Month: March 2014


Emily Dickinson said: “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” As evangelicals we have too often been harsh, blunt, combative and intimidating in telling the story of the Gospel. Our insistence on bold proclamation has isolated our audience and made our creative efforts wooden, amateurish and unimaginative. We’ve not appreciated the wisdom of Eugene Peterson’s words in “What Are W ...[Read More]

The Inner Critic

If you watched the Academy Awards this year you probably heard Robert De Niro’s introduction to the Best Adapted Screenplay award: “The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.” The next day I was in a conversation with a ...[Read More]

Your Gift Is Not Tax-Deductible

On April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson and Congress declared war on Germany. Surprisingly, one of the first considerations of that act was the impact on colleges, universities, medical schools and cultural institutions. At the same time we declared war, we created the War Chest and the first charitable tax deduction that allowed individuals to make gifts to help with the war effort and shore u ...[Read More]

My Brother's Keeper

In a White House ceremony last Thursday, President Obama unveiled a new program, “My Brother’s Keeper,” that would be supported by the administration but funded with foundation and corporate sponsors. The initiative is designed to identify, evaluate and help expand those programs that are working best to help young minority males – primarily black and Latino – increas ...[Read More]