The Facsimile of Self

Mentorship, apprenticeship and discipleship are growing noticeably obscure in our cultural lexicon. Do “internship” and “placement” and “practicum” now effectively mean the same thing? Does this mean we are collectively now truly convinced that all training and guidance must stem from academic institutions? Does this mean that technology has finally let us outgrow our need …

What We Call Our Spending

When taxes are spent on civic enhancements for everybody, we call it “public spending.” When taxes are spent on services available for a segment of society (often for those that we tend to shun and/or ostracize from mainline cultural activities) we call it “social services.” When our charitable dollars funnel into “developing countries” to build …

A Day Without Dignity

You’ve heard the story about the glamorous movie/rock star who stoops down from their Hollywood/Nashville throne to “lend their influence” to the cause of helping the destitute in another country. You’ve heard the story about the delinquent youth from the “hood” who miraculously pulled their act together, graduated school, got a job, and then returned …