Monthly Archives: June 2014

Hobby Lobby and Christian conscience

In a 5-4 decision this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that family-owned companies cannot be required to provide insurance coverage for certain contraception methods. Justices ruled in favor of two corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, that argued that the Affordable … Continue reading

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World Cup holds up mirror to life

The collective yawn that usually greets the World Cup on these U.S. shores has given way to real live celebration and excitement. The shots of fans in Chicago hollering about shots in Manaus thrill the hearts of fütbol fans everywhere. You … Continue reading

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Every street; rainy day

Author Mark Sayers is one of today’s best cultural observers. In his new book, “Facing Leviathan,” he deconstructs our consumer / spectator culture and talks about the need for leaders to break free of it. The “society of spectacle” is … Continue reading

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Blogging from your mission trip

From our friend Bruce Herwig at Trinity Church in Redlands, Calif., here’s good advice on blogging from your short-term mission trip. And thanks, Bruce, for the plug for our book!

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A cup of narcissism to go, please

As I sipped my coffee the other morning, the earth-toned cup sleeve burbled a soothing affirmation: “You are here not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more of who you really are.” What a sweet little me-fest: … Continue reading

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O.J., TV and wretched excess

The TV networks already are rolling out their programming for the 20-year anniversary of that slow-speed freeway chase involving O.J. Simpson, Al Cowlings and the white Ford Bronco. June 17, 1994, revealed some of the absolute worst about celebrity-obsessed American … Continue reading

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The gospel according to Godzilla

In part of my quest to remain perpetually 12 years old, I’m a Godzilla junkie. I’ll watch absolutely any movie on TV if it involves a 350-foot-tall green lizard that breathes lightning. A rubber Godzilla model adorns the top of … Continue reading

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In disaster aftermath, God’s stories don’t stop

I’m writing this on an airplane after spending the past two days in Covington, Louisiana, helping to train ReachGlobal’s Crisis Response staff to be reporters. Of all mission work, crisis response offers some of the best opportunity for bragging on … Continue reading

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Heroes in the land

“The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!” – Ps. 16:3 (NLT) Imagine if you could bring nine people you consider heroes into the same room and let them share their stories. They … Continue reading

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