But They Forget

It’s no secret that I’ve never been a fan of Mark Driscoll. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not saddened to watch the fallout for him and the Church when the recent backlash against him surges to new levels. He just announced he’s now stepping down for a break while his church investigates the charges against him.

If you read the article found in the link above you see an interesting summary of Driscoll’s career. One quote in particular caught my eye.

“My sense is that many of the celebrity religious leaders are well aware of and intentionally attempt to guard themselves against sexual and financial temptations. But they forget that pride comes before a fall.” Scott Thumma, Hartford Seminary sociologist

How tragic that we could intentionally guard ourselves in dangerous areas only to be blinded by pride. I’m haunted by that conclusion. I pray that Mark’s story and Scott Thumma’s conclusion would provide us a reminder to recognize the role that Christ alone plays in our life.

Rewrite Everything Ever Written

Everything has already been said and done. But, then, if this is so, why do we need more poems in the world? I once read a Jane Hirshfield interview where she said something quite wonderful. She essentially said we have to keep writing because it’s every generation’s job to put in the present vernacular poems that are called upon for rites of passage, such as poems read at weddings or funerals. I hadn’t thought of this before. Your ordinary citizen should be able to go to the library and find a poem written in the current vernacular, and the responsibility for every generation of writers is to make this possible. We must, then, rewrite everything that has ever been written in the current vernacular, which is really what the evolution of literature is all about. Nothing new gets said but the vernacular keeps changing.

Mary Ruefle


We often sacrifice the moment for the future, but we create the future by engaging the moment.

Moment Maker

For a few weeks now I’ve been thinking about my message for our worship night last Sunday. We landed on the theme “Moments.” When I met with some of the Creative Arts people to talk through it a few of them recommended I read a recent book on a similar subject by Carlos Whittaker. His book is called Moment Maker and turned out to be a surprisingly engaging experience. Whittaker reads like a young Bob Goff (a bit crazy with a healthy dose of witty humor). He’s the perfect guy to write a book about making moments happen. As you can see in the video above, he has a track record of crazy stories happening around him.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from his book:


Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2014)

Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2014)

I spent the last two days flooded with insights and encouragement from speakers at the Leadership Summit. For those of you who may be unaware, The Leadership Summit is a two day conference hosted by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Central has hosted the event the last few years at one of our campuses.

Below I’ve selected twenty of my favorite quotes from the event. Each of these quotes is my best representation in writing of what they said verbally or a summary thereof. Any errors in wording are my own. Click here to see other posts I’ve done featuring my top 20 quotes.


A Theological Response to Robin Williams (and Matt Walsh)

This is one part of a two part response to the suicide of Robin Williams and Matt Walsh’s blog about him. Click here to see a psychiatric response.

It’s hard to miss headline writers like Matt Walsh these days. He gives voice to the super conservatives among us and is one heck of a catchy writer. In light of the latest celebrity tragedy this week, Walsh wrote the following tweet for his blog post.

As you can imagine, this garnered a fair amount of criticism. He wasted no time returning the fire and putting the blame back on his critics: 

To answer his question, we were reading his post where he said that the disease Robin Williams had was irrelevant to the fact that he chose suicide. Walsh chooses to play dumb to this association but he shows a dangerous way of approaching people with pain in the midst of weakness.