The point of theology—I will die on this hill—is to help us become more like Jesus. (Yes, Jesus & Paul BOTH use words that were the equivalent of “jackass” and worse.) If the point of theology is to help us become more like Jesus, then I declare the Jackass Rule: “If your theology doesn’t make … Continue reading The Jackass Rule
America's founding philosophy and Constitution prize the rights of individuals over the collective. This philosophy is opposed by philosophies derived from Marxism, including current critical theory, which emphasize the collective and the group, and ignore the rights of the individual. (This description is oversimplified but accurate.) (Theologically, Christians should care deeply about BOTH individual needs … Continue reading Problems with “Woke”
I am not currently registered as a Republican. But I still think of myself as one. I love Aaron Sorkin, and I especially love HBO's The Newsroom. Yes, Sorkin can be annoying and preachy and way too clever. And the liberals on his shows, especially The West Wing, have this faux-piety and superior wisdom where … Continue reading Why I Still Think I’m a Republican (Rant #1)
Now available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean, the 2nd episode of The Cruciform Podcast. Here are the resources mentioned in the show. The Arbinger Intitute, Leadership and Self-Deception, https://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Self-Deception-Getting-out-Box-ebook/dp/B07DKHH1GC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Leadership+and+Self-Deception&qid=1613567575&sr=8-1 Jim Collins, Good to Great, https://www.amazon.com/Good-Great-Some-Companies-Others-ebook/dp/B0058DRUV6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=IXUAGF82G89Z&dchild=1&keywords=good+to+great+by+jim+collins&qid=1613550527&sprefix=good+to+great%2Caps%2C268&sr=8-1 Jim Collins, How the Mighty Fall, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058DRTYY/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i6 Center for Organizational Design, http://www.centerod.com, http://www.centerod.com/2014/09/empowering-leaders-egoless/ PositivePsychology.com, https://positivepsychology.com/cognitive-distortions/ Here is part of the … Continue reading 2nd Episode: “The Problem with Leading from Your Ego”
Between trying to figure out the technology and leaving the USA and traveling back to Zagreb, this episode has been delayed. But it's here now. LISTEN In this episode, I take the ideas that I introduced in the trailer and expand upon them. What are the main ideas of "Cruciform", what core convictions am I … Continue reading First Episode!
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One of the core convictions I will explore in my podcast is that triumphalism is toxic to Christian faith. What is triumphalism? My definition: it is worshipping or chasing after success as the world defines it. Being obsessed with numbers, attendance, or offering sizes over faithfulness is triumphalist Christianity. Being obsessed with political power is … Continue reading What Is Triumphalism?
I'm starting a podcast. Help me crowdsource this; tell me what you think. Here is the concept: The NAME that I want is "Cruciform: Cross-Shaped Life and Ministry", which appears to be available. ("Cruciform" = "cross-shaped".) Clearly this will belong under Religion & Spirituality. If you don't like that name, what about these alternates? These … Continue reading A Podcast
This was my Thanksgiving message to the American supporters of Biblijski institut. “When you received Jesus Christ as Lord, you approached him with trusting submission and obedience. Continue to walk in him that same way, with him as the foundation and structure of your life, living in keeping with the things you were taught, overflowing … Continue reading “… overflowing with thanksgiving”