I’ve slacked off on my reading this summer. The year started off with a bang at a pace of about a book a week. It’s since slowed to the crawl of an illiterate Netflix binger. (I’m neither.) I blame summer… and a new job. That being said, I did read a couple of books mailed […]Read more "Summer Reading Reviews"
More and more of my friends are arriving at a season of life I entered a decade ago. Unlike other stages of life, people don’t dream of this life stage. Many dread it. It’s not stored in anyone’s hope chest or added to a bucket list. It just happens–sometimes gradually and sometimes all at once–at least […]Read more "The Gospel for Caregivers"
I’ve been reading more this year than I have in a few years and I love it. I’ve always loved it, but sometimes I get stuck in the lull of not knowing what to read next. Not this month. This is a picture of the pile that needs to be read by January 12. Some […]Read more "Book Review: A Family Apart"
Jeff Goins is living the dream. He quit his day job to write and speak full time. Sure, I do part of that, but not as much as he does. And to top it off, he’s just a nice guy. I’ve never met him, but I follow him on Twitter. Tweets say a lot about a person. […]Read more "The Art of Work"
The story of Abraham and Isaac is like a movie you watch time and again because you notice something new every time. Like all the best stories, it elicits a plethora of emotions. Inspired For years, I viewed this story as inspiration. Abraham obeyed without question and went through all the actions of sacrificing what […]Read more "Abraham and Isaac – Part 1"
Well, this is awkward. I’m supposed to write a review of a book that a.) I haven’t completely finished reading and b.) has already elicited some controversial reviews. I’m not paid to write this review, but I did receive a free copy of the book in exchange for the review. (If you know me at […]Read more "A Review of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh"
I don’t consider myself a movie critic. When I watch a movie, I do so to be entertained. Rarely do I notice camera angles or special effects. I’m too busy watching the story and waiting to see what happens next. I love to be motivated or inspired (a la 42), to laugh (a la […]Read more "Believe Me"
Note: I wrote this for publication before the NFL and its players were in the headlines. However, I feel that it’s especially timely now. Domestic violence is no respecter of age, economic status, race or educational achievement. Fortunately, the gospel applies just as universally. In situations where hope seems lost, where evil seems to be winning, […]Read more "How the Gospel Applies to Domestic Violence"
As I walked past a construction area, I briefly caught the smell of cut lumber. It immediately transported me back to my childhood. My parents had an addition built on to the first house I ever lived in. Though I only carry a handful of memories from that house, the smell of cut lumber is […]Read more "When God Forgets"
Newsflash: your marriage is not about you! It’s not about procreation, although that happens. It’s not about happily ever after, as you well know if you’ve been married more than a couple of weeks. It’s not even about having a life partner who will take care of you when you’re old. Marriage is an allegory, […]Read more "The Gospel and Marriage: Why Marriage Isn’t About You or Your Spouse"