Category Archives: Christ & Culture

Past History, Future Presence: Recovering from the Insanity of Divorce

“Is there anyone with whom a past history of personal presence and kindness secures a future personal presence?” Continue reading

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Judging, Loneliness, & the Recovery of Community – Pt. 2

“both of these judgments invite us to acknowledge that we need a solution to the loss of community that utterly transcends what we can do on our own” Continue reading

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Judging, Loneliness, & the Recovery of Community

“To belong is a vital need based on the spiritual nature of the human being. Contempt spits on this pathetically deep need. And, like anger, contempt does not have to be acted out in special ways to be evil.” -Dallas Willard Continue reading

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Group-Think, The Precarious Power of Protest, and Owning Your Own Skepticism – Pt. 2

“Listening with patient integrity to both sides of an argument can cause acute mental pain. For it involves the interiorizing of the debate until one not only grasps but feels the strength of both positions.” – John Stott Continue reading

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Group-Think, The Precarious Power of Protest, and Owning Your Own Skepticism – Pt. 1

“…the leader who is called out isn’t the only one who’s tempted with misusing power. Because public, passionate, and unexpected criticism is itself an exercise of power, the one who’s publicly exposing another can misuse their power as well. ” Continue reading

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Call Me…Huh?

Two questions: First: Why is it that when Rachel Dolezal identifies as trans-racial, I am supposed to applaud her resignation, but when someone else identifies as trans-gender, I’m supposed to applaud their transformation? … Second: To what extent is a man, woman, or person belonging to a particular gender or race a physical embodiment of their own gender or race’s historical sorrows, labors, loves, and sacrifices? Continue reading

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God at Church: Seven Gifts of a Good Conversation

“…the workplace isn’t the only context in which safe and healthy conversations should take place. In a very important sense, the church should be safe as well – even in the midst of disagreement. In my own experience, good conversations in the church don’t simply happen by accident. They require deliberate patience and care. ” Continue reading

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