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Unsuccessful Life & Ministry, pt. 1

Unsuccessful Life & Ministry, pt. 1

Last week, I posed a question about what success is in ministry.  This question is hugely important.  If we aren’t clear on what the goal is, we will miss it every time.  In my own reflections, I suspect that success in ministry (and in life) may feel like failure. In the garden of Eden we … Continue reading

In Kopplin’s Words

In Kopplin’s Words

In an age where many teens are concerned with paltry things, I am inspired by young people like Zack Kopplin and his incredible courage to articulate and defend his worldview.  His passionate advocacy and political/social engagement is unmatched in today’s culture by most adults, let alone teens.  Yet, I want to be clear that Zack … Continue reading

Les Miserables: Law, Grace, and Redemption

Les Miserables: Law, Grace, and Redemption

Disclaimer:  I have never read the book by Victor Hugo.  I write from the perspective of one who has only seen the 2012 film (though I have seen the musical).  Click here to view the trailer. How could a story called “the Miserable Ones” be so popular?  Les Miserables (originally a novel by Victor Hugo … Continue reading

Teen Sex in Memphis City Schools

Teen Sex in Memphis City Schools

This is a response to an editorial in the Memphis Newspaper Commercial Appeal entitled “Teens Are Listening” which appeared December 5th, 2012.  You can find that article here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/dec/05/editorial-teens-are-listening/ The recent editorial entitled “Teens Are Listening” celebrated the fact that unprotected sex is on the decline among students at MCS.  The article implicated “it will … Continue reading

Killers & Creators of Community

Killers & Creators of Community

Community doesn’t “just happen.” It takes time, intentionality, vulnerability and mutual commitment to develop.  Yet, there are sure fire ways to kill community and key values that can create or grow community and in this post I want to take a look at both.  Let’s start by looking at some ways you can kill community.  … Continue reading

The Value of Community

The Value of Community

Americans value individualism.  We love our freedom of self-expression, independence and fiercely defend our individual rights.  Dutch researcher Geert Hofstede developed what is known as the “cultural dimensions theory” which seeks to express the values of particular cultures.  On a scale from 1-120, America scored the highest in individualism with a 91.  So, what is … Continue reading

Glorious Ruin

Glorious Ruin

Life would be much easier if people were all good or all evil, wouldn’t it?  We could place people comfortably in one category or the other and respond to them accordingly.  In the wake of the controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong, I am reminded of just how messy people (all people; you and me included) truly … Continue reading