cultural transmission

September 11, 2015

Who Do You Attract?

By |September 11th, 2015|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , |

I’m not talking about physical attraction. I’m talking about people being drawn to the life you lead and the presence that you carry. To change culture, we must be people of influence, and influence is about attraction. Think about the ministry of Jesus. He attracted people that were hungry. But He also attracted people that were on the edges of society - the demonized, prostitutes, thieves, the social outcasts. These were people who were deeply under the grip of sin, yet they fought to be near Jesus. The man from the Gadarenes was full of demons, but He ran to [...]

February 13, 2015

A Little Perspective On 50 Shades Of Grey

By |February 13th, 2015|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , , , |

So it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and millions of Americans are celebrating with a visit to their local movie theater to catch 50 Shades of Grey.   What a commentary on our culture. I'm not going to rehash why going to the movie is a bad idea.  There have been a lot of excellent articles about why we shouldn't waste our time on this movie.  Read them. Instead, I thought I'd share a few numbers that give some perspective on the effects of violence on women around the world: BY THE NUMBERS: THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN  1 in 4 [...]

November 4, 2014

Does Kingdom matter in this election?

By |November 4th, 2014|Categories: Government|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today is Election Day and we can all celebrate a great victory….NO MORE CAMPAIGN ADS!!!! It really is silly season, isn’t it? Millions of dollars spent to put on full display the vitriol that exists on either side of the political aisle, and for what? What changes tomorrow? More importantly, does anything we do today really effect God’s Kingdom? Johnny Enlow had an interesting post on Facebook this morning that is worth a read. Consider this nugget: Approximately 80% of White Christians will vote Republican. Approximately 75% of Hispanic Christians will vote Democrat. Approximately 95% of Black Christians will vote [...]

August 29, 2014

when you feel small…

By |August 29th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week kicked off going back to school in Texas (and all of the parents shout a hearty HALLELUJAH!)  Going back to school is really exciting, but it’s also really chaotic if your child is in elementary school. This is totally the fault of the parents. The first day of school is the one day of the year that parents show up, cameras ready, to capture the memory of children in their new, first-day-of-school outfit complete with matching backpack/lunch box ensemble. We get photos at home, in front of the school, in the classroom, at their desk and with their [...]

However Long The Night: How One Woman Is Changing Culture

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Social Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week, I’ve been reading a powerful book called However Long The Night by Aimee Molloy. The book shares the story of Molly Melching, a woman you have probably never heard of, whose work is dramatically affecting the lives of millions of African girls. Melching has received numerous awards for her work in empowering African communities through education and training in proper health practices and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, Melching’s organization, Tostan, has done something no other organization has been able to do before: helping to bring an end to the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). FGC is a 2,000 [...]

July 11, 2014

Fat Or Fight: It’s Time To Choose

By |July 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have had a problem with obesity for most of my life, although I didn’t know it. Since I was nine years old, I have been consuming a lot. I consume when I feel bad about myself and when I am worried about my family. I also consume simply because it feels good.  I've tried to do something about it, but just when I get moving, something seems to happen that gets my focus back on consuming. I didn’t think I had a problem. I didn’t notice it was happening.  Until, one day…I looked in the mirror and I didn’t [...]

May 27, 2014

When God Gave Up

By |May 27th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , |

Even as I write this, I am struck by the ridiculousness of that statement. "When God gave up.” We might not say it outright, but so much of what we believe about the world validates it.   Clearly it seems He gave up on: Science – too many Darwinists and athiests hanging out there. Hollywood – the sex, the violence….enough said.  But if I fast-forward the bad parts on the dvd it’s OK to watch it, right? The business world – money is the root of all evil, isn’t it? Government – just a bunch of corrupt, bleeding heart liberals that [...]

January 16, 2014

The War Against Creativity

By |January 16th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It may not seem obvious, but there is a war against creativity.  It’s subtle, fueled by misconceptions and strengthened by our fears.  If we are going be changemakers, we have to rise above this war and activate the "creative" within us. First, let me share two thoughts that contribute to the undermining of creativity.  Misconception #1: You either have it or you don’t A lot of people believe that creativity is an inherent trait.  We all know someone that seems to come up with ideas out of nowhere.  They’re constantly suggesting ideas outside the box and secretly it drives us [...]