Thoughts About Rogue One (Spoilers)

December 16, 2016Reviews, Star Wars

Rogue One SPOILERS AHEAD…. proceed with caution… As I said with Episode VII, I don’t know if it is possible to underplay the difficulty of making a Star Wars film. The expectations are high and the emotional connection is so deep. With Rogue One, we can add to that the foreknowledge an audience has of … Read More

Earning The Right To Christmas

December 7, 2016Christianity, Worship

If I want the public practice/expression of my faith to be welcomed by those who don’t share it, I get to (have to) earn that right. I’ve never argued someone into respecting my faith. Ever. I’ve only ever lived well enough that folks who might even despise my religion choose to respect my practice of … Read More

White Supremacy and Me

November 26, 2016Justice, Politics, Race, Reconciliation

White supremacy is rarely direct. That’s part of why so few of us believe we have any kind of relationship to it. But bad ideas, like all ideas, evolve and adapt over time. Good and bad ideas, if they evolve to become part of our regular living, tend to become “invisible” or “baked in,” so … Read More

Media Bias, Hatred and Empathy

November 4, 2016Justice, Politics, Reconciliation, Teaching

The media is biased. Now, let’s put aside the more nuanced reality that there is no “Media” in the sense that there is no singular, monolithic “MediaBeast” that can effectively, collectively or helpfully be critiqued. Let’s agree that there are, instead, thousands (maybe tens of thousands?) of news outlets and platforms, each rooted in and sifting information through its … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #8: Katelyn Beaty

October 14, 2016Christianity, Podcast, Politics, Reconciliation

My guest on episode 8 is author and journalist Katelyn Beaty. Christianity Today made Katelyn the first female managing editor in the magazine’s 60-year history. She also happened to be the youngest managing editor during that same time span.  Earlier this year, she released her first book, Entitled “A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for … Read More

News, Truth And Interpretation

August 30, 2016Leadership, News, Reflections

Sure, CNN, MSNBC and FOX have their agendas. But to simply say “I don’t believe a word of it” is just lazy. Every bit of information I’ll ever receive is coming at me from an angle. This is why Neitzche wrote “there is no truth, only interpretation.” I think that’s largely true (see what I did … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #6: Jeremy Courtney

August 13, 2016Advocacy, Podcast

Jeremy Courtney is my guest on episode #6 of the @ Sea Podcast. Along with his wife Jessica, he is the founder of the Preemptive Love Coalition, an organization describing themselves as “a global movement of peacemakers changing the way the world engages polarizing conflict by confronting fear with acts of love.”  Here’s why I’ve … Read More