Star Wars & The Bible
One Hell of a Year for #GenXers
The recent release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story helped me illustrate for a friend how to know the Bible.
How will Miley Cyrus, the Notorious RBG, Hunger Games, ISIS, Hamilton the Musical, and Obama shape 2046 for better or worse?
Do Your Spirits Need Reviving?
The sugarplums have danced, presents are unwrapped (some even returned), trash cans are bulging along with our waistlines, and there are three days remaining in 2016. Now that we have finished our Christmas lists, most Americans turn to compiling a list of New Year's resolutions.
The Little Drummer Boy Got it Right
As mentioned last week singing familiar songs can become monotonous and it was this very problem that inspired Isaac Watts to pen Joy to the World. For believers thoughts and celebrations of Christmas should always done in light of the cross. Without the birth of Christ there would be no resurrection of Christ. It is this joy that is celebrated in the beloved hymn of Joy to the World.
The Abundant Life
Music and specifically carols are such a wonderful part of the Christmas season. Like anything else, singing very familiar songs can become rote, but beginning today I would encourage you to really pay attention to the lyrics. So many of them are full of rich reminders of the true meaning of Christmas-the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We Are All Economists
We are all striving for the elusive "abundant life" or longing to flourish. The culture defines this as success in terms of power, position, and wealth. It should be no surprise that this is not how Christ describes success.
Thanksgiving vs Thanks-Living
We all think economically, Christians included, whether or not we know it. We all make choices about how to obtain and spend scarce resources. Most of us also care deeply about how to deal with scarcity, distribute wealth, and maximize prosperity throughout our society. The only difference is how clearly we think through these choices and valuations.
Technology Is Shaping Your Spiritual Life
Charles Spurgeon says, "I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will."
Faith, Work & Art?
Technology is so much a part of our lives that we often do not realize its impact. It certainly is not all bad, but technology does seem to be one of those areas that we tend to be a bit careless about and underestimate its influence on our lives. One of The Collaborative's mantra is to be more intentional about everything we do and technology is no exception.
"Taking Time for Beauty and Wonder" a sermon by Dr. David D. Swanson
The work of the artist should be squarely in the faith and work conversation. For art is an expression of God’s missional work. Both artistic citizens and art itself help build the common good.
Why Art Should Matter to Christians
Dr. David Swanson, pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, preaches on the significance of beauty in God's design and art as beauty's delivery vehicle.
Rethinking Our Work Renews Our Minds
What a great question! Should art matter to Christians? This is a topic that can be difficult to get our minds around, but that does not negate the need for us to explore the subject more intentionally.
The Church & Culture
Praying through your work may be a new idea for some, but I can attest from personal experience, praying through my work has been a transformational exercise over the years. Work so dominates certain seasons of our lives that we ought to be in an ongoing dialogue with God through expressions of thanksgiving, cries of repentance, and pleas of petitions.
Work, not Toil
Will workplace evangelism occur? Absolutely. Will ethics and leadership be an important topic? How could it not? Yet, such work will be coupled with a genuine pursuit of strategies, education and advocacy for the common good whether a confession of faith results or not.
What is Cultural Renewal?
How was your understanding of work formed? Many of us base our understanding of work on a theological misconception.
Working for the Wrong Reasons
What exactly do we mean when we use the term "cultural renewal"?
Our faith certainly affirms rest as part of the regular rhythm of a healthy life. But what about when our weekends and time away becomes our focus? What are we working for then?