Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

Happy 4th Birthday Vincent!

May 10, 2013

Today is your day, Vincent. Happy birthday! We’ve got cake, presents, and a song for you. Your mom, brothers and I are ready to celebrate. For the past two and a half years, your memory has been mostly about me. It’s been about my loss, my sorrow, my questions, and my feelings. My thoughts about […]


Loon’s linkage (March/April ’13)

April 30, 2013

Philip Yancey remembers Brennan Manning. Ava Neyer’s humorous take on the contradictory advice of baby sleep books J.R. Rozko recaps highlights (and others’ feedback) from the inaugural Missio Alliance gathering. Kate Shellnutt on another layer of complexity faced by women preachers The open secret about pastors, via J.R. Briggs Lilian Daniel on why “Christian” might be an ok label after all Todd […]

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Book review: Creating a Missional Culture

March 27, 2013

Who has time to read every new book with the word “missional” in its title? Personally, I haven’t always been a fan of how this buzzword gets used, whether to baptize PR strategies aimed at boosting Christianity’s poll numbers or to unveil ecclesiological secrets promising to revolutionize the face of ministry as we know it. […]


Loon’s linkage (January/February ’13)

February 28, 2013

A field guide for pastoral facial hair Philip Yancey suggests a 5-word summary of the Bible. Robert Chao Romero reflects on growing up half-Chinese and half-Mexican. Gregory Wolfe on the “whispered” faith of today’s literature High school math teacher Jake Scott raps about the “Quadradic Formulatic.” Alexandra Bradner on why America’s “favorite joke” is anything but funny. Gary Brinn lists 9 secrets […]


Why the local church?

January 30, 2013

The church is no ordinary organization. We know this intuitively, as even the word ‘church’ can provoke strong reactions. Many of my postmodern peers seek deep spirituality, but resist the concept of church, preferring instead to identify as spiritual but not religious. Comparing the church to other kinds of organizations is tricky. Every local church has […]


2012 in Stringerland

December 31, 2012

As I write this, our boys sleep peacefully undisturbed (so far) by the sound of neighborhood fireworks heralding 2013’s arrival. Much has happened in Stringerland in the past 365 days since last New Year’s Eve. Perhaps the question is not, what has changed? but what hasn’t? For starters, there is a new person in our family. On […]


Loon’s linkage (October–December ’12)

December 30, 2012

Eugene Cho on making sense of the senseless Rachel Held Evans on why she loves the Bible and why God can’t be kept out Andy Crouch on why true compassion requires turning off the news Kristen Gaylord on stuff Christian college kids don’t like Peter Leithart on how N.T. Wright stole Christmas Christy Wampole on how to live […]


Film log (2012)

December 29, 2012

Here’s a list of the movies I watched in 2012, admittedly not as diverse as last year’s list of gems and duds. No profound agenda here, just another excuse for a year-end lookback (most recent views at the top). 1. Les Misérables, 2012 2. Safety Not Guaranteed, 2012 3. The Narnia Code, 2009 4. The Hunt […]

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2012 in review: A pivotal year for Honolulu rail transit

December 28, 2012

It’s been an eventful year from nearly every news angle. 2012 saw tightly contested races of both the Olympic and electoral variety. Headlines were dominated by stories of devastating loss domestically (mass shootings, a superstorm) and internationally (Syria, Libya, Israel/Gaza). If that’s not enough to think about, consider the humanitarian crises we largely ignored in […]

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A prayer for baby Andre

November 30, 2012

God our Creator, thank you for the waiting and the joy, thank you for new life and for parenthood, thank you for the gift of Andre, entrusted to our care.   May we be patient and understanding, ready to guide and forgive, that in our love Andre may know your love.   May he grow into […]