Creating a mix tape took time and patience, an ardent attentiveness that I’m not sure I possess anymore. So why did we do it? Because of a truth that has not changed for centuries: Songs can give expression to our experience.
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We are living in a cultural season in which a kind of “stand alone authenticity” is celebrated and encouraged everywhere. It’s a false idol that needs to be discerned, named and rejected.
For most people the idea of being interviewed by the church council is somewhere on the spectrum between anxiety-producing and utterly terrifying. Here are a few ways to make the interview a more joyful, life-giving process.
Contextualization is not just the stuff of foreign missions. It affects how high-school age students think about living out the Gospel in the local context.
We're bombarded with ads that tell us we'll be happier with a drink in our hands, a diamond on her finger, an in-home theatre, and better-smelling armpits. I'm not immune to it — I still fight the temptation to compare myself to others. But, here's what I try to remember.