Two San Diego State Universities: The Power of Winning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVrNkqoBomw& I’m new to State. I moved into the College Area in 2008 and quickly adopted them. I’m not an alumni. I didn’t grow up in San Diego. They are just the school that’s near my house and I enjoy going to football and basketball games. At the same time, living so close to campus,…… Continue reading Two San Diego State Universities: The Power of Winning

Do we live on the same planet?

Sometimes I’ll meet a person in ministry and think, “Do we live on the same planet?”  I’ve got a really solid core group of kids each Wednesday night– I think they have a chance at winning the Bible quizzing championship. Our high school students are very involved in the community. Each year we get together…… Continue reading Do we live on the same planet?

The Godfather, Scene One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB9cLr7OR-A& Easily my favorite films. Right from the first scene you see that the world is controlled by two competing mores. First, the surface world where law & order seemingly rule in a land where everyone is equal. Second, the underworld which truly defines what law & order means for a certain class of people.…… Continue reading The Godfather, Scene One

City People Really are Wired Differently

In 2002, Kristen and I considered a position at a lovely church in rural Nebraska. The nearest large city was Lincoln some two hours away. The town was quaint and cute as a postcard. But as we dug into the realities of moving somewhere with one coffee shop, a small grocery store, a gas station,…… Continue reading City People Really are Wired Differently

iPhone, Your New Cigarettes

The parallels between the iPhone in 2011 and cigarettes in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s are stunning. It’s iconic. It’s celebrated as the cool thing. It’s a status symbol. It’s celebrated in the media. It’s manufacturer is getting rich. There are cheap imitations. (Sorry Android users) It’s addicting, but not viewed as a serious…… Continue reading iPhone, Your New Cigarettes