7

2011-11-14: Interesting Response to Gladwell’s article on Steve Jobs More ↗

2011-11-14: Is Your Congressman Trading on Inside Information? More ↗ Short answer: Probably.

2011-11-14: Why is China building these gigantic structures in the middle of the desert? More ↗

2011-11-13: Mexico sees a decline in support for democracy More ↗ I don’t personally have objective data to support this, but I do have a felt experience that …

2011-11-13: “The experiment taking place in Alabama makes no sense” More ↗

2011-11-12: Bonhoeffer on faith and hardship More ↗ When Jeremiah said, in his people’s hour of direst need, that houses and fields [and …

2011-11-12: Gospel-centered? More ↗ From Brandon Levering, my former grad school buddy (and across the hall neighbor).

2011-11-12: The Right Question: “What is the will of God?” More ↗

2011-11-12: “To renounce a full life and its real joys in order to avoid pain is neither Christian nor human.” To renounce a full life and its real joys in order to avoid pain is neither Christian nor human.” …

2011-11-10: Compassion in a World of Seven Billion More ↗

2011-11-10: “Despite all this, the American foreign missions force is still the largest in the world.” http://t.co/vIQzuFH7 More ↗

2011-11-09: The power of the “social graph” More ↗ Imagine the U.S. Census as conducted by direct marketers — that’s the social graph.

2011-11-09: The question is- Has technology made life better? More ↗

2011-11-09: “Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” — Benjamin Franklin

2011-11-05: Social uplift as a natural consequence of Christian discipleship More ↗

2011-10-30: Urban reality and urban ministry More ↗ Famously, in many struggling urban neighborhoods the only functioning institutions are …

2011-10-30: “Policymakers will always drive in the dark. However, they must stop pretending that they can see the road” More ↗

2011-10-28: Bonhoeffer on tragedy More ↗

2011-10-28: Bonhoeffer’s love letter More ↗

2011-10-28: Evil’s masquerade More ↗ The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts.

2011-10-28: More from Bonhoeffer to his fiancé More ↗

2011-10-28: Starr to Farve to Rodgers: A Lesson More ↗

2011-10-28: “Imagine if a bank paid you interest on your mortgage” More ↗

2011-10-27: Islamic televangelists More ↗

2011-10-27: “Missionary Money: Easier to Give, Worth Less than Ever” More ↗

2011-10-23: Occupy Wall Street in Global Context: Protests around the World of the past year More ↗ Looking beyond one’s immediate context usually provides perspective.

2011-10-21: Extensive data set: “Index of Economic Freedom” More ↗ Mexico ranks fairly well, with a couple of troubling exceptions.

2011-10-21: Stunning photo depicts urban contradiction More ↗

2011-10-20: Adversity and holiness More ↗

2011-10-20: F.F. Bruce on God’s discipline More ↗

2011-10-20: Mexico working to become an “Open Government” leader More ↗

2011-10-20: Mystery of Adversity More ↗

2011-10-19: Obama is not the Pharaoh More ↗ Lots of good stuff on Scriptorium Daily.

2011-10-19: The ‘Big Love’ Strategy More ↗

2011-10-19: Will the Poor Always Be with Us? More ↗

2011-10-15: Old newspaper clipping about a Allied officers in a POW camp in WWII More ↗

2011-10-14: Pressing on “…to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” Pressing on …to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” –Paul to …

2011-10-14: To Fix Inequality, You Would Need to Literally Occupy (and Destroy) Wall Street More ↗ Again, inequality” per se isn’t the problem, but the growing disparity between haves and …

2011-10-13: “Asking the justice system to reform itself was like tying up a dog with a string of sausages” More ↗

2011-10-13: “We’re just sticking a green smiley face on the same old corporate welfare” More ↗

2011-10-12: Apple’s 1987 Knowledge Navigator, Only One Month Late. More ↗

2011-10-07: No Messiah Running More ↗

2011-10-07: Projecting Poverty Where It Doesn’t Exist More ↗ I see this every time we host a short-term missions group.

2011-10-06: Most Americans Aren’t “Occupy Wall Street’s 99 Percent” More ↗

2011-10-06: The Great Boatlift More ↗ Narrated by Tom Hanks.

2011-10-06: “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” –Steve Jobs (Perhaps his …

2011-10-01: Abortion law in Mexico More ↗

2011-10-01: Five Necessary Shifts for “Missional” College Ministry More ↗ I added the quotation marks around missional,” just because it’s one of those …

2011-10-01: Good News: Jesus Is Not Nice More ↗

2011-10-01: Migrating violence in Mexico: herding cockroaches More ↗

2011-10-01: “Fear of what? Confiscation? Banishment? Torture? Death? Have you no other threat?” Fear of what? Confiscation? Banishment? Torture? Death? Have you no other threat?” -Basil of …

2011-10-01: “It’s too soon to celebrate and too soon to quit.” It’s too soon to celebrate and too soon to quit.” -Greg Livingstone Reminds me of David Bosch’s …

2011-09-30: God’s Will for Your Wait More ↗

2011-09-30: “Walking in the footsteps of pioneers requires not walking in their footsteps” Walking in the footsteps of pioneers requires not walking in their footsteps” –Micah Bournes

2011-09-28: “When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.” When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its …

2011-09-25: Crime in Mexico: The governor’s miraculous achievement More ↗

2011-09-25: Genghis Khan’s Urban Clan More ↗

2011-09-24: City Fines Couple for Hosting Bible Studies More ↗

2011-09-24: “Own the complexity of urban evangelism. Its not homogeneous, safe, or predictable” Own the complexity of urban evangelism. Its not homogeneous, safe, or predictable” –Tim Keller at …

2011-09-23: Holiness by obedience More ↗

2011-09-23: John Owen on “cheap grace” More ↗

2011-09-22: “Being shamed by nerds is a useful exercise” More ↗

2011-09-17: Free speech in Mexico More ↗ Be careful what you Tweet.

2011-09-17: Religion and Inequality Go Hand-in-Hand More ↗ Thought-provoking.

2011-09-17: The United States and Latin America: partnership, and its obstacles More ↗

2011-09-17: The futility of control; the reason to rest More ↗

2011-09-14: Forgiven and Born Again: Two Things at Once More ↗

2011-09-14: The King Jesus Gospel More ↗

2011-09-12: Obedience and Bible study More ↗ Reminds me of a study I read years ago (alas, I cannot find it) that followed several …

2011-09-07: The Post Office More ↗ It would take the combined talents of Steve Jobs, George Washington, and Thomas Edison to …

2011-09-01: Happy 250th birthday, William Carey More ↗

2011-09-01: ”Could it be that a whole lot of what we ministers do is driven by worry and not by faith?” ”Could it be that a whole lot of what we ministers do is driven by worry and not by faith?”

2011-08-30: ”How did you go bankrupt?” “Two ways,” he answered, “gradually and then suddenly.” -Ernest Hemingway ”How did you go bankrupt?” Two ways,” he answered, gradually and then suddenly.” -Ernest Hemingway

2009-07-01: Sometimes It Just Seems Good: Another Look at Missionary Call Sometimes It Just Seems Good: Another Look at Missionary Call In the year leading up to our decision …

2007-11-19: Visualizing the data from Hofstede’s “Cultures and Organizations” More ↗ After I finding myself continually wanting to be able to compare/contrast the data that I was …