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What Does Clapham Do?

Going Public

Last week, I wrote how a creative minority requires a three-year reorientation before “going public.” Why? The answer has to do with mustard seeds.

A Personal Note

There’s a series of fascinating encounters in 2 Kings 6 that speak to a sharp contrast: the real world that folks inhabited for centuries – and the unreal one that most of us inhabit today.

Good To Be Speechless

Let’s say you’re a Christian. Jack Dorsey shoots you an email, asking for advice. How can Twitter be improved? What do you say?

4-H Club

Many rural millennials feel 4-H Clubs are old-fashioned. That’s how most millennial Christians feel about changing the world, especially through evangelism. And I can’t blame them.

Drunkard Nation

Two days from now, a new administration will be inaugurated. But let’s not entertain false hopes. After Wednesday, most of the US population will probably remain drunkards.

Are We Keeping It?

Events of this past week remind us of Benjamin Franklin’s cautionary reply to a good question.

A Third Way?

Our son Mark recently asked me to describe my politics. Here’s the gist of what I told him.

An Extraordinary Year?

This year certainly hasn’t felt ordinary. Then again, if you follow the church calendar, every year has seasons that aren’t supposed to feel ordinary.

The Seriousness of Christmas

This Thursday is Christmas Eve. It marks the end of Advent. But it also reminds us of the seriousness of Christmas.