[ 17 ] Links That Will Change Your Life

Co-founder of Twitter’s rule for success: do less. A foosball table made out of VHS tapes. Looks like there is still a use for them after all. Byron Borger’s Hearts and Mind Bookstore (one of the best around) releases their best books of 2012. Great list. Congratulations to my friend JR Woodward for making the…

USAToday: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground

This morning’s USAToday published a groundbreaking article on religion in America. The study is incredibly comprehensive (check out the charts, graphs, videos and interviews). These are interesting religious times in America. As I officiated a funeral yesterday, communicating hope and comfort to a roomful of people unacquainted with God, I was reminded of the peculiar…

Denise: an adventure of hope with brain cancer

Megan and I are friends with Jim and Denise Castle. Jim and Denise were a part of our ministry in Colorado and financially support us now with Renew. Denise, an older, compassionate, progressively-thinking follower of Jesus, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer on the last day of 2008. In the midst of…

Nintendo Wii: the icon of consumerism at its worst

I love the Wii, but this video is just plain unsettling. Prepare to be disturbed. After watching the video I found myself asking…-why am I repulsed by this video? Is it just me? Am I a scrooge? -what would children in other continents of the world think if they saw this video? -how will these…

The Most Significant Moments in 2008

In the last few posts I shared the Best of 2008, but in this post I want to reflect on the best personal moments of 2008. I'm incredibly grateful for all that has happened in the past year. What I remember more than events are moments – moments that were diverse, but extremely significant. Full…

Hanging Out with Sparky’s Flaw

  Last night my friend Kyle and I went down to The Fire, a music venue in the city, to hear an up and coming band called Sparky's Flaw. They're young guys with a great sound (and a memorable band name, for sure).  They sound a bit like Maroon 5 and Starsailor with a little…

Humility

Writing is hard. Having that writing published brings out some of the deepest insecurities. Writing makes you humble. I thought the worst thing as an author would be to one day see one of my books in the bargain bin at the local bookstore or for sale at a thrift store. But I was wrong….

An interview on Al Jazeera

Last week my father was interviewed by a television network on the topic of the rising number of churches that are teaching people about finances in the midst of the economic downturn. Since that's what my father does at Willow Creek the media thought that would be a good fit. What made it interesting was…

A Workshop, A Plate of Cookies and Hanging Out with Mohammed

From time to time people ask me, "So, as a pastor what do you do all day long?" It's hard to answer that question sometimes because each day is different from the previous one. Pastors pray and study. We listen and counsel. We check emails and prepare. Sometimes the days can be disarmingly ordinary. But…