Youth Culture and Growing Up

Community / Faith / Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Pluralistic World

It is impossible to think about “growing up” in modern America without considering the role of the “youth culture” which every young person—even those…

Longing To Know

Faith / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

More people these days talk a lot about stories, when you might be expecting them to talk about truth. At a Borders gathering earlier…

Homosexuality: Speaking the Truth in Love

Community / Creation / Family / Hospitality / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

There are few issues that have generated more political heat and extreme rhetoric, more anger and hatred, confusion and pain, than the issue of…

A Merer Christianity

Pluralistic World / Scripture

For a long time I found it perplexing that some of the most politically chaotic regions of the world are also places either where…

Discernment Exercise: Would Jesus Smoke?

Discernment / Exercises

I remember three things about the church I attended from 1976-1979. The first involves scary pastor-portraits in the hallway. The second, roller skating to…

Discernment Exercise: Listening to Music with Discernment

Discernment / Exercises

In the past few years there have been several movies whose soundtracks made more money than the movies themselves. While it’s true that there…

Discernment Exercise: Sound Bites for Jesus

Discernment / Exercises

I’m not tense, just terribly alert. It’s as BAD as you think and they ARE out to get you. Suburbia: where they rip out…

Discernment Exercise: Discussing Taste Tastefully

Discernment / Exercises

Unless you never talk about art with people, or carefully limit all discussions of aesthetic taste to those who are precisely like yourself, you’ll…

Discernment Exercise: Can We Vote Christianly?

Discernment / Exercises

Unless you really like politics, it’s rather hard, sometimes—let’s be honest—to get very enthusiastic about most elections. The constant barrage of commercials, the phone…