Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

Grief journal (2 years)

November 20, 2012

“There’s a hole in the world now. In the place where he was, there’s now just nothing. A center like no other, of memory and hope and knowledge and affection which once inhabited this earth is gone. Only a gap remains.” –Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son It’s been two years since we said a […]


Loon’s linkage (September ’12)

September 30, 2012

Graham Scharf on why telling well-crafted stories honors and respects our kids David Gushee raises 15 refreshingly substantive questions for the presidential candidates Daniel Siedell on “the hilarious violence of grace” Monica Selby on what Christians can learn from the Chicago teacher strikes Michael Gerson on the failure of partisan approaches to economic opportunity


7 churches in 9 days

August 22, 2012

A couple months ago, a rare opportunity arose. My wife, who is employed at our neighborhood Lutheran church, took a trip to visit her family with our son for 2 weeks. With no official church responsibilities during this period, I suddenly had the freedom to partake of wild and crazy weekend indulgences I’ve always wanted […]


Loon’s linkage (July ’12)

July 31, 2012

The Sierra Club’s Hawaii Chapter explains their support for Honolulu’s Rail Transit project with the FAQ to end all FAQs. Josh Weed bravely defies some of the most loaded stereotypes I can think of. Speaking of labels, Richard Mouw reflects on ‘evangelical.’ When Nadia Bolz-Weber tells her story, you might want to listen. Tim Stafford (father of […]

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Loon’s linkage (June ’11)

June 30, 2012

Sandra McCracken on crafting music with children in mind Stephen Monsma on two half-answers to poverty Laurie Chandlar on pursuing the creative office Neil Jasperse on American exceptionalism—in God’s eyes Jamison Galt on how the history of the world is enacted in the process of bread-making Amy Black on a recent study documenting the rise in party polarization Mimi Haddad on the […]


Growing up evangelical: A sacred-secular chronology

June 19, 2012

Raise your hand if you grew up evangelical. Does anyone remember those CCM store displays attempting to lure customers with comparisons like, “If you like Sting, you might like Steven Curtis Chapman” or “If you like Jewel, you might like Rebecca St. James”? Among the peculiar realities of growing up evangelical was navigating the strange […]

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Loon’s linkage (April/May ’12)

May 31, 2012

Rachel Held Evans on why we should all be laughing hysterically in the magazine aisle Brett McCracken on why partisanship is the new normal Comment interviews Lauren Winner about her work as a writer, teacher and preacher Karen Swallow Prior on why Facebook removed photos of a dying infant Andy Crouch on the secret to city-wide culture making […]


Happy 3rd Birthday Vincent!

May 10, 2012

Dear Vincent, I wish you were here today. There’s plenty of birthday cake and ice cream, but I’ll be helping myself to your share since that’s how I self-medicate. You’re either 3 years old but not really with us, or somehow still with us but not really 3 years old. Maybe I’ll borrow your birthday […]


April’s beautiful game

April 21, 2012

At least one of three things comes to mind when I hear the word baseball: my dad, my childhood and of course, the San Francisco Giants. The above photo was taken at blustery Candlestick Park in the summer of 1991. As you can see, Dad and my 7-year-old sister didn’t need to be reminded to look […]


Loon’s Linkage (March ’12)

March 31, 2012

Just one this month from Brett McCracken: In Praise of Being Out of the Loop Thanks, I needed to hear that.