Johnny Cash, “Hurt”

There is no hope for the person who gives his life to the pleasures of this world. There will be no newness, no creativity in that kind of life. There will only be an “empire of dirt.” Always. Listen to Russell Moore: Cash’s haunting music video for the song features faded film shots of his…

Thoughts on Erwin McManus’s Talk at the Global Leadership Summit

I attended Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit this year at a satellite location here in Omaha. There was a lot to receive, some things to redeem, and others to reject. Today, Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic in Los Angeles, closed out the Summit with his talk about Christians being culture creators and creative story tellers….

God is Always Behind the Scenes.

As I read Isaiah 45:1-13, there is one, single, consistent, mind-numbing, eternity-changing, thought: God equips, empowers, and energizes even those who do not know him as Lord and Savior in order to accomplish his majestic purposes. I ask, “Why does he do this?” The answer comes in verses 5-6: So that everyone, from east to…

This is a Great Idea

Joe Thorn’s church in Chicago (Redeemer Fellowship) has started a Theology Pub where Christians and non-Christians can come together and converse honestly about spirituality.  Lord willing, this gathering, and others like it, will reach those who don’t know Jesus in a very relevant, non-intimidating way.