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Refuse the Pragmatist Mindset

Well, we’re all pragmatists now. That we’ve all unwittingly imbibed the spirit of the age is evidenced when we only engage in activities or invest in people that add value to our lives. We approach nearly everything with a commercial mindset. We expect—no, we...

Eight Theses on Thinking

I recently finished Alan Jacobs’s little book How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. I kept a notebook by my side as I read, jotting down notes as I worked through it. When I finished, I noticed that I basically had eight succinct statements that might...

Restoring Our Humanity

Like many Christians, the New Year means I once again begin reading through the Bible. Starting at the beginning, therefore, means reading the account of the Fall recorded in Genesis 3. As I read through the chapter, I once more found myself engrossed in the story....

Dealing with Conflict as a Young Pastor

He wasn’t expecting this to happen. No class in seminary prepared him for such an encounter. Let me set the scene. He was twenty-six years old and a few months into his first pastorate. We would describe him as “still wet behind the ears.” Despite his inexperience,...