20 Bold & Politically Incorrect Forecasts for the Roaring 2020s (& 30s and 40s)

This is response to my father’s blog, “The Roaring 20s 2.0: Thoughts….” People are living more and more of their lives in the digital realm. Now, my inner old soul/hiker wants badly to lament this trend, but instead, I must submit, why not embrace it and use it to spread God’s kingdom? If you know me personally, I probably shared with you some stories about how… Technology is making the[…]

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Jesus: Go Watch Some Birds?

My apartment smells like sweet potato fries with adobo and curry seasoning. The kitchen is half cleaned and hot. I walk outside to the cul-de-sac that rounds our apartment community. It’s unseasonably cool for a fall Georgia day with a glassy grey sky behind brown, bare tree limbs. I look into the tree and see a gray squirrel scurry into a knotted hole. A small bird catches my eye. It[…]

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Jesus Says NO to Self Defense?

There is plenty in Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount to wrestle with. Does he really mean, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and threw it away”? Does he really mean, “Blessed are those who mourn”? Wait … um, doesn’t the Bible also command me to rejoice? (See Philippians 4:4; Nehemiah 8:10.) Jesus, I think I’m confused. To make matters worse, part of my preparation for[…]

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Millennials (Pt. 3): Passion Tea and Passing Trains

This generation—we’re all on a train, really. The conductor on the intercom said the next stop is Destiny . . . but mile after aimless mile meander by the window, and the passing grass looks browner every minute. Well, while we’re both seated here, let’s talk. Okay, barista, I know working at Starbucks is not what you want to do for 30 years of your life. You’d quit brewing now[…]

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Millennials and “Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy”

A recent CBS article reported millennials are more educated but less skilled than their predecessors. Last year, I read a poignant yet hilarious article on WaitButWhy.com called “Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy.” Thinking of the trajectory of my career as an educator and my personal journey as a young millennial, it’s prompted me to do some writing about millennials–our search for meaning and our experience adjusting to an America that’s very[…]

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What’s Your Life Shaped Like? Thoughts on the Universe, Part II

To introduce our unit on cells and mathematical powers of ten, I showed my class the 1977 video “Powers of Ten.” The film shows the relative sizes of objects ranging from galaxies to protons and electrons. It’s astounding—Charles and Ray Eames created such a good film that it’s still relevant almost forty years later. In the age of YouTube and countless electronic educational resources, nothing quite shows the scale of[…]

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