U2’s Prophetic Tendencies

When the “30th Anniversary of The Joshua Tree” Tour was announced a while back, I was–to use a 1987 word–stoked. We never go overboard in paying for concert tickets–I’ve passed on pricey U2 shows before–but this one is special (they play the entire album through), and the family will be headed to Louisville on June 16th. I must admit, U2 … Read More

Creative Encouragement: You CAN Finish Your Project

Do you have a creative project that feels like it’s never going to be done? Something you’ve been working with off and on for years? As a writer, I run into people all the time who feel this way. (One of them sometimes stares back from the mirror.) I feel a divine unction to offer you some encouragement today. And … Read More

Resisting Your Calling Can Lead to Depression

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(Note: This article also appeared at RelevantMagazine.com ) Reading the book of Jonah recently, I suddenly had a new realization about this verse: “Meanwhile Jonah had gone down to the lowest part of the vessel and had stretched out and fallen into a deep sleep.”  (Jon. 1:5b) The verse always seemed odd; Jonah sound asleep on a lurching ship during … Read More

Some Thoughts for the Church Regarding the “Ghost Ship” Fire

(This post originally appeared in edited form as “The Most Ignored Gifts in the Church” at Relevantmagazine.com) Just before midnight on Friday, Dec 2nd, an artist’s collective in Oakland, CA called “The Ghost Ship” was rapidly and without warning engulfed in flames.  A ramshackle, graffiti-covered warehouse in the rough Fruitvale area, “The Ghost Ship” was home to a colorful collection … Read More

10 Lessons from Colombia’s Incredible Cultural Transformation

How Creativity Rescued a Nation The TV program 60 Minutes ran a segment last week that made my heart sing. It was the story an ad agency in the South American country of Colombia that used creativity to help end a 52-year-long war between the military and rebel guerilla fighters. The conflict had cost the country 220,000 lives, but now … Read More

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