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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How God Affects Your Portfolio (Part 2): Giving Someone Else’s Money Away

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The Nuremberg Laws were announced on September 15, 1935. Hitler’s government issued this hair-raising, grotesquely racist legislation which denied, among many other things, the right of Jews to marry Germans. The Confessing Church, which had broken away from the established state church due to an excess of state influence, held a synod shortly thereafter. A pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer thought this would be the perfect opportunity for the church to stand up against Hitler’s National Socialists.   But they did and said absolutely nothing. Read more of this post

What If Hitler is in Heaven?: Finding Faith at the Eleventh Hour

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My friend Ryan sent me an interesting email the other day that got me thinking. He asked a question about ‘last minute conversions’ and wondered why Christians get so bent out of shape thinking that someone may have lived a life incredibly far from God and yet be saved at the last possible second of their life.

If you think it is a petty and prideful position…you may be right.  But before you cast judgment on the Christians who judge these conversions as insincere, double-dealing, or unjust, consider the classic WWII dilemma: Read more of this post

For Better or for Worse: The Real Christian View of Marriage

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Call me a sap, a romantic, a bleeding heart. I don’t care. Coming down off the emotional high of my anniversary (yesterday) is a slow process.  I love my wife, I love being married, and I  love reflecting on those two facts. But our anniversary was also a chance to reflect on something else…the slightly uncomfortable fact that I am, in a very real sense, an anomaly. Read more of this post

Christian Walmart and the Paradox of Choice

I am sitting here in Starbucks with some of my favorite baristas when I hear Jennifer say (mocking a drive through customer) “Aaaaahh…too many choices!”  It’s a common phenomenon apparently: people flustered in the drive through because of the myriad of coffee options presented to them.

Have you ever noticed Read more of this post