June 24, 2018

Nothing But the Blood

My wife has impeccable style. She keeps an eye on trends, looks for ways to innovate, and is in tune with her body. One of her spiritual gifts is thrift…

Christian Life
June 21, 2018

I Feel Like A Failure At Prayer (Here’s What I’m Doing About It)

Over the years I’ve written several blog posts about prayer. Some have been about the ingredients of effective prayer and some have even been about how I learned I was praying wrong. Unfortunately,…

Christian Life
June 20, 2018

American Christians and Immigration

It seems as though immigration, in some form or fashion, is always a hot topic in the American cultural conversation. Tempers flare as the left and right of the political…


June 13, 2018

This Bird was Meant for More

Amazed at the beauty of this awesome winged creature, I drew closer to the cage for an up-close-and-personal shot. My presence apparently spooked the hawk pair, and they both flew…

Christian Life
June 18, 2018

What To Do When Everything Hurts

I have a tendency to overpromise and underdeliver – even in my own seemingly benign decisions. It’s never out of malicious intent, just the brood of irrational optimism and a…

Christian Life
June 17, 2018

Hung Up On Hypocrisy

Ask someone to define hypocrisy, and you may hear “say one thing and do another” or “contradict oneself.” For me, these definitions merely explain sin. We all say one thing…

Family Life
June 17, 2018

Nervous About Summer

I don’t know about y’all, but I went through a few weeks where I was a little nervous about summer. You know what I mean, right? No schedule, no plans,…

Christian Life
June 14, 2018

End of The Rope Reliance

Everyone has a different breaking point. Maybe you’ve reached yours at one time or another, but even if you haven’t, I bet you know how hard it is when life…

Christian Life
June 13, 2018

Rest is a Victory

God created us to work hard and rest well – both are His idea, and both are good. Very good. Most of us get the work piece. We work, and…

June 11, 2018

He Emptied Himself

Our culture leads us to believe that good things follow those who do good. We operate within a quasi-karma understanding that forms a basis for our self-justification. We feel hard-done…

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June 11, 2018

Flooded with Purpose

“Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” Gen. 5:28 Those are…

June 7, 2018

Michelin Stars and Ceasing Our Striving

I read an article recently about Sebastien Bras, a renowned French chef whose restaurant, Le Suquet (translated: “too expensive pour moi”), has retained three Michelin stars for nearly twenty years….

June 7, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher

“I want to build out of love, not fear.” I’ve been thinking about these words for a few weeks now, since reading them in Hannah Brencher’s new book Come Matter…

June 6, 2018

Why Did God Give the Ten Commandments?

If you grew up in the Church, you have heard quite a lot about the Ten Commandments. In my experience, and those of many people I know, churches have improperly…

Christian Life
June 3, 2018

The Joy in the Journey

Jesus has taken me on a journey. It began when I was 16 underneath a sprawling oak tree after a Charlotte Christian soccer practice. It hasn’t always taken me where…

Christian Life
May 30, 2018

Both Reverent and Terrifying Fear of God

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:28 It’s…