• Preparing for 2021

    What is culture? If we are to be in the world, not of it, then we must consider what it is that we are “in.” It is not just the world that we are in, it is a particular culture (or multiple cultures). And therefore, we need to consider culture more deeply. (This has become more clear to me for multiple reasons including the two previous posts on this blog about 1) what do I mean to be in the world for God or in God for the world and 2) having influence not fame?) So, developing a better understanding of culture requires a deeper look – a much deeper…

  • A Clarifying Statement

    What do you want from your life? That question will draw a lot of different responses and many reasons for those responses. I have known my answer for several years, but I have not been able to articulate it as clearly as I would have liked. That changed last week. I will share my newfound clarity momentarily, but first, let me share the challenge. If you have been following this blog for long you know that I want to encourage people, including myself to live in, not of the world. That is the message of fotonni (again, fotonni is in not of spelled backwards – we need to turn the…

  • A Question to Take Seriously

    What is culture? That question is very simple on the surface. We hear the word all the time. The term is common and is used in many different ways. But when you stop to think about the definition, it can be more complex. I recently started a new course as a student to “change” my doctoral degree. Our first assignment was to read a couple of books (actually three, but I am just starting the third one) and develop a cogent definition of culture that will work for our church and the community. Thus, the definition must be broad enough so as not to isolate one particular aspect, but I…