"We still talk of all our struggles in the present tense. We exchange brokenness like it was good news, and comfort each other with still more brokenness. We want to declare each other “enough.” We have treated Christian identity like it was the great afghan of coziness underneath which all of humanity ought to be … Continue reading Equipped
I get all kinds of ideas while walking through Target. Things just jump out at me like you wouldn't believe. Recently it's been the vast array of 'kindness' merch in their dollar section. Cute mugs and cups, napkins and cups all reminding us to be kinder people. The kindness campaign is out in full force. … Continue reading Narcissistic Meanies
To contend: battle, compete, face off, fight, race, rival, vie The little book of Jude at the end of the New Testament is easy to overlook. It begins and ends with the promise that we serve a God who keeps us and preserves us (v. 1, 24). The body of the short letter however, is a call to arms. Jude pleads with … Continue reading How We Contend
Something I get asked fairly often is "how do I get to the point where I actually want to spend time in the Word and enjoy it?" My short answer is probably frustrating and redundant: "by spending more time in the Word." As Christians, we know that we are supposed to be familiar with what God says to us. We accept the authority the scriptures, their place in history and their effect on human events. Most of us … Continue reading On Studying Well
I wrote the other day about how disappointed I felt in myself for not following through with some things I wanted to do last year. The biggest one for me by far was not making the time to sit down and share with my boys things that I felt would be helpful to them in … Continue reading The Choice To Start
One of my favorite lines from THE INCREDIBLES movie is "if everyone is special, then nobody is special." It comes from a villain who is plotting a way to make everyone into superheroes, thus negating the current superheroes' power and prestige. I tried hard to prove this "everyone gets an A" picture as fake news... but alas, … Continue reading Free A’s And No Homework!
"My oldest son recently became a teenager and I attended a meeting for youth group parents at my church. The leaders said they’d be tackling a myriad of topics this year, ranging from respecting one’s parents to unpacking the transgender phenomenon permeating our local high schools. A parent asked, “What curriculum are you using?” The leader responded, “The … Continue reading The Brains God Gave You