Family Life
June 22, 2017

Invisible

I have written many blogs about my seven year old, Fletcher, who has autism, yet I seldom mention his older brother, Truman. This spring, as the school year came to…

Faith
June 22, 2017

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

It’s always kind of jolting that moment when you realize you haven’t thought about God in a while. You can’t remember the last time you read your daily devotionals or…

Family LifeRelationships
June 20, 2017

Observations from My First Year of Marriage

As of June 4th, I have officially been married to my wonderful wife Jamie for one year. The transition and our multiple moves in that time along with our challenging…

Christian Life
June 22, 2017

The Power to Forgive

Among all ways followers of Jesus are called to live like Jesus, none of them are as difficult as forgiving those who hurt you. But, there is good news for…

Faith
June 20, 2017

Do You Know God?

In his magnum opus, Knowing God, J.I. Packer argues: it does not necessarily follow that if you know about God, then you know God Himself. This makes sense. I know…

Christian Life
June 21, 2017

If Chairs Could Talk

“How many chairs are in your house?” It was a simple question the local DJ asked and although I was in the middle of the thousand little chores I needed…

Christian Life
June 15, 2017

The Art of Self-Death

On June 22nd, 2016, in Weaverville, North Carolina, like it was my destiny all along, I discovered one of my favorite Bible verses of all time. Found in Ecclesiastes 3,…

Christian Life
June 14, 2017

Painting and Patience

When my wife and I moved into our new house a few months ago, our eyes immediately went to some projects around the house that we could set ourselves to…

Faith
June 15, 2017

Returning to Joy

Recently I have been struggling with finding joy. Not joy that is eternal. But the joy that keeps you moving through the busyness and chaos of the daily news cycle….

Culture
June 13, 2017

What Anne Lamott Told Me About My Story

Anne Lamott answered a question of mine today. No, literally. TED hosted a Facebook live video with the author, and encouraged viewers to comment with their questions for her. I,…

Christian Life
June 13, 2017

Am I Too Comfortable?

Everyone wants to be comfortable. In America, people lay down to sleep amidst nearly a dozen pillows on mattresses tailored to their preferred firmness. Some can even be altered with…

Culture
June 12, 2017

If We’re Talking Bodies

Have you heard Katy Perry’s new song “Bon Appetit”? (I do NOT recommend watching the music video.) She proclaims that the entire album is about liberation, and this track is…

Family Life
June 14, 2017

Teach Community

Recently, I’ve realized that a theme has been cropping up to much of my reading, my podcast-listening, and my conversations. I must be in a certain place in life where…

Christian Life
June 7, 2017

I Lost My Memory (Card)

Losing stuff is becoming a career lately. It started with my, progressive, scratch- shielded, Kate Spade, prescription sunglasses. Taking out a small loan from a foreign country to pay for…

Family Life
June 7, 2017

Align Your Mouth With Your Money

In many ways, your words create your financial future because they flow from your mindset, and your mindset reveals what you think is possible. No, I’m not a health and wealth preacher,…

Faith
June 5, 2017

Don’t Accept Jesus

I am currently traveling away from family on military duty and I have the opportunity to stay in my own apartment in a major U.S. city. It was a blessing…

Suffering
June 8, 2017

Jesus Will Meet You There

  On Saturday night, I was on a plane ride home from Texas as citizens in London were losing their lives to terrorists. It is happening too often. To be…

Faith
June 6, 2017

In Faith and Doubt

When I first started to articulate my calling, I was told repeatedly that seminary would be a difficult time. I was told it would take my comfortable Christianity and rip…

Faith
June 6, 2017

Stop Complaining

I have always wondered why complaining is not taken as seriously as say, pride, or lust. Why is complaining not being confessed alongside drunkenness and sexual sin? Complaining should be…

Suffering
June 16, 2017

Brokeness

My aunt is a polio survivor. After polio ravaged her body, she was left with severely weakened muscles and walks with a visible limp. She often uses a stick or…

Christian Life
June 5, 2017

Preach the Gospel

“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” If you have ever been involved with a youth group, you’ve probably heard someone, maybe even the youth pastor, say…