Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

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 […]


Happy 5th Birthday Vincent!

May 10, 2014

I used to think grief and celebration were opposites. After all, we’re supposed to rejoice for victories and mourn for losses, right? But to grieve while celebrating sounds contradictory, like trying to face both east and west at the same time. “Celebrating” a loss seems like sticking candles in dung heap and calling it a birthday cake. […]


The TCK issue that won’t go away

April 30, 2014

Being a Third Culture Kid has its pros and cons. Pros: global travel, cross-cultural exposure, international awareness, and geographic adaptability. Cons: answering questions about where you’re from and determining where on the planet you belong. Indeed, TCK life is a mixed bag full of goodies. I remember first hearing “Third Culture Kid” terminology when I […]


Social work and me

March 29, 2014

She was only nineteen, apparently old enough to experience homelessness, single motherhood, domestic violence and the judicial system. As she sat quietly in my cubicle, I tried to obtain some basic information, the colors of her designer handbag echoing louder than any voice in that cold, sterile building. My task: Help her find a job […]


My word for the year

February 21, 2014

How are those new year’s resolutions going? Sticking to that diet, budget, fitness or reading plan? I was supposed to get back to blogging at least once a month in 2014, which obviously didn’t happen in January. But that doesn’t mean I can’t dust myself off and give it another try. So here goes. Perspective. […]


Grief journal (3 years)

November 20, 2013

Three years sounds like a long while, but it’s really not. Time can do many things, but healing all wounds isn’t one of them. The pain of losing Vincent hasn’t subsided, yet the rhythms of grief have changed, at least for me. Generally speaking, daily functioning has gradually grown easier, but anniversaries and birthdays seem […]


Is there hope for apologetics?

July 31, 2013

I remember attending a debate in college between a Christian and an atheist. Before it started, the room was abuzz with anticipation, like a stadium before kickoff. After the competitors were introduced to applause and scattered boos, they each proceeded to argue forcefully for their belief system, trading punch lines and other rhetorical jabs. Along […]


Loon’s linkage (May/June ’13)

June 30, 2013

Richard Foster remembers Dallas Willard. Rachel Pieh Jones shares 15 things she wants to tell her Third Culture Kids. Andy Campbell asks an important question. Mary Bassey writes an open letter to her TCK identity. Brant Himes on Kuyper, common grace and taking the long view Katelyn Beaty on her calling as a female breadwinner Tyler Wigg-Stevenson on why activism […]