Essays

Missio Advent: The Virgin Conception – The Inauguration of a New Creation

During Advent, Missio is concurrently running two series.  On Mondays and Wednesdays Cameron Barham, lead pastor of Christ Community Church in Kennesaw, GA provides Advent devotions from the Gospel of Matthew.  On Fridays, Drew Masterson of The Washington Institute provides … more »

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The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

As I woke this morning, all I could do was shake my head, wondering why and how it could possibly be that yesterday happened; some days are more like that than others. Over the noon hour I spoke to a … more »

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A Film for Advent 2: To Kill a Mockingbird

Patience How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 13:1 Miss Maudie Atkinson: Jem. Jem: Yes, ma’am? Miss Maudie Atkinson: I don’t know if  it will help saying this to you… … more »

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Advent: An Antidote for Despair

Some days, despair can come over us before we’ve even finished our morning coffee.  In an age of ISIS, terrorism, gun violence, a massive refugee crisis, human trafficking, and environmental degradation (just to name a few of our contemporary maladies) … more »

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A Film for Advent 1: Anticipation

Perhaps my favorite thing about the Advent Season is the opportunity to dwell upon some of the richest themes in human existence, observing how they play out in the grand drama of Scripture, as well as in our seemingly mundane … more »

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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Finding the framework isn’t as easy as it may sound.  Truth is, there are many frameworks out there, all beckoning that they will give meaning to the mundane, that they will make all the activities of life make sense.  We … more »

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A Gift from Jeff Taylor – A Worker’s Prayer

Some number of months ago, maybe even a year now, I was speaking at an event in which Buddy Green and Jeff Taylor were the guest musicians.  (Buddy wrote the incredible song “Mary Did You Know?” and Jeff has recorded … more »

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Unconnected in a World of Digital Connections – Part 3: Trinity, Idolatry, Twitter, and Facebook

In the current blog series on communication technologies, we have sought to bring attention to the way in which the specific form of communication influences both the content and user. This is to say that when technology is used as … more »

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Unconnected in a World of Digital Connections – Part 2: We made Twitter, but it also makes us…

The average American spends unprecedented amounts of time in front of digital screens each day. The Guardian recently reported that in 2014 one trillion photos were taken across the globe, including an estimated 30 billion selfies. Over the last century, … more »

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Unconnected in a World of Digital Connections – Part I

Can you imagine a world in which the only means of communication were verbal speech and non-verbal gestures—a world in which there were no alphabetic letters, reading/writing, digital media, or other electronic means of sending messages to people? What effects … more »

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