Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

Category: culture

April 30, 2014

The TCK issue that won’t go away

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...

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March 27, 2013

Book review: Creating a Missional Culture

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....

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January 30, 2013

Why the local church?

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...

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December 28, 2012

2012 in review: A pivotal year for Honolulu rail transit

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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June 19, 2012

Growing up evangelical: A sacred-secular chronology

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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April 21, 2012

April’s beautiful game

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...

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June 20, 2011

Grief journal (7 months)

Grieving has been surprisingly easy this month. Maybe it’s because we’ve been in the Philippines for the last 5 weeks, removed from most of the common “triggers” associated with routine life at home. Or perhaps it’s because of a more frightening thought: I’m moving on. Let’s stick with the first option. It’s one thing to...

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January 25, 2011

Jesus is my mental illness

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick.” –Matthew 9:6 True story. Last night, the instructor for my mental health practice course referenced the fact that people who are diagnosed with a severe mental illness will sometimes wander into churches because “they want to see Jesus.” Makes sense, I thought. If the...

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