Missing the Moneyball

The movie Moneyball brought to light something that has happens in a lot of areas of our culture: We make decisions all the time based on information that doesn’t really impact the result we are trying to get. Two examples from today’s newspaper:  Only 80,000 jobs added in October, but unemployment rate drops. The unemployment…… Continue reading Missing the Moneyball

The weird side of Christians and politics

Preamble: Understand in reading this post that I’m a swing voter and my #1 criteria for voting is, “Can this person lead in the role they are running for?” Side issues mean almost nothing to me in light of that one framing question. I cringe when I hear evangelical Christians being grouped together as a…… Continue reading The weird side of Christians and politics

Business Models in the Church

We celebrate businesses acting more like ministries. We love TOMS Shoes buy one give one mantra. We adore that Chic-fil-A is closed on Sunday in observance of the sabbath. We show all our friends that In-N-Out has bible verses stamped on the bottom of their cups. We got teary eyed watching Undercover Boss when the…… Continue reading Business Models in the Church

Getting away from pendulum thinking

Our culture is dominated by pendulum thinking. We have a tendency to think in extremes. There’s something in our cultural make-up which makes it difficult to think about minor corrections as we default to massive swings. It’s “either or” thinking… and it drives me mad. It’s been going on for a while. In fact, it…… Continue reading Getting away from pendulum thinking

Why Americans are Going Local

Yesterday Kristen and I listened to an author, Andrew Potter, describe the American movement towards all things local and eco-friendly as conspicuous consumption. It felt like an elitist slap in the face. His book is called, The Authenticity Hoax. (I’ve not read it) You can see the transcript to the Marketplace segment, “The new holier than…… Continue reading Why Americans are Going Local

Two views of the local church

There are two sides to every coin, aren’t there? I’ve had this post stuck in my head for several weeks– and I think the illustration says it all. Church leaders: Complacency sneaks in. We surround ourselves with people who go to church. We spend a lot of our time at the church. Our perspective becomes…… Continue reading Two views of the local church