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Update ahead of 50

Academic update, turning 50 and future videos

Should Christians Be Good Citizens?

This week I begin a Summer Sermon Series that promises to be exciting. 

“Should Christians Be Good Citizens?” is our question. 

I am going to make 3 cases:

  1. Christians should be the best types of citizens: invested, loyal, trustworthy, sacrificing, etc. 
  2. Christians should be troublemakers who interrogate, subvert, and undermine the injustices. 
  3. It is a bad question: we are not citizens of this world system at all but of a different kingdom. 

The big theme is “What is our relationship to power?”

Are we supposed to be ‘in charge’ ?
Are we the minority report?
Are we the band-aid on the wounds?
Are we loyal to this world’s systems ?

If you are interested, you can join in the conversation at 10am Sunday mornings (online or in person) through

I will also be posting recap videos and the sermon notes here on my blog if that works better for you.

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CRT Controversy

The ongoing storm around Critical Race Theory (CRT) can be confusing … because its opponents intentionally want it that way.

Today’s video tries to distinguish between the fruit and the actual root of the problem.

You can also check past post about CRT here:

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The End of Evangelical Eschatology

Is the Evangelical’s fascination with the End Times their undoing? Could this be the apostasy?

In this video I outline my journey with End Times theology (eschatology) and share a ‘thought experiment’ that I have been doing with my Evangelical family and friends (min 8).

Watch the video and let me know what you think.

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How Is Hybrid Church Going?

Facilitating an interactive style of church was challenging before. Doing conversational community in hybrid format has added an extra layer of difficulty.

I get why most churches have stopped trying … but I am committed to the model for reasons that I outline in this video.

Give it a watch and let me know your thoughts.

The Ideology of Individualism

Individualism is the assumed, and thus unquestioned, operating structure of for both the Left and the Right, conservatives and liberals. They are two sides of the same coin.

Nearly every disagreement and conflict that see in our society is framed within individualism and often ‘both sides’ are just the inverted – or photo negative – of each other simply focusing a different aspect of the individuals experience.

I ask the question: what is the most dangerous or objectionable thing that you believe? Not to your opponents but to your chosen group? Do you vote the party line? Do you vary at any point? Do you diverge from popular opinion at any level?

It’s like language – there is no private language. Language is socially constructed as is nearly every aspect of our life and culture. Race is socially constructed. Sexuality is socially constructed. Religion is socially constructed.

The problem comes when we don’t realize the ways that we have been:

  • Groomed
  • Conditioned
  • Formed
  • Informed

Thus even our deepest conviction and true opinions are not independently our own. We are acting within a given structure that acted upon us and within in that we have some agency but we are never choosing from an unlimited menu of options. We are located socially and thus make choices within that structure.

Conservatives focus on one aspect of the individual. Liberals do the same just prioritizing different aspects of the individuals. Libertarians are just radical in this regard.

Watch the linked video and let me know your thoughts. Share with with groups your think might benefit from this challenge as a conversation starter.

Until we recognize the dominating ideology that is operational in all of our politics and social strife, we will not be able to fix the broken, fractured, and fragmented state or our societal problems.

Two Podcasts For You

I had the honor of being interviewed for the “Of Dust & Divinity” podcast. It was a great conversation and it was released this week!

My favorite part is the second half of the episode when we start talking about embodied spirituality and the importance of place.

At the end I talk about trees and rivers and seasons in contrast to the McDonalds and Walmart brands of suburban spirituality.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

I also continue to love my pod-chats with Randy Woodley on “Peacing It All Together”. In our most recent episode we talk about life lessons to celebrate a monumental birthday for Randy and do some listener feedback about such topics as:

  • Trying to change an organization
  • Implicit Bias
  • Dis-ability and Intersectionality
  • Respect and Equality in Relationships

Check it out at

Is Evangelicalism Over?

Lots of people are asking “is this the end of evangelicalism?”

The answer is ‘yes’ but maybe not for the reasons that you are thinking of.

Enjoy the video and let me know your thoughts.

How Has Covid Changed You?

How has Covid changed you? What has been the biggest downside and the biggest upside (if any)?

For me there are 3 big negatives and 1 big positive:

I can’t sleep, I don’t want to talk to anyone, and I can’t concentrate … but on the upside I have finally started to bike and I love it as much as I thought I would.

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