How Can I Be Whole?: What It Means to Have Integrity

Integrity. We throw that word around more than Tony Romo throws a football.

“We have to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

“I am really doing this album for my artistic  integrity.”

“The integrity of our military defenses has been compromised.”

“Our professional values are transparency, honesty, and integrity.”

The Oscars recently banned voters from attending parties thrown by film companies after the release of the nominees. Why? To protect, “the integrity of the awards process,” says Academy President, Tom Sherak.

We use this word about institutions, investigations, individuals, and inanimate objects. I often wonder if it has much meaning when we say it anymore. Read more of this post

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Why Are You So Busy?

Especially at this time of the year, when the academic world revs its engine, students, teachers, and parents have a ready-made answer to the typical “How are you?” question. “Good,”  (insert smile that shifts seamlessly into a knowing look of concern), “but super busy.”

The typical American today strives to be as attractive as the models on fashion magazine covers, as successful in work as Bill Gates, as sensitive a spouse and parent as Ward and June Cleaver, and as death-defyingly healthy as Lance Armstrong–all while maintaining the inner peace of the Dalai Lama. (Barnes, The Pastor as Minor Poet, 92).

Sound like anyone you know? Does it sound like you? Sometimes I think it certainly sounds like me. Read more of this post

A Short Letter to an Atheist about Rob Bell and Christian Controversy

This post is a reply to Ronnie, an atheist writing on Jon Kuhrt’s blog about his experience with Rob Bell and the surrounding Christian controversy.

Ronnie,

Thanks for being so transparent with your journey. I, for one, think I need to apologize on behalf of Christians for the rancorous rhetoric and contentious conflict surrounding Bell and his latest book. Another book that gets at the heart of this conflict, I think, is Prodigal God, by Tim Keller. Read more of this post