Bible Study, church, community, culture, equip, generational transference, hub, missional, network, youth ministry

Hub Network – 1 Corinthians

There can be friction even in the best networks. Not all coverage is reliable. The greatest connections can become restricted. Paul understood this when he wrote to Christians in the significant city of Corinth. They were a growing and influential network. Their system was integrated with some of the most influential and inspiring early Christians. Yet […]

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culture, family, generations

Cubs Win Cubs Win

  My first Cubs game was at Wrigley on May 17, 1979. I was just a kid. My dad brought me. It was an absolutely crazy game. One of the craziest major league games in history. Absolute slugfest. After the war-zone cleared, in extra innings, the score was 23-22. The Cubs lost. And I began […]

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church, community, culture, Jesus

How to Be a Christian for the Next 4 Years

Like you, I am trying to find a way forward this election cycle. The American election of 2016 has been an incredibly awkward, stressful, frustrating and demeaning experience. The Founding Father’s foresaw the fragility of the great experiment of democracy… urging the citizenry of the United States to remain vigilant and skeptical against the corrupting temptations of […]

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culture, family, generational transference, grow down

Backyard IceFort

Winter in Minnesota can be tough. You could retreat for 5 months and cower in misery… or you could BUILD A WICKED COOL ICE-FORT! That’s what Ben and I decided to do. So a couple of years ago (Yes, over 730 days before today!!), we started saving up milk cartons. [The idea gripped us when […]

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culture, devotional, devotional, Jesus, leadership, life, Make a Difference, spiritual formation

Martin Luther King Jr was countercultural

*The following devotional will appear in my new book, Make a Difference: 365 World-Changing Devotions (2016). In the face of hostility, Martin Luther King upheld mercy. He had every right to retaliate against those who hurled threats, insults, and physical harm. Yet he chose a different path, one that changed the trajectory of a powerful nation, […]

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culture, Jesus, leadership

Perspective on the Presidency

Last night, as I reflected on this President’s eighth and last State of the Union address, I couldn’t help but think that even humanity’s greatest rooms, greatest orators, greatest military powers, and greatest economies appear so trivial against the backdrop of eternity. It could be argued that the President of the United States is the most […]

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culture, generational transference, generations, leadership, life, Make a Difference, missional, spiritual formation

Open Letter to Millennials

The mess of current events encourages paranoia. So you might have noticed the repetitious alarms of despairing things being said about the world you must now live in. But I want to offer another perspective, a commissioning, directly to those of you who are in your teenage or young adult years: Don’t let anyone look down on what you […]

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