Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and Only You Had Ever Heard of Jesus

Imagine waking up and only you had heard of The Beatles. That’s the conceit behind the latest movie from director Danny “SlumDog Millionaire” Boyle and screenwriter Richard “Love Actually” Curtis, Yesterday. Yesterday is shaping up to be the feel-good movie of the coming northern summer, in which a talented, but spectacularly unsuccessful musician, Jack Malik, wakes […]

What Johan Cruyff Could Teach Pastors (And Everyone Else) About Identity and Purpose

Dutchman Johan Cruyff was perhaps the greatest footballer/soccer player ever.  Brazil’s Pele might pip him in some polls; George Best was a brief shining superstar. But as the leader of the Ajax FC and Dutch teams’ “total football” approach in the 1970s, plus a glittering playing and coaching career with the famous FC Barcelona, Cruyff, […]

Different Mega-Church: Same Old Scandal

Although I have heard of evangelical mega-pastor James MacDonald, I am not familiar with any of his books. Or his sermons. Or his broadcast messages on Christian radio. And I didn’t know his church, Harvest Bible Chapel,  had 13 thousand members and numerous affiliate churches. I didn’t know MacDonald’s church was in Chicago, however there […]

Yesterday New York Signed Off On Toxic Humanity

Forget toxic masculinity.  Don’t even mention toxic femininity.  Yesterday’s move by the New York legislature to enshrine abortion up to full term in New York State is a prime example of one thing: toxic humanity. But more than that.  The true toxicity is not in the signing of the legislation, but in the unadulterated celebrating […]