The Prophetic Hope of LeBron James

As far as I am concerned, today is the perfect day and all is well in the universe. The Cleveland Cavaliers are headed back to the NBA Finals. Now—if you are not a Cavs fan, don’t like sports, or are not from Northeast Ohio—then, this probably is not something that you are overly excited about. […]

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Playing with Our Food: A Sharp Look at the Church

[Disclaimer: This post is provocative and likely controversial.] As a child, my dad lied to me. At each meal, I would find a myriad of less-than-desirable foods on my plate. Under my dad’s tutelage, I’d be encouraged to ingest pears, cantaloupe, and beets alike with the promise that they were “nature’s candy.” My mind would […]

Mourning is a Gift

I want to suggest that God wants us to mourn. This may seem like a provocative statement to make—especially in the landscape of the Church’s subtle insistence that the merit of following Jesus is based on his faithfulness to take one’s problems away. After all, isn’t the culminating vision of the Kingdom one in which […]

Panhandling for Value

If you’ve spent any time in the city, any city for that matter, then you have no doubt seen this image. Hordes of people make their way from one location to another. They clamor from the stadium to the car. They meander from one bar to the next. To be honest, the origins and destinations […]