Culture
January 16, 2019

Dumb and Dumber on Christmas Eve

It was Christmas Eve. 2018. 3 weeks ago. I had the idea to give some huge tips to folks that had to work on Christmas—credit to Jon Acuff for the…

Faith
January 14, 2019

Jesus and the Mystery Religions

Over the course of the last century, some scholars have presented evidence that they believe shows that early first-century Christians, specifically Greek converts and Hellenized Jewish Christians, may have taken…

Christian Life
January 14, 2019

Have You Lost Touch with God?

You and I hear it all the time. “I don’t feel close to God right now.” It’s clichéd, sure, but, more importantly, I desire for people in (and out) of…

Culture
January 9, 2019

New Year, New Me…?

Welcome to January!  With all of its hope, possibility, and pressure, the start of a new year can be overwhelming.  This is a busy season for all of the self-help…

Christian Life
January 9, 2019

Entitlement: A Hidden Danger of Our Hearts

In spite of the many controversies that seem to continually threaten the reputation of our country, we must admit that, in so many ways, those of us who call ourselves…

Family Life
January 8, 2019

You Had One Job

Last night, I was sitting on the edge of my seat as Cody Parkey lined up to kick the field goal that would end the season for my beloved Eagles….

Christian Life
January 7, 2019

Savoring Ordinary Time

In the midst of our celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, buying Christmas gifts while they’re on sale, and decorating our houses for the season ahead, we get caught up…

Reviews
January 7, 2019

Top Ten Movies of 2018

This was a stacked year at the cinema! I’m not sure what’s to blame, but this has been my most challenging Top Ten list to date. There were a gaggle…

Reviews
January 7, 2019

Finite and Infinite Games: A Response

“Rules are not valid because the Senate passed them, or because heroes once played by them, or because God pronounced them through Moses or Mohammed. They are only valid if…

Calling
January 3, 2019

Called to Him

This past year was an adventure, and the coming year promises, if anything, to be an even greater roller coaster ride. I went through quite a few title changes in…

College
January 1, 2019

Official Everyday Exiles 2019 National Championship Preview

Ah, yes, it’s that time of year football fans. The National Championship final is only a few days away. And you know what that means: Bama vs Clemson. Saban vs…

Calling
January 1, 2019

New Year, New You

Sorry for the cliché title, but with all the promise and expectation of a new year, I think it’s a fair (and on the nose) question to ask. To put…

Christian Life
January 1, 2019

It is Not Just for Our Joy

When I look at the Gospel, I often see the aspects that reflect my own gain. Right relationship with God. Eternal life. Character. But this text shows me something profound,…

Christian LifeReviews
December 27, 2018

How the Grinch Stole My Heart

I’m not much for animated movies. Maybe I lack pure imagination, but I tend to be drawn to true stories, documentaries, interviews, etc. So, when my baby girls wanted to…

Culture
December 27, 2018

For the Love of Books

One of my (very loose and mostly ideal but certainly not practical) goals of 2018 was to read more. Yeah, I told you it was loose. Anyway, I certainly accomplished…

Culture
December 26, 2018

Frightening Simplicity

I don’t need to tell you our culture is saturated in extravagance; the evidence is ubiquitous.  It is easy to feel a sense of fulfillment when we are surrounded by things…

Christian Life
December 26, 2018

Love Feast

The story goes that there were two men walking down the road. They were discussing current events when they were joined by another man who asked them what they were…

Christian Life
December 25, 2018

The King Has Come

This is part one of a two-part series on Titus 2:11-14. Many in the church discuss the grace of God that leads to the door that opens unto the secure…

Christian Life
December 25, 2018

On Being in My Body

Lately, I’ve been learning a lot about my body. That might sound weird, but hang with me. As someone who has survived abuse of every kind, I’ve struggled with loving…

Christian Life
December 20, 2018

Remember God

Remember, God. I added the comma. After hearing Tyler Reagin speak with author of the book Remember God, Annie F. Downs, (on the Catalyst podcast), he references adding the comma,…

Leadership
December 19, 2018

What is the Secret Sauce?

Every year a rumor starts usually around January that the beloved California based burger chain In-and-Out will be opening a location in The Big Apple. Native New Yorkers have heard…

Christian Life
December 19, 2018

Appreciate Where You Are

One of the easiest things to do in life is complain. I personally do it all the time. There is so much going on and so much about to start….

Culture
December 18, 2018

The Best Christmas Songs on Planet Earth

I realize this is a sensitive subject.  People have strong, strong feelings.  And we want to hear from you.  Please @ me.  I have time to argue.  The best Christmas…

Reviews
December 16, 2018

REVIEW: If Beale Street Could Talk

“It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child…