“Everyone more or less believes in God or gods. But most of us do our best to keep God on the margins of our lives, or, failing that, we refashion God to suit our convenience. Continue reading “The need for prophets”
Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales, has a podcast that is one part goofy (because Vischer is just that way) and two parts insightful. THIS PODCAST is worth the listen… Continue reading “Veggie Tales, Shifting Demographics, and Luddites”
Last fall I worked through a series called “Living in Babylon.” It was a call to understand the rapidly shifting cultural landscape and then learn how to live like Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, and Esther in Persia. Continue reading “At war with American idolatry”
I know the name Lecrae, but I’ve not listened to his music. Recently he has boldly spoken out about American evangelicalism and the lack of place for people of color. Continue reading “White Evangelicalism”
We all face it as Christian leaders. It’s the temptation of being “up front.” There is a level of influence we have that we pretend to “not want,” but down deep… we like it there. Continue reading “The temptation of the stage”
My kids grew up on Veggie Tales. It was a series of videos using vegetable characters like Larry the Cucumber. One of the creators of the show, Phil Vischer, now has a podcast that mixes his crazy ADHD comments and some serious discussion on current issues in culture with an evangelical Christian perspective.
His latest podcast included an interview with Liz Dong and raises again the incredible misunderstanding we often have when it comes to immigration issues.
During the last election cycle, I would consistently raise issues on immigration and get chided. Someone finally mentioned that when it came to Christians, it’s not immigration that’s the problem, it’s illegal immigration.
Liz Dong demonstrates what happens when we try to give simple answers to complex issues. Liz Dong came to the U.S. with her mom. Due to a series of issues that you need to read about and listen to, Liz Dong, an evangelical Christian, is an illegal immigrant going through her master’s program in Chicago and also working for World Relief.
We can see, “Hey, it’s not about immigration, it’s about illegal immigration,” but when it’s one of our “tribe”, we end up finding another nuance.
Her story is worth getting to know.
The podcast is HERE and worth the time to listen.
You can read a column she wrote HERE.
If you can spare two minutes, watch this video.
We are simply better off as believers if we will take more time to learn and less time to simply react off emotional campaign slogans.
I’ve been to a few baseball games this year. I’ve kind of sworn off of NFL games, but not because of Colin Kaepernick. It traces back to the arrogance of the NFL, willfully ignored the concussion issue, and I could go on about that. Continue reading “The Flag, the Anthem, the First Amendment”