August 23, 2016 9:21 am

Politics still needs meetings that are meetings. It still needs conversations that require listening, conversations in which you are prepared to learn that a situation is more complex than you thought. You might want to change your mind. This is what our current political landscape discourages. There is a lot of conversation—both online and off—in which opponents broadcast prepared sound bites. There is a lot of staged conversation.


August 17, 2016 8:39 am

Settled into a helpful groove with my portable Microsoft keyboard (mentioned in my Puny iPad Mini Utopia). When I’m reading on my iPad, I can switch over the keyboard to pair with my phone which I leave sitting next out next to me. As thoughts come to mind, whether tasks or ideas, I can quickly type them into Drafts on the phone without leaving the book I’m reading on the iPad. Helps me stay on track with what I’m reading knowing I have a reliable way to shove distracting thoughts into a safe place for later handling.

August 17, 2016 8:32 am

The multitasking life puts us into a state similar to vigilance, one of continual alert. In that condition, we can follow only the most rudimentary arguments. So multitasking encourages brevity and simplicity, even when more is called for.

August 14, 2016

Tim Conder co-wrote a book called Free For All, with a subtitle of “Discovering the Bible in Community.” After reading his book, I knew he would have a different perspective on sermon prep, so I was glad to have him as a guest on Sermonsmith.

August 14, 2016

A week after my sermon on The Good Samaritan, we took a second pass at this famous parable in our liturgy. I interviewed Esther Kim, an attender of aMS and a PhD student in the education department at UT. I asked her to talk about how she is using The Good Samaritan as a text to teach Evangelical high school students about critical theory and liberation theology. You know…the usual stuff.