• March 23, 2016

    I was a product of 1970s parenting. We were thrown outdoors to play and told to come back for dinner and not before. Our knees were scraped and we made our own fun when we were bored. Grown-ups didn’t jump in to eliminate the tedium of our lives. We were dropped off at track practice and picked up when it was finished, and no one gave us trophies for showing up. When we were finally let loose in the world, it was as functional and confident young adults. We’d been given the space to fail and try again. And so we did. God Himself parents in this way.

  • March 16, 2016

    The bible is full of stories of God and his people. It's really the story of how God rescues us. Yet it still seems surprising to realize how many of the Bible's heroes were really broken people like the rest of us. They lied, cheated, and disappointed God too. Sometimes we read these stories and can see good examples of faithfulness. But often we see examples we should not imitate. This is certainly the case with Lot. He was Abraham's nephew, and he made many mistakes. Here are a few lessons to be learned from his story...

  • March 16, 2016

    I remember watching The Jetsons as a child and desperately wanting Rosey the Robot to clean my room. I had high hopes that my adult commute would be as easy as George Jetson’s flight to work. Although we don’t have jetpacks yet, we do somewhat live the Jetsons’ dream. We carry computers in our pockets. We have smart thermostats and appliances. Increasingly, we can control our lives with our voices or a touch of a button.

  • March 14, 2016

    Lately I’ve been writing about white privilege. White privilege is a topic that tends to make some people (mostly white people) feel anxious, guilty, or angry. As a white man, I can empathize with some of these reactions, others less so. I am convinced, and as a Christian I would say convicted, that I need to speak out about white privilege. At the same time, I am equally convinced that the folks I’m most interested in talking to are often the least likely to want to listen to me, and that I often fail to reach them...  

  • March 14, 2016

    My wife and I had an interesting experience at this year’s Calvin Worship Symposium. It happened Thursday night at the Covenant Fine Arts Center. The auditorium was beautifully prepped for worship with themed hangings and well-designed lighting on and around the stage. The worship team was first rate. And the service began with an inspired playing of a Bach prelude—that very few of us actually heard because virtually no one was paying attention...

  • March 10, 2016

    Parents struggle with video games. Last week I received a heartfelt email from a woman with gamer sons — a high schooler and a college student. After she read my book, Of God and Games, she developed a more open attitude toward playing, but she still had concerns. How much playing is too much? Does playing games with bad themes lead gamers astray? Is it still OK to feel like gaming is a waste of time? These are common and legitimate questions. Parents are right to carefully consider what their kids are playing.