We lose something if we don’t recognize that having fun is actually one of the reasons we were made. When we imagine the New Creation, do we think of it as an eternal work project or as a divine playground?
When we view pastimes, hobbies, and vacation as escape from work, we are missing the reality that work and play exist together and benefit each other. For me, fishing is not an escape from work, but a transition from one thing God has created me to do, to another thing God has created me to do.
God gave us the Sabbath for our own good. As with other laws, when God gave this one, God wasn’t being a killjoy, or trying to set us back.
About three and a half years ago I decided to delete my Facebook account. I had several reasons, but the biggest was a concern for how social media was forming and shaping me to be more self-focused, rather than less.
What do we mean by “vacation”? Is vacation about relaxation or adventure? What do we even mean by those terms? Does vacation really give you a break?
I have a lot of things going on in my life…perhaps you can relate? So when asked, “How are you doing?” my automatic answer came blurting out, “I’m so busy…”
When it comes to job or career choices, consumerism often makes us feel lesser than because of what we don’t possess, and it can tell us that we need to make more money to feel better about ourselves.
The task of Christian institutions of higher education is to help young people “consume rightly” by cultivating a Eucharistic way of life.
Porn turns sex into something that is all about me, and so warps my view on healthy sexuality in ways that make it difficult to engage in mutual, consensual, healthy sexuality.
A church “in the world” must grapple with the dominant spirits of the age, yet still be “but not of it” by keeping the gospel from being swallowed up by those spirits. So, is the “Fear Not” shirt a good example of the former or the latter?
Consumerism is the air we breathe. It is the controlling metaphor of our time.
Here’s the thing: progressives expect difference and they expect change. These lived expectations really scare some people, especially when it comes to religion, as in progressive Christianity.
That word “missional” … it’s everywhere, and it’s overused, and we’re not quite sure what it means, and Microsoft Word underlines it in red because it doesn’t think it’s a real word. What is it? It depends on who you ask.
Popular sovereignty means that all-of-the-people rule by collectively sharing power but this is translated, in practical terms, into rule by the-majority-of-the-people when it comes to public policy decisions.
The meaning someone is trying to express by using “evangelical” depends as much or more on context that any inherently accepted common definition of the term. The sheer flexibility of the term is both one secret of its lasting utility and at the same time its greatest weakness.
The emergence of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party as a major candidate for president has required many Americans to ask themselves, “What is a socialist?” Or, perhaps more appropriately, “What is a social democrat?”
Theatre design involves both unpacking and bringing dimension to a story; a fleshing out and bringing an event to life in layers of symbol and metaphor. This discovery and fleshing out of the Lord’s creation is a joy to be a part of as an artist.
I love the fact that I get to help connecting those who’d love to share their great ideas to the world through Facebook. Back when I started using Facebook about 10 years ago, it was just a way to stay in touch with friends and family. Now you can also do business.
I really love collaborating with other people to make a finished product that other people will enjoy. Every person on a film or tv show is extremely important in order to keep things running smoothly and finish the show.
If I did only my basic job requirements, I would take several meetings every week with constituents and lobbyists and respond on behalf of the Senator by phone, email, and physical letters to approximately 1,500 constituent messages per month.
When I’m asked what I do for a job my initial thought is, “Well, I do life, like everybody else. I just like to write about it before I go to bed.” But I know this job is more complicated than that.
I’m very concerned about faith formation in Christian schools. I’m concerned about students knowing all the right answers, but not really believing it. I’m concerned that they’re going to get so Bibled-out that they’ll go through the motions, but not really own their faith.
Christian schools are tasked to educate children regarding the vast work of kingdom agents. Here we teach them to rejoice in the good things that God created, lament the brokenness of the world and restore the creation though diligent care.
“I’m a middle school math teacher.” When I share this fact it is usually followed by looks of “you’re crazy!” followed by a “bless your heart” comment. I love how God uniquely gifts us with different passions to serve Him in His kingdom. I love that I get to spend my day with awkward adolescents and watch them grow up.
I enjoy trying to help teachers live out their faith as my own career has been in both public and Christian education. My career choices were at times pragmatic, but I often wrestled with whether my calling as an educator was to serve in public or Christian education.