The Hopeless Wanderer

The Hopeless Wanderer Today we would likely label Jacob a sociopath: cunning, deceptive, detached, manipulative and ambitious. He was often cruel and incapable of being loyal. He lived by his wits - and was extremely successful. ...

Shark Tank

Shark Tank In the evangelical community, there is still the lingering doubt that money invested in a business will not be as pleasing to God as money given away. ...

When Flesh and Steel Are One

When Flesh and Steel Are One For Christmas, our kids gave us tickets to a Sting concert in Dallas. They know how much I like his music and how unlikely I am to spend the money to see him perform live. The whole experience was priceless, and Sting ...

The Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man As much as anything Dad relished making and fixing things. What he really loved were the tools. He collected them partly because he needed the right tools to do the work essentially with one hand and partly because he lo ...

The Year in Pictures

Happy New Year. Some of you know I enjoy taking pictures – and then finding something to say. Here are twelve from the year that I hope will provoke some thoughts. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gall ...

Remembering that It Happened Once

Remembering that It Happened Once It has become a tradition for us to publish a poem for the Christmas blog. So much Christmas poetry has either romanticized the day or, especially in modern poetry, found despair and resignation. What I like about this ...

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man This week we heard the news that Invisible Children is shutting down, which brought back memories of founder Jason Russell’s time with us at The Gathering in 2005 – just one year after he and two friends had complete ...

A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

A Cold and Broken Hallelujah I think we all like backstories. I especially like the stories behind songs. Did you know Paul McCartney's original working title for “Yesterday” was “Scrambled Eggs”? Iron Butterfly's  “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” ...

The New Centaur

The New Centaur The Imitation Game is a new movie that tells the story of Alan Turing and his near miraculous breaking of the Nazi “Enigma” code during World War II. Historians believed that by cracking that code, Turing may have sh ...

Semper Fi

Semper Fi What happens to a dream deferred? Caleb didn’t forget his dream or give it up. He lived a true life. ...

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