Dan Stringer

navigating the convergence of faith, culture and the common good

Why am I a Christian?

April 12, 2011

Something inspired me to write this after reading today’s post from Rachel Held Evans (and the ensuing discussion) on the reasons people become Christians. Why am I a Christian? Choice, chance Oceans, offspring Mentors, mystery Parents, prayer Laughter, lament Investigation, imagination Confession, community Anger, allure Tears, therapy Experience, example Desperation, delight — Freedom, fear Acceptance, […]

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Loon’s linkage (March ’11)

March 31, 2011

Jim Miller offers a poignant and balanced review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins. Someone named Rebecca Stringer has a few tips on how to help a grieving friend. Jamie Smith highlights a key distinction between the task of becoming an “author” and the craft of becoming a “writer.” Peggy Rosenthal astutely explains why working for justice is best done with joyful […]

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Grief journal (4 months)

March 20, 2011

“Catastrophic loss by definition precludes recovery. It will transform us or destroy us, but it will never leave us the same. There is no going back to the past, which is gone forever, only going ahead to the future, which has yet to be discovered. Whatever that future is, it will, and must, include the pain […]

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Loon’s linkage (February ’11)

February 28, 2011

My wife Rebecca has started a brand new blog! In my favorite post so far, she reflects on the unexpected comfort found in Christ’s pain, vulnerability and “glorious wounds.” John Dyer offers some refreshingly sober analysis of the evangelical blogosphere’s recent uproar surrounding Rob Bell’s upcoming book on heaven and hell. Brett McCracken ruminates perceptively on Lady Gaga’s “alien […]

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The best sermon I’ve heard on suffering

February 25, 2011

Growing up in an evangelical household, attending a Christian high school and a Christian college, I’ve heard a lot of sermons in my day. Good ones, lousy ones, eloquent ones, rambling ones, condescending ones and fantastic ones. I’ve even been known to preach a few mediocre ones myself but that’s another can of grubs. Thankfully, […]

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Grief journal (3 Months)

February 20, 2011

“I almost prefer the moments of agony. These are at least clean and honest. But the bath of self-pity, the wallow, the loathsome sticky-sweet pleasure of indulging it—that disgusts me.” –C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed To grieve is to be excessively picky. Say this, not that. A pinch of comfort, but hold the clichés. A […]

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Loon’s linkage (January ’11)

January 31, 2011

Great reads, all of them: Andy Crouch brilliantly ruminates on Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ remarkable ability to “articulate a perfectly secular form hope.” Rachel Held Evans winsomely recounts how trying to love God with her mind put her at odds with an outspoken seminary president. Brett McCracken considers the ways social networking platforms and the “paradox of public […]

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Jesus is my mental illness

January 25, 2011

“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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Grief journal (2 months)

January 20, 2011

“When we gather now there’s always someone missing, his absence as present as our presence, his silence as loud as our speech.” –Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son Vincent died two months ago today. Seems like forever. Feels like yesterday. I think about him all the time, but not often enough. I hate crying, but […]

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Loon’s linkage (December ’10)

December 31, 2010

The New Year brings a host of opportunities for reflection and new beginnings. In that vein, I’ve decided to start up a new feature here on the blog. Cue drumroll… Behold, I hereby present the inaugural edition of Loon’s Linkage, a monthly collection of links to articles, resources and blog posts I find intriguing or compelling in some […]

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