Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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