Month: May 2013

Finish the Task

A few years ago I had a conversation with Roger Thurow while he was writing his book Enough: Why The World’s Poorest Starve In An Age of Plenty. His first question to me was, “Why is it that evangelicals are just now becoming involved in social justice issues?” Roger’s impression was that the only thing millions of evangelicals cared about was evangelism and any interest in ...[Read More]

Our Peculiar Game

Our Peculiar Game

The philosopher Jacques Barzun wrote years ago, “Whoever would understand the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball the rules and realities of the game.” From its very beginning during the Civil War, it has been the defining sport of America.  “The game of Base Ball has now become beyond question the leading feature of the outdoor sports of the United States It is a game which ...[Read More]

A Vote for Pharisees

  A recent telephone interview study by the Barna Group presented a series of 20 “agree-or-disagree” statements to 1 008 self-identified Christians to determine “whether Christians have the actions and attitudes of Jesus as they interact with others or if they are more akin to the beliefs and behaviors of Pharisees ” the self-righteous sect of religious leaders de ...[Read More]

The Importance of Local Response in Disaster Recovery

Our guest blogger this week is Ben Smilowitz. In his first year of law school Ben saw the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina and realized a need existed for someone to demand public accountability and provide an open line for survivors ” emergency workers and volunteers to report gaps during disasters…so he started the Disaster Accountability Project. DAP has become the leading nonp ...[Read More]

You Never Get Over It

  "You never get over it. It's been 20 years since we lost her and we think about her every day." A couple of years ago at The Gathering ” we had a panel of four parents who had lost children. We didn't do it to be sensational or dramatic. We did it because a number of families in The Gathering have children who have died. Some of these children have been young” ...[Read More]