Category Archives: Culture

Talking to Strangers

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know. So much of this book was a revelation, especially in light of the seismic cultural shifts we’ve witnessed in the last … Continue reading

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That’s What I See

Two images have been seared in my mind these past few days. Both are scandalous, although for differing reasons. The image of George Floyd… …and the image of President Trump. The contrast between the two is stark. The image of … Continue reading

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What Breaks Your Heart?

What breaks your heart? I’ve been thinking about the things that get us really incensed, the sorts of things that outrage us. In my circles, I hear a lot of outrage over things like businesses requiring patrons to wear masks. … Continue reading

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The Coddling of the American Mind: A Review

I just finished reading a great book written by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt entitled The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. If you’re a Kindle reader, you … Continue reading

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Be Gracious: A Quarantine Prayer

Turn to me and be gracious to me… Psalm 86:16 Let’s face it: we’re spending a lot of time with our loved ones in close quarters these days. I’ve found myself saying this repeatedly over the past few weeks — … Continue reading

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The Hope That You Have

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect… 1 Peter 3:15 … Continue reading

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We Keep Hope Alive: Easter 2020

Dear Mayfair family, Bad news. It seems as if that’s all we hear these days. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 20,000 American lives — and we’re told the worst is still yet to come. For many of us, the … Continue reading

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Scarcity and the Abundance of God

I have a confession to make: I am really struggling with a scarcity mindset right now. A few nights ago, I went out to the store to get some bread. When I got there, this is what I found:  I’ve … Continue reading

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The Antidote to Contempt: Thoughts on the National Prayer Breakfast

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering in Washington D.C. hosted by members of Congress. It was a wonderful experience and I was grateful to receive the invitation. I was especially … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Creates, Part 3

We’ve been talking about the biblical truth that God is our Creator. But the biblical story points to a force that works against God’s purposes in creation. It’s a force that undoes the good of God’s original creation. In this … Continue reading

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