The Roaring 20s 2.0: Thoughts about 2020 and a New Decade (Guest post by Stephen Garner)

Almost 100 years ago, the world, and especially America, experienced an exciting economic boom. Everything seemed possible through the new modern technologies, such as the automobile, movies, radio, the telephone, TVs and airplanes. Society broke with many long-held traditions and embraced great change. The popular TV show and movie, Downton Abbey, helped many of us see what a decade of disruption and change it was in the Roaring 20s. On[…]

Continue reading …

Two Secular Trends You Should Practice as a Christian

1. Minimalism – (https://www.becomingminimalist.com/what-is-minimalism/) Minimalism takes the focus away from what we have and puts it on the meaning that we get from the things we do have. Pastor and conference speaker Louie Giglio once joked, “Is there anything in the world more anti-Jesus than a storage unit?” (Don’t get offended—I said joked!) Seriously, no offense if you have a storage unit, but let’s think about it. You can do[…]

Continue reading …

Stop Hating on Millennials! 5 Ways We’ve Improved Upon Past Generations

There’s no shortage of media coverage painting my generation, millennials, as impatient, narcissistic, overly sensitive, and politically correct to the point of ridicule. They live with their parents and eschew hard work. In short, everything is getting worse. I don’t necessarily think so. Here are five ways in which I believe millennials are actually better than previous generations. 1. They are more health-conscious. My generation reads nutrition labels more than[…]

Continue reading …

Travel Journal: Thailand

My connecting domestic flight was delayed in the Bangkok airport. Tired and ready to be at the conference as I was, I felt the strong pull of the secluded food court. I had not gotten used to the exchange rate of US dollars to Thai baht, so I didn’t realize until I was signing the receipt that I was paying $14 for a burger and fries! For that price, it[…]

Continue reading …

Jesus: Don’t Judge? (pt. 2)

Okay, maybe judgment isn’t such a bad word after all. What, then, could Jesus mean by His words in Matthew 7:1? Well, first, who is Jesus talking to in Matthew 7:1? Check the context. Four verses later, He addresses his audience as, “You hypocrite.” Now, I will be the first to admit that I and everyone I know struggles with a little bit of hypocrisy, but to truly understand what[…]

Continue reading …

Jesus: Don’t Judge? (pt. 1)

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matt. 7:1). These oft-quoted words remain a favorite of Generation X and millennials, but what do they really mean? The term “judging” is used by my generation with an almost universally negative connotation. “Don’t judge.” “Only God can judge me.” “Don’t judge me if you don’t know me.” What we’re really saying is, “Back off. Don’t tell me what I can[…]

Continue reading …

How to Write Songs: Notes on Creativity from Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman

Here are some practical tips from Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman on songwriting: Write from your own need for God. Others engage your song if they are able to relate to it. Give yourself a deadline. You’re never really finished with a song, and it’ll remain in a nebulous state until forced out. Perfectionists will get stuck trying to find the absolute best melody or chord progression, and less focused[…]

Continue reading …

Teaching: Whose Job is it Anyway?

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. You can lead a child to knowledge, but you can’t make him think. I’ve been thinking about the role of the school versus the role of parenting in the education of a child. For what it’s worth, I have a few *ahem* candid thoughts. The state’s job is not to educate your child; it is to make[…]

Continue reading …

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[…]

Continue reading …

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[…]

Continue reading …

Madman or American Hero? (Part 2)

Continued . . . A man who attacked Harpers Ferry? Yes. A madman? Perhaps. A radical, Violet abolitionist? Yes. It’s easy to see where this man’s reputation comes from—first, the part you’ve heard. John Brown felt the federal government wasn’t doing enough to in slavery, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. He attacked the federal arsenal then at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, with an aim to use[…]

Continue reading …