Category Archives: Politics

Better Angels: Flag Day 2017

The lesson my kids learned today in D.C. — “As Americans, we don’t shoot one another over our political differences.” Today we were scheduled to tour the White House with Martha Brooks, the wife of our congressman, Mo Brooks. She … Continue reading

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When Hope and History Rhyme: A Christmas Eve Meditation

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“Peace on Earth” has been called U2’s most agnostic song. Recorded as part of the 2000 release, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, the song’s lyrics were inspired by the Real IRA Omagh…

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Best Books of 2016

Time for my annual list of best books I’ve read this year. (To access my previous “best books” lists, click here.) Each year I set out with a goal to read 52 books — one per week. Admittedly, that’s an … Continue reading

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A Quiet Season

It’s been a quite season here on the blog lately. Several reasons for that. First, I’ve been crazy busy: I’ve spent much of the past few weeks on the road. Three weeks ago, I was visiting some missionaries in Scotland. … Continue reading

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Public Faith in Action

I just finished an insightful book entitled Public Faith in Action: How to Think Carefully, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity by Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz. This volume is a companion piece to Volf’s 2011 work A Public Faith: How Followers … Continue reading

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The Power of Missional Conversation

  People who have been shaped by the Good News of Jesus have a responsibility to embody the Good News of Jesus. And one of simplest and yet most powerful ways we can embody the Good News is through our … Continue reading

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The Church as Public Witness

From Michael Goheen’s A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story: [The] witness of the early church was publicly subversive. The early church did not allow itself to be pushed into a private realm in some … Continue reading

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