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Do I Want To Die?

I sat in the lounge of my college dorm with a dozen other guys. Our Thursday night tradition of pancakes had brought us together. This pancake night we had invited a theology professor to our floor for an evening of... Continue Reading →


Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

When Paul Kalanithi finished college he dreamed of becoming a writer. When Breath Becomes Air, his first and only work, remains incomplete. After a couple hundred pages, the narration of Paul Kalanithi ends before his story does. The epilogue, written by Paul's wife, picks up... Continue Reading →

Why You Should Start Listening To Podcasts in 2017

Five years ago I encountered podcasts for the first time. In order to keep my finances afloat in grad school, I landed a job as a pool cleaners. Soon I found myself alone with a bucket, pole, and brush for... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Ego Is The Enemy – Ryan Holiday

I just completed Ryan Holiday's latest work Ego Is The Enemy. For those unfamiliar with Holiday or writing, let me begin with a little background before reviewing this work (note: I have not read Holiday's other works, but I have... Continue Reading →

On Lighting and Volume in the Worship Service

Sometimes I walk into a church service and can't help but feel disappointed when the music starts. Dim go the lights. The first song kicks off with a loud beat or powerful guitar strum. The sound races to find every corner of... Continue Reading →

Neighborhood Theology

There are many ways to affect someones life in small ways. Send a handwritten note. Offer to buy lunch. Give your friend a lift to the airport. Each of those things is influential and meaningful in its own way. But,... Continue Reading →

Cultural Creation and Business

We often speak about “culture” in regards to things like music, art, or social media. Without a doubt those items leverage great influence on “the stuff and feel” of our world. But, what if we also included business in that... Continue Reading →

On Pessimism and Optimism about Humanity – Part 4

Part 4 of 4 (See: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) “Versus” creates conflict but “And” creates tension and music. The key in our approach to these tensious or conflicting ideas is grace. If grace were singular and uniform than we... Continue Reading →

On Pessimism and Optimism about Humanity – Part 3

(Part 3 of 4. See Part 1 and Part 2) Christians should hold to “and” more than “or”. These ideas stretch in tension together rather than fighting in conflict. In fact, the Bible appears to confirm “and” theology. Humans are capable of so... Continue Reading →

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