Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

Happy 7th birthday Vincent!

May 10, 2016

Six years ago, they told us what no parent wants to hear. “Your son has a tumor. Stage four.” We had just celebrated Vincent’s first birthday. He was almost walking, learning his first words. Making sense of the treatment schedule was like deciphering a grid containing every bus route in the city. Our movements were […]

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10 reasons to buy (at least some of) your books at Archives

March 31, 2016

As one of several hundred Fuller Seminary students fortunate enough to live across the street from Archives Bookshop, I originally posted this last week on our student housing facebook page. I’m re-sharing it here for the benefit of other Pasadena friends, as well as anyone with the opportunity to shop at an independent bookstore near […]


Five years without Vincent

November 20, 2015

On November 20, 2010, our second son, Vincent Wing Seun Stringer, died at the age 18 months following a 6-month battle with liver cancer. That night, I wrote the first of many blog posts working though my grief, attempting to grapple with what just happened. For the next year, I posted a public entry into […]


Remembering Dad

October 11, 2015

Today makes 10 years since the passing of my dad, Dr. Ronald B. Stringer. I was barely 25 at the time, married before kids, whatever that was like. Much has happened since October 11, 2005. To mark the occasion, here’s an excerpt from my essay, Pulling Teeth published last year in the book, Father Factor. […]


Happy 6th Birthday Vincent!

May 10, 2015

The last time Mother’s Day fell on May 10th, I was in the hospital. Not because I was sick, far from it. Our second son, Vincent Wing Seun Stringer had just been born. I don’t remember much about that day, except feeling surprisingly relaxed. It was a peaceful Sunday morning without any traffic on the pre-delivery […]


Update, announcement, invitation

January 31, 2015

In this post, you’re getting an update, an announcement, and an invitation. First, the update: Back in December, I started a new part-time job at Door of Hope, an amazing non-profit organization whose mission is equipping homeless families to rebuild their lives. Given my social work experience addressing homelessness back in Hawaii, I’ve been thankful for the […]


Introducing Vincent

November 20, 2014

As a parent, I love introducing my children to people. It’s one thing to tell others about my sons, but another thing to introduce them personally. The fun part for me is watching the interaction between my sons and my friends. There’s a unique joy that comes from bringing worlds together, initiating connections between persons […]


The one thing seminary will do for you

October 31, 2014

Say the word “seminary” and you might evoke strong opinions. To go or not to go? A worthwhile investment or a financial burden? Spiritually enriching or counterproductive? Is seminary an essential preparation step for pastors or has it become obsolete? Is XYZ seminary too liberal or too conservative?  These are today’s juicy questions about seminary. […]


Shameless plug for an awesome book I’m in

September 23, 2014

In March of last year, Andy Campbell asked me to write an essay for an upcoming book he was editing on faith and fatherhood featuring contributions from 40 Christian men under the age of 40. Saying yes was the easy part. Then came writing, editing, revising and re-writing. The process took a while, but I’m very […]

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California, here we come!

August 20, 2014

I moved 10 times growing up. As a TCK, these included moves to new neighborhoods, states, countries and continents. Shortly after college, I got married, returned “home” to Hawaii and stayed put for 10 years straight, an eternity by TCK standards. Honolulu is where I got my first real job, lost a parent, preached my first […]