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A Prayer of Praise

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Theology | 0 comments

Oh Lord, in you are waves of pleasure, oceans of joy! But our hearts seek pleasure in created things, rather than the Creator. Yet, we still long for a lasting satisfaction in the depths of our souls. Our hearts are restless, until they find rest in You! Draw us, Redeemer, Maker, Love Almighty, into the song of the universe! Oh planets and stars, corners of darkest space, be filled with His light! May your rotations and orbits be a timbre or praise! O supernovas, shine for Him! Oh angels, join me with shouts of praise! Together let’s serve him, the sweet joy of our hearts! Oh demons, you who...

Why Work Is at the Heart of God’s Mission

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Theology, Work | 0 comments

Almost every Sunday morning at church, as we finish the final songs and benediction (and I prepare to pick up my crew of girls from Sunday School – now four!), I find myself asking the same question: What is the Church sent into the world to do? This is a question that my friends in pastoral ministry think about often. They do so because it’s so foundational. The “why” of Christian mission, I think, is far less in question: our motivation for ministry is the gospel of Jesus Christ, his atoning death for our sins and his resurrection for our salvation. The free gift of new life in Christ...

What Mary Poplin Taught Us About Being a Christian Teacher in Public Education (2 of 2)

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Education | 0 comments

The Soul of Education Q&A – Dr. Mary Poplin from Denver Institute on Vimeo. [In a previous post, I summarized an interview I did with Dr. Mary Poplin, Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University. In the previous post, Poplin challenged constructivism, shared her findings on highly effective teachers, and encouraged teachers to teach about religion in public schools in a way that is fair and truthful to each set of beliefs. In this post, she discusses how to redeem history, teach virtue, influence the moral climate of a school through prayer, and be both courageous and compassionate as a Christian teacher in public education.] 4. Don’t romanticize history...

What Mary Poplin Taught Us About Being a Christian Teacher in Public Education (1 of 2)

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Education | 0 comments

The Soul of Education Q&A – Dr. Mary Poplin from Denver Institute on Vimeo. Being a public school teacher is tough – especially as a committed Christian. My mother was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher for 35 years, my sister a middle school math teacher, and my wife has taught Spanish (and now young children) for nearly a decade. Over the years, the challenges for them have been many-sided: – What should I think about the teaching philosophies we hear from the administration?  – What curriculum will best serve my students? What about the district standards we have to teach to? – How can I serve every student well...

Greatness and Grace

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Culture | 2 comments

Today Christianity Today published my interview with New York Times Columnist David Brooks on his incredible new book The Road to Character. Here it is in its entirety: David Brooks: We Need to Start Talking about Sin and Righteousness Again   The New York Times columnist asks what it takes to build character in a ‘Big Me’ culture. Interview by Jeff Haanen / posted May 13, 2015   Several years ago, David Brooks hit a wall. Although his résumé sparkled—a columnist for The New York Times, a political commentator for PBS and NPR, and the author of best-selling books like Bobos in Paradise—his inner life felt impoverished. Brooks’s quest to fill that hollowness culminated in his...

How should I choose a career?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Work | 0 comments

Today most career counselors and well-meaning friends would respond to this question with: What are you good at? What do you love to do? What’s your personality type? Where do you want to live? What kind of lifestyle do you want? These are good, normal questions. Yet I have to wonder, are the goals of self-fulfillment and maximizing my personal potential the best way to think about a lifetime of work? These views are hardly uncommon. According to the Barna Group, the top career priority for millennials (I’m one of them) is “finding a career they’re passionate about” (42%). David Kinnamen, the CEO of Barna, says about millennials, “They cite...