Continuing my thinking through my upcoming presentation on "Understanding and Engaging in today's world." I invite you to check out the first post in the series: Postmodernism is Dead.To help get our minds around the new Creative Era we’ve moved into, it might be helpful to contrast a Modernist mindset, a Postmodernist mindset, and a … Continue reading The Dawning of the New Creative Era: are you ready?
Note: these are some early musings as I pull together material for an upcoming presentation on “Understanding and Engaging Today’s World” in which I was specifically asked to introduce postmodernism. This series is not a series of fully baked thoughts – I’m asking for your responses, thoughts, arguments, and riddles, jokes or puns. Thanks.I was … Continue reading Note to Pastors: Postmodernism is Dead (so please stop talking about it)
Imagine that every human has a valuable commodity – and has been given an equal amount of it. They can spend it as they will. Some will squeeze as much value out of it as they can. Others will fritter it away on triviality, or worse, let it slip through their fingers, oblivious to its … Continue reading Your Most Undeveloped Resource
Sfumato. It is a technical term from art history that describes a “smoky” look, a look without harsh dividing lines. Leonardo DaVinci was a master of sfumato. He accomplished the effect quite masterfully in the Mona Lisa. DaVinci used tiny brush strokes to blend colors, then he applied thin layers of varnish, up to 40 … Continue reading The Book of Smoke (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 1:1-2)
When you read, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44) how do you respond? Are you an easygoing person? Do you think you have no enemies? Think again. You don’t have to be paranoid. You don’t have to imagine a vast conspiracy. Just ask yourself, have you been angry, irritated, … Continue reading How To Pray For Your Enemies When You Don’t Have Any (and when you do)
Tim Keller is NOT this generation’s C.S. Lewis.Tim Keller of Manhattan’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, has ascended to the role of “favorite evangelical intellectual,” though he possibly shares that role with N.T. Wright. Due to his great popularity and prolific output of books, Tim Keller has also earned the moniker “the C.S. Lewis for our generation.” … Continue reading Tim Keller is NOT this generation’s C.S. Lewis