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…

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…

Faith
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 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…

Faith
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…

Faith
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…

Culture
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….

Reviews
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…

Faith
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…

Family Life
May 30, 2018

Dear Dads, The Ball is in Your Court

After having yet another heart-wrenching conversation with a young woman who has been terribly hurt by her father’s unhealed, critical soul, I feel the need to talk with current daddies,…

Christian Life
May 29, 2018

For the Sake of Something Beautiful

Lately, it seems that I have developed a love-hate relationship with writing. The world inside my head is teeming with ideas—handfuls for stories and articles, and several for longer works…

Christian Life
May 28, 2018

It’s So Hard to Say ‘I’m Sorry’

Nothing makes me apologize like just being a mom. Oh, I should say it louder for the people in the back?! It is SO IMPORTANT to practice saying “I’m sorry”…

Family Life
May 28, 2018

The Essential Truth

Jesus made a lot of people mad in his day. He called people out. He exposed people’s sins. He accused them. He offended them. He challenged them. But the rudest…

Culture
May 27, 2018

An Influence from Others

Today I want to expand upon an excerpt from Tim Keller’s book King’s Cross. Yes, I confess that Keller’s writing often serves as my subject material, especially in recent weeks,…

Christian Life
May 27, 2018

Holy Headspace

There’s something cathartic, dare I say, even spiritually stimulating, about spring cleaning. Sure we engage in some cleaning throughout the year, but spring cleaning gives us an excuse to go…

Faith
May 24, 2018

The Big Story

In Stranger Than Fiction, Will Ferrell plays IRS agent Harold Crick, whose life goes from humdrum to anything but when he begins to hear a mysterious voice narrating his every…