The Crown Jewel

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Recently I hung out with a lively group of Christian art students at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). Art and discourse near the shores of Lake Michigan I was swept away in a vigorous two-hour conversation with them over a lovely dinner. Why I get to have all the fun, I cannot explain. Their main concern? Art just doesn’t seem that …

Blind Spots

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As I’ve gotten older my vision and spiritual intuition seem to have gotten sharper. In fact, I might be able to give you some helpful counsel, if you ask. The one person I can’t figure out, however, is myself.┬áMe, no get. Think about it: By definition I can’t see my own blind spots. Yet, I know they’re there. I know …

Guacamole Vision

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Recently I had lunch with the senior pastor of a church in the “top-100” fastest growing churches in America. The scope of the church’s ministry is impressive–multiple campuses, dozens of missionaries, hundreds coming to faith in Christ. After chatting for a few minutes at the restaurant, some really serious chips ‘n guac arrived at our table, so I figured it …

Cool. Meaningful.

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I had the great privilege of teaching adult ed. at a large church in the south metro (Twin Cities) this semester. On the last Sunday of the series, I spoke from the heart. Here’s a chunk of my heart for youth ministry: 1. Church should be cool. It should be fun to come here. You should have a great youth …

And the Answer Is. . .

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The Ganfield Library Cafe is not exactly spacious, with a max occupancy of maybe 30 or 35 (behind the windows, right). Last Friday morning our discussion group, configured in a tight oval around two small wooden tables, occupied 13 of those spots. The topic at hand: Was Christina’s friend who had converted from Christianity to Islam still in possession of …

Release and Catch

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Recently I went fishing with my buddy M, a middle-aged entrepreneur who runs a successful small business. At one point M’s phone rings at the same time a little walleye hits his jig and minnow. He takes the call. It’s a former employee chatting it up about his new job. No big deal, right? Turns out it was a guy …

A Theology of Business?

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The Lord has given me the excellent privilege of hanging out with a lot of business people. How does the church support them in the marketplace? It seems to me we speak on the front end and the back end of business spirituality, but not much in the middle. Front end: We teach about acting ethically and how to reach …

Regal in Chicago

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This morning I attended a traditional worship service in Chicago with some good friends. Upon entering the sanctuary I was greeted with an 11-piece french horn ensemble playing two numbers with booming, moving parts. Pastors were in robes. Long passages of scripture were read (well). And the robed choir sang a fine piece from sacred literature. The elderly minister spoke …

Option Three

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K telling me his faith story I find that many of the college students I visit with around the country don’t know why they believe in the Bible and Jesus. I guess they formed these beliefs on the authority of parents and pastors, but few students can articulate any other reasons for their faith. The result is that they tend …