Archive - 2018

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Books That Have Shaped My Life in 2018
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Making Sense in Meaningless Times
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Time to Still Make Tunes
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Turkey Study Tour 2019
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How Do I Know If I Am a Leader?
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The Thanksgiving I Chose To Speak Up
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Thinking About Alexa Differently
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Do We Really Need Leaders?
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Is Anyone Following Me?
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The Life We Leave Behind

Books That Have Shaped My Life in 2018

If you were asked to name those books that shaped your life in 2018, which ones would make your list? It is a question worth pondering, given that books are a big part of influencing the mind and forming the soul. What we read says a lot about us. An article in this morning’s New[…]

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Making Sense in Meaningless Times

We can ill-afford to have an insulated, self-absorbed, accommodating faith. Not ever, but especially not today. If the church has any hope of changing this world, it must recover its conviction of the Word’s authority (without picking and choosing what we want to agree with). Believers must be as intentional as ever to engage with[…]

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Time to Still Make Tunes

Over the course of writing sermons for nearly thirty-five years, and now writing books, I have developed a certain love affair with words. I have learned to see everything as material—especially language. And this makes good sense. As one put it, “The more verbal, crafted, imaginative, reasoned, and deep—the more people will listen and read.”[…]

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Turkey Study Tour 2019

Since 1997, I have been leading study tours, primarily to Turkey. I am fascinated with the biblical history that covers much of the country. The best way to follow the footsteps of Paul and others is to view the sites by both sea and land. The biblical text comes alive in fresh and penetrating ways[…]

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How Do I Know If I Am a Leader?

I recently discovered pictures of my fiftieth high school reunion. I did not go this past September, but I saw a few online images. Everyone looked so old! I am guessing it would have been different if I was there in person. Pictures don’t always tell the truth. Right? Had I been there, I am[…]

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The Thanksgiving I Chose To Speak Up

Two weeks ago, I revisited Wassenaar, The Netherlands. A village in South Holland, it was our home for nearly seven years. Riding through the dunes, walking on the Langstraat, and ambling at night along the tree-lined streets and taking in the charm—it all brought back a rush of memories. Moving into November, I could not[…]

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Thinking About Alexa Differently

It seemed innocent enough. Last Christmas, both my daughter and son asked for the same gift, an Echo device from Amazon. They joined the growing millions who have made the same selection (over forty million and counting). Unfortunately, Nate is in Australia now, so Alexa has no one to talk to. But Kate is making[…]

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Do We Really Need Leaders?

In my upcoming book, Missing Voices (Langham), I raise the question whether or not we need leaders. Are leaders essential, irrelevant, or somewhere in-between? After listening to the campaign ads for what seems like forever (and ever), I am wondering. Do we need these people? As I note in my book, people do not seem[…]

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Is Anyone Following Me?

Sometime back, John Dickerson wrote an article in The Atlantic entitled, “The Hardest Job in the World.” He was addressing the American presidency and the impossibility of leading. How can anyone truly represent 327 million people, let alone hope to please any of them? How can one person manage an executive branch now numbering two[…]

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The Life We Leave Behind

I have been on a long journey—a writing journey. It explains my absence from blogging, and a lot of other things. I have fallen into a few narcoleptic comas along the way, but now that the manuscript has been sent off to the publisher (Missing Voices, Langham Publishing), I have come out into the light[…]

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