Author Archives: Ryan Burns

Back to the Basics

I remember it as clear as day. It was a typical Friday morning on my way to school. I had just pulled into the parking lot of the little private school I attended in Northwest Florida; coffee in hand, and … more »

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The Big Short and All Things New

Late last year, the Academy Award winning film, “The Big Short,” hit theaters across the world. It tells the story of the 2008 housing market meltdown. In short, this rendition of the crisis pits Wall Street bankers and federal regulators … more »

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Missio on Work (Ephesians 6:5-9): Motivated by Praise

Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service … more »

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Finding Nemo…and Dory…and Me

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling … more »

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Missio on Ecclesiastes: Maybe I Shouldn’t Turn the TV Off

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … more »

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Missio on Self Reliance: Reflections on The Revenant – How Bad Do You Want It?

Emerging from a late screening of Alejandro Iñárritu’s recent film, The Revenant, I was struck by the indomitable power of the spirit of man. The Revenant tells the story of Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, an early-1800s fur-trader, blazing … more »

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Missio on Grumbling: America, de Tocqueville, and Complaining

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . … more »

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Missio on Joseph: The Shire’s Definition of Success

Take your pick. Pain is weakness leaving the body; impossible is nothing; it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog—there is no shortage of “hype-up” slogans for … more »

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A New Year’s 2016 Wish from October 1863

Two years into the unrelenting carnage of the Civil War, the bloodstained plains of America’s homeland absorbed the lives of countless husbands, fathers, and sons. Families rent apart by the devastation continued to serve and sacrifice. Houses were burned; the … more »

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Getting Under Frank Underwood

sWednesday was a cold and rainy day. The very air was saturated with tension. Every politician, staffer, and government official walked on pins and needles as we hurdled towards a government shutdown. For weeks, the Republicans and the Democrats in … more »

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