LLM: October 2014

View From the Middle (Age) I think of myself as young, but society (and my ...

Divine Comedy: A Heroic Lefty and a Hefty King

Have you heard the one about the fat man, the southpaw and the toilet? Everyone loves a good joke. Well, almost everyone. The people who don’t like jokes usually are the people who are the brunt of jokes — those whose identities are made into punch lines. And after the story is told, they are […]

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LLM: October 2014

View From the Middle (Age) I think of myself as young, but society (and my younger co-workers) might not agree. After all, I’ve never used Netflix, and I own two VCRs. The music of my youth is now on the oldies station, and if I can’t find a song there, I can turn to my […]

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Sharing Stories and Connecting in Church

Gospel tracts, street preachers with bullhorns and sidewalk witnessing — these things seem like evangelistic efforts of yesteryear. In all of our innovative efforts to engage culture, have evangelical Christians left evangelism behind? The church does not have the option of sitting idly by while the world continues to shape, transform and influence culture and […]

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Overlooked by the Church

When I attended church for the first time, a tall guy with a soul patch (the seemingly universal requirement of a male youth pastor) approached. He said he saw my sister and me in service and wanted to invite us to the youth group that met later that night. I said, “Yeah, maybe,” which meant […]

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Share the Good Story

In most of the conjecture about how different each generation is from the last, we exaggerate our Western supposition that individuals are capable of significant uniqueness. The truth is less exhilarating: In their essential makeup, generations are boringly redundant. Sure, Millennials text more than Gen Xers, and young Millennials tend to live longer in their […]

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Committed to Character, Connecting to Christ

The body of Christ is a thriving, moving, living being. It is constantly growing and waning, breathing and dying. What makes a body is the connection of its parts. If the foot becomes detached, it ceases to be a useful part of the body. It is the same for us; a person must stay connected […]

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The Death of the Church

The problem with following Jesus is that doing so brings us to the cross. Following Jesus everywhere but to the cross is a popular rerouting of the American church. Our avoidance of death results from our disbelief that God raised Jesus from the dead and will do the same with us. In his classic fourth-century […]

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Equipping Graduates Who Will Engage the Culture and Change the World

Preacher. Missionary. Teacher. Evangelist. These were the intended professions of the 13 graduating seniors in Seattle Pacific College’s class of 1924. In 2014, more than 1,200 students earned their undergraduate and graduate degrees from what is now Seattle Pacific University. They will become clergy, businesspeople, engineers, psychologists, authors, medical researchers, educators and professionals in every […]

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Become Someone You Never Knew You Could Be and Do It All With Purpose

Because a title may define your job, but a purpose gives it meaning. Let’s just get it right out in the open — we don’t graduate clock punchers. No matter where you see yourself — in a laboratory or a boardroom, behind a pulpit or in front of kindergartners — there’s a big difference between […]

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