The Best of the 2010s

A few years ago I had a conversation with JR Briggs about his ministry Kairos Partnerships. The name is inspired by the two different words the Greeks have for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos meaning time like a clock, something sequential, never slowing or speeding. Kairos meaning moments that carry extra weight and have a transcendent…

Best of 2019

Here’s my annual list of what I see as a mix of the best and my favorites of 2019 in music, books, podcasts, and a few of my things as well. Music—Songs 1. “Jacob” by Chris Renzema 2. “Pin It Down” by Madison Cunningham 3. “Pictures” by Judah and the Lion feat. Kacey Musgraves 4. “Heavyweight…

Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is often thought of as an individual struggle, yet it also invades systems and relationships, leaving not just people but whole communities stuck in its grip. Steve Cuss helps identify why anxiety affects people and groups but also practical steps forward to loosen anxiety’s grip. Steve Cuss is a pastor and former hospital chaplain…

The Unlived Life

In episode 5 during the 3rd season of the Netflix series The Crown, Queen Elizabeth II (marvelously played by Olivia Colman) spends a month traveling to different parts of the world studying best practices for raising horses for racing. Toward the end of her trip she shares with her friend Henry Herbert that the trip was one…

The Positivity Gospel

The positivity gospel of “you are enough” and “your positive words can overcome your negative world” is all around us, but what if it isn’t true? On this episode Eric Nelson outlines what the positivity gospel is, what it gets wrong, how to handle conversations with those sharing its message, and much more. Listen to…