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Why Political Outrage is No Longer Acceptable

Outrage is trendy right now, and it’s become the go-to method of communicating displeasure and calls for change in nearly every quadrant of social injustice. There are too many victims to keep track of. So many, in fact, that legitimate victims are being lost in the shuffle of the latest trendy thing to yell about. […]

How Honor Can Change Your Whole World

“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” 1 Peter 2:17 ESV‬‬ Honor is a concept that has often been misapplied, mistaught, and misunderstood. Often we think of honor as a boy scout mentality of “doing the right thing.” In some other cases, it’s been used as a tool to coerce obedience and […]

How to Sleep Through Life’s Storms

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 What do you do when life’s troubles overwhelm you? When you’re confronted by a mountain of pain and suffering, do you stay and trudge […]

4 Keys to Dealing with Disagreement

Every relationship we have in life has the potential for causing conflict and pain or healing and life. Not all relationships are able to provide life-giving influence, but you can be certain at one time or another, every relationship will have an element of discomfort, conflict, or disagreement. But our response to disagreement or conflict […]

Transforming our Response to Tragedy

When tragedy strikes and the unthinkable happens, we’re left with so many questions and pieces to sort through as we try to figure out how to put life back together. These days, the immediate backlash of rage and fury and disgust to tragedy is overwhelming and leaves no time to actually grieve or take in the […]

The Power of a Last Impression

We think a lot about first impressions these days. In fact, it seems in many cases, particularly for those in the public eye, that you have a miniscule window of time to make that right first impression before the judgement of your character is set in stone. Making a good impression isn’t a bad thing. […]

On the Offensive

The other day I had lunch with someone and started to learn more about their story. This guy is a leader, with a ton of favor in his relationships, people are drawn to him and like him naturally, but the main part of his story that stuck was in regards to a wound from his […]

Desolate Places

‘Desolate’ is a pretty intense word. It conjures up images of vast empty and abandoned spaces, or people who have lost everything close to them, left to wander life in isolation. But like many things, God views desolate places and people a little differently. Right after Jesus rose from His baptism and heard the audible […]

Are These All the Children?

And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 1 Samuel 16:11 NASB Samuel invited Jesse and his sons to […]

Lessons from Pi: Passing through Gethsemane

I had a blog I really wanted to write about this movie, but even the title was a spoiler, so I’m going to wait a little before putting that one out. For now, here’s a great quote from the book that made me stop and think for a while: “It is not atheists who get […]

Lessons from Pi: Carnivore Islands

Warning: slight spoilers ahead The Life of Pi is a surreal movie with breathtakingly beautiful imagery and a poignant tale to tell. It’s based on a book that explores the story of a young man lost at sea and the encounters he has on his journey as he seeks survival and rescue. At one point […]

Revisiting the Race: Aslan is on the Move

I’m pulling a “Fallback Friday” and reposting an old blog from prior to our trip on the World Race. Over the next few Fridays I’ll be reposting old blogs as part of a “Revisiting the Race” series. Enjoy! — I was reading a friends blog the other day when I noticed the phrase “the Holy […]

What Bono Taught Me

In 1999, I added something to the top of my bucket list: see U2 live in concert before they stop touring. I had just seen Rattle and Hum, a great documentary following the musicians’ early journey, and I was captured by the passion that seemed to flood out of every song. I kept thinking with […]

The Art of Dying Well

Fall is probably my favorite season. I love the leaves on fire (figuratively speaking), the cool air drifting across the city, and especially, the warm satisfying taste of a pumpkin spice latte. There’s a crisp smell in the air and a feeling of imminence. It’s odd sense that, even as many parts of the natural […]

God with Sneakers On

When we think about God, we often think about Him as father, and hopefully we also come to think of Him as daddy. But there is a big difference between His role as daddy and mine.

Summoned and Sent

Being back in America I’m still sometimes struck by the size of things. Burgers are huge, grocery stores are filled with every product that could be desired, we have instant and easy internet access to vast world of downloadable and deliverable goods and churches and ministries have buildings the size of large corporations and sometimes […]

Don’t Think About Elephants

It is only natural that God would give to us simple universal principles for living life, which if followed, would lead to peace, fulfillment, and joy. – C. David Lundberg This is an interesting quote I just read. Working in a bookstore means I get to hear a lot about books and ideas and this […]

How does this thing work again?

I saw this article on the front page of yahoo a while back and it drew my attention: Authorities say a dispute over leadership at a church in western North Carolina turned from angry words to fist fights. About 30 police officers from five agencies were called to break up fights Sunday at Greater New Zion […]