I hate screens. I love screens.
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One of the most noticeable changes in church furnishings in the last 20 years is the rapid growth in the presence of projection screens. You’d expect to see them in new church plants, places that intentionally look like warehouses or theaters or hotel ballrooms. But they have popped up (or been lowered) also in more traditional sanctuaries with altars, pulpits, fonts, and lecterns.  I will confess that I am conflicted about this new technology. I love screens 1. You can... Read More
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Yikes. I’m no stranger to fads. I grew up in the 90s, which clearly knew what was up. I can chronicle my childhood by slap bracelets, Trapper Keepers, Furbies, Tamagotchis, frosted tips, and, of course, Pogs. But Pokémon? When I was in grade school, you played Pokémon on your Game Boy, and you certainly didn’t promote the fact that you did. We had reputations to think of after all. But now? People who don’t even play video games play Pokémon... Read More
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It’s political convention time. Both last week’s Republican National Convention and this week’s Democratic National Convention made headlines for poor behavior. These offered life lessons for everyone, no matter what your political affiliation.  1. Your integrity matters.  While Melania Trump was endorsing her husband, a section of her speech strikingly mirrored Michelle Obama’s from eight years ago. A few days later, Meredith McIver, a Trump employee, apologized and explained that Melania Trump “read me some passages from Michelle Obama’s speech.... Read More
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No one ever told you that the promise to love, honor, and cherish would be so much work. The adrenaline rush of new love makes love seem easy. Over time, though, paying the bills, negotiating the household, and general life stresses wear you down and leave you impatient with the one you promised to stay committed to until one of you dies. I know you promised for better or worse. But on that happiest of days, deep down you didn’t... Read More
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What do you think of when you hear the term Limbo? An Xbox video game? A Trinidadian dance contest to see who can shimmy under the lowest setting on a horizontal pole? Or the teaching of the Catholic Middle Ages that there are intermediate stages between heaven and hell? Imagine my surprise to read the headline in my local newspaper: “Burial Dispute Leaves Slain Woman’s Native American Spirit in Limbo.” How does the reporter know where the deceased woman’s soul... Read More
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There’s nothing like the satisfaction of completing your to-do list for the day, right?  Or am I wrong? I will be the first to admit that I’m a type A personality. I am naturally driven, and I love getting things done.    If that describes you as well, then this truth probably applies to you as much as it does to me: It’s really easy to wrap up way too much of your happiness or identity in your to-do list. ... Read More
Where’s the justice?
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Soccer player Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty of defrauding Spain of 4.1m euros and were each sentenced by a Spanish court to 21 months in jail. Except they won’t serve it because by law in Spain, a sentence of fewer than two years can actually be served under probation. So why hand down a punishment if there is no actual consequence? At the same time, his soccer team, FC Barcelona, is asking fans to show support using... Read More
Where do you even start?
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How many more shootings, attacks, and injustices does it take before tragedies stop being tragic? Honestly, I’m just frustrated, I guess. As I listened to the press conference on Saturday with Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, I felt angry. Not necessarily angry at the killers or even at the fact that law enforcement officers were murdered protecting innocent civilians, but angry at the world. The type of anger that says, “Okay, I get it. Life... Read More
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Only in TV dramas is there rapid resolution to conflict. The only time the end of the hour doesn’t bring closure is when the producers want to keep you in suspense for a two parter. Unfortunately, the reality we live in often doesn’t seem to have tidy endings or any foreseeable resolution to our conflicts. Is America doomed to be sick with racial polarization forever? Unless you have been off the grid on vacation for the last week, you have... Read More
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Raising kids can be so hard. They cause you to worry, stress, fret, cry . . . pray. Your daughter is struggling in school, so you pray about her study habits and comprehension. Your son’s trouble with friends leads you to pray that he would find a new group of kids to be a better influence. Your preschooler can’t stay dry at night, so you pray about bathroom habits. (Sure it’s embarrassing, but sometimes you’re just desperate.) Your high school... Read More