A Beginners Guide to C.E.R.N.

March 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm

          “I think we have it. You agree?”           The words were declared by CERN Director General Rolf Heuer to a packed room of scientists eager for results, scientists who are busily searching for the beginning of it all; scientists who are […]

#WithDad & #WithoutDad: Part 1

February 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm

“If my dad walked through your office door right now, I would punch him in the face.”       This was the confession of a man in his early twenties who sat on the couch across from me while tears drenched the front of his sweatshirt. He came to talk […]

What the Church can learn from Serial

December 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm

     In its introductory season on air the Serial podcast has become one of the most popular podcasts in the world, surpassing even the long-time champion This American Life, which is produced by Serial host, Sarah Koenig. If you are not currently among the over one million weekly listeners […]

Pastoral Lessons from Banksy

October 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Be very careful what you wish for.        In the world of pastoral ministry (especially the evangelical variety) what seems to be wished for with an increasing frequency is fame. Despite the fact that it is often shrouded in more spiritual terms like “influence” or “maximizing capacity,” there […]

Yik-Yak and the Christian Community

October 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm

  The following is a guest post by my friend and colleague, Dr. Don Shepson. Don is the Chair of the Ministry and Leadership Department at Toccoa Falls College and an ordained Priest in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA).     Recently I have been thinking a great […]

Lessons from Chris M. Blow

September 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Charles M. Blow shared a bold piece of literature this week in a New York Times op-ed. The article drew from Blow’s new memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones in which he processes the weighty issues of his past and present including sexual abuse, the bonds of family, stereotypes, […]

Out of the Furnace

May 14, 2014 at 3:44 am

The credits are still rolling on the screen in front of me and Eddie Vedder is belting out refrains of “Release Me.” For the past two hours I have been lost in a world of drugs, underground fighting, and the deepest tests of the thickness of blood and brotherhood. Scott […]

Loving Our Neighbors: Borderland Review

April 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I once traveled south of Texas to a small border town in Mexico called Reynosa. Along with a handful of other high school students, I spent the week building a small, makeshift shelter for a family and playing soccer with the children of the village in yards of dust and […]

The Televised Revolution: Creation vs. Evolution

February 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I suspect that few people were actually glued to their TV sets on Tuesday night when Bill Nye and Ken Ham took the stage to debate the viability of Creationism. In fact, I would suspect that more people took notice of the hype leading up to the event than the […]

How Hipsters Became More Powerful than the Gates of Hell

August 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:1   Scene 1: I am on staff at a Presbyterian church that follows a formal Presbyterian liturgy. I am taking a respite […]