I am not offering this list as any definitive “you should absolutely add this to your reading/listening/watching”. But I thought I would share with you all the resources I’ve been working through to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and future of us as a people, as Americans, and specifically of systematic, unwarranted, invisible white privilege.
It’s no wonder so many always wants to go back to “the good ol’ days”, because when we have it great, and we’re the ones riding high on power and wealth, the only things we see through our rose-tinted-backward-facing lenses are the high points. Not the individuals or people groups whose lives were destroyed to get there.
Sometimes we say the right things. We say “I forgive you” or will even convince ourselves we’ve forgiven someone who didn’t bother asking forgiveness. But in reality, we’ve filed it away somewhere, only to pull it out and use it against them the moment they wrong us one too many times.
The entirety of the biblical narrative is one of individuals being given the understanding of how to best honor and serve both the Creator and the Creation, those individuals deciding that they have a better idea of how to do those things, turning them into selfish pursuits, and then being extremely frustrated that the world […]
The truth of the scripture is truth whether we want to believe it or not. If God says this is who we are, then this is who we are. The invitation, or the calling, is to live like we believe it.
If this were a movie scene, this would be the point where the camera would begin to swirl around Jesus and all of the other sounds in his immediate vicinity would become intensified. Mary crying, his disciples nearby murmuring “we tried to tell him”, Martha nowhere in sight, and hundreds of villagers all throwing themselves down and screaming in “solidarity” with the grieving sisters.
No. One. Gets. It.
In 1975, Burger King forever changed the fast food game by launching a campaign known as “Have it Your Way”. It was a simple, but brilliant marketing idea. Around this same time, the American churches decided to take on the same campaign strategy. Here’s 5 reasons why having it your way is a very dangerous thing.
I am a huge fan of nearly all things Exponential. Not the math function, though I guess that’s cool too. There is a church planting and leadership conference that started here in Orlando that has, in recent years, expanded to hosting regional events throughout the US known as Exponential. I love it for two reasons. […]
What I wanted to write about, then, was my own personal observations from my time “behind the curtain”, as it were. There are a lot of old traditions and longstanding institutions that need closer scrutiny, and there’s a lot of decisions being made with good intentions but poor destinations…
Many of you know that I’ve been working on writing a book for the better part of two years now. And, to be honest, the content has been brewing inside of me in various ways for closer to a decade now. This is truly a work of the heart and represents both my deepest frustration […]