Category Archives: Big Ideas

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Relevant Magazine Politics: Barak Obama, Ron Paul, and the Republicans

Over the past several weeks Relevant Magazine has posted three opinion pieces to their website written by Christians explaining why they believe and vote according to certain political principles. These pieces have all been interesting reads. I appreciate Relevant for giving each of these writers space to explain how Christianity has informed their political identities.

The first of the three posts was entitled The Rise of Christian Libertarians and was written by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira. The Republican viewpoint was entitled Why I Am a Christian Republican and was written by Matthew Lee AndersonWhy I Am a Christian Democrat was written by David Masciotra. I appreciate Relevant for publishing these op-eds because it is important for Christians to reflect on how their Faith informs their thoughts and actions in the day-to-day, but also in big thought issues like politics. Continue reading


Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael LewisA new book by Michael Lewis (author of great books such as Moneyball and The Blind Side) explores the West’s developing sovereign debt crisis. The book is called Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, and it is the most fantastic book I’ve read in recent memory.

Lewis explores the developing debt crisis in three countries: Iceland, Greece, and Ireland. He also takes a look at Germany and their unique position in the European crisis. To bring the point home to Americans he looks at debt issues in the state government of California and a city that declared bankruptcy and has recently emerged from the process, Vallejo, California. What Lewis found through his research and interviews with officials, is each of these governments have become indebted to such an extent that their balance sheets look a lot like those found in third world economies. Continue reading


WCAGLS: John Dickson – Humilitas

Humilitas, by John DicksonThe presentation by John Dickson at the WCAGLS was one of my favorites of the summit. The presentation was entitled “Humilitas,” and was based on his most recent book, which is titled Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership. Dickson is a writer and speaker, a Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University, and Co-Director of the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney, Australia. His presentation at the summit was geared towards leaders, obviously, so the thesis of his talk was, “Humility makes the great greater.” Dickson’s presentation set out to convince the audience of this thesis.

If we’re going to be convinced humility makes the great greater, we should all have a common understanding of exactly what is meant by the word. Humility is not the same thing as humiliation, even though the two words share a similar root (humilitas). The difference between humiliation and humility, which both involve being lowered, has to do with how a person is lowered. Humiliation involves a forcible lowering, as in being defeated in battle. Humility involves a person lowering him or herself. Dickson gave the following definition of the word: Humility is to hold your power in service of others.

So, now that we know what is meant by humility, why should a leader develop it in his or her life? Continue reading


WCAGLS: Seth Godin – Be an Artist

Seth Godin is an out-of-the-box thinker and prodigious author. He’s written several books that you have probably heard of and might have read, such as: Tribes, Poke the Box, and his most recent, Linchpin. Godin’s presentation at the summit stitched the big ideas from several of his books together, but the overarching idea of his presentation was to be an artist.

Van Gogh Starry Night

Godin believes the industrial age is over. Workers are no longer an important component in industry, workers are cogs. Mass production has created a workforce of interchangeable people; competency is no longer a scarce commodity as it once was. A great comment from Godin illustrating the point was, “If the steps of your job can be written down, I can find a way to do it cheaper.” Continue reading