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Where Human Beings Love to Live

“I choose not to walk by it….”  Ashley Marsh, Opelika, Alabama, 21st-century “Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way…but you can never again say that you did not know.”  William Wilberforce, London, England, 18th-century … more »

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The Beauty in Waiting

Mikel Bulgakov’s Russian masterpiece “Master and Margarita” follows the Devil, Woland, and his minions as they descend upon Moscow to terrorize, destroy, and uproot society. However, despite his unsettling violence, Woland ultimately serves as a force of good and truth … more »

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The Culture is Upstream from Politics, Again

When I was a boy, my grandfather and I spent summers buying cattle throughout Colorado. Mostly of course, he was the buyer, but there were moments when, with a certain twinkle in his eye, he would let me be the … more »

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Culture is Upstream from Politics: 50 Responses

When I was a boy, my grandfather and I spent summers buying cattle throughout Colorado. Mostly of course, he was the buyer, but there were moments when, with a certain twinkle in his eye, he would let me be the … more »

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The Culture is Upstream from Politics

The culture is upstream from politics, always and everywhere. A few days ago I made that argument at the University of North Carolina, giving the Wilberforce Lecture. While each week my work matters, and each time I speak I feel … more »

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Pilgrims in the Ruins

Pilgrims in the ruins. The image caught me, and years later I am still living with it. Simply said, it captured the challenge of living in a world where we stumble in the ruins, sinners that we are, sinned against … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: How Reading is Fundamental to Fulfilling the Cultural Mandate Today

To dwell in theory and abstraction serves as one of Christianity’s most tempting and crippling sins. Thinking is easy; working is hard. As the insightful Don Chaffer sings, we are far too often “long on diagnosis and short on cure.” … more »

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Missio on Daniel: Living in Babylon

Jeremiah 29 instructed the Israelites in exile in Babylon to live and work for the good of the pagan society in which they were immersed.  The first six chapters of the book of Daniel give pictures of Israelites who tried … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: The TV Won’t Stop Talking

The TV won’t stop talking. I hear so many words – terrible news stories, shallow comedy shows, meaningless reality programs, this celebrity this, that sports game that – following me wherever I go. It’s on all day at work, my … more »

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Doorways to Transcendence

“Windows to transcendence” is the metaphor the brilliant sociologist Peter Berger offered, describing the way we see and don’t see the reality of the world around us. He argued that the Enlightenment vision of the modern world has closed those … more »

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