The Problem with Lance Armstrong’s Religion—and how Hugh Jackman’s Silver Candlesticks can help

 1.   Lance Armstrong once believed that since he didn’t have any big-time character flaws, then after he died he could stand boldly before the throne of an all-righteous and almighty God, (if there indeed was a God), and all would be okay between Lance and God.   So, according to Lance, what mattered most [Read More…]

40 Years since Roe V. Wade—what to Know, Feel, and Do

I encourage you all not to let this date pass by unnoticed—Tuesday, January 22, 2013.   It marks the 40th anniversary of Roe Versus Wade, the landmark decision by the Supreme Court that effectually makes abortion legal in the USA.   Since the case’s decision in 1973, roughly 50 million abortions have taken place legally [Read More…]

What Won Babe Heffron’s Respect

Two summers ago I found myself at a book signing event seated alongside seven of the original Band of Brothers, the men of Easy Company who have become symbols of heroism in World War II.   I sat near the tail end of a long table. The men and I were on one side, and [Read More…]

Help, for When the Future is Unknown

At the start of a new year, your next 12 months are always unknown.   That’s why your next 12 months can be an adventure. As well as scary.   Will you win the lottery? Or will your house burn down?   You don’t know.   So what do you do? You plan. You leap [Read More…]

How Beautiful the Boring Games You Played as a Child

 “So, Dad,” said my young daughter, Addy. “What are you going to get me for Christmas?”   “A stick, a cardboard box, and an old potato,” I said with an absolutely straight face.   “Hmm,” she said. “That doesn’t sound like much fun—except for the cardboard box.”   Addy grinned in seriousness. The child can [Read More…]

The Most Overlooked Command Ever

“Love your enemies.” —Jesus  Nope, not going to do it.   It makes a ton of sense to love friends, sure. To love our neighbors as ourselves. Even to love people from whom we might gain something.   But to love our enemies? Nah, we hate these folks! At very least, we dislike them powerfully. [Read More…]

Stop Looking So Busy

In most work cultures, an unwritten rule exists that you need to be busy all day long—or at least you need to look busy. Be busy, busy, busy—that’s the expectation.   For instance, when I was working as a newspaper reporter, it just wouldn’t have flown in the newsroom if, during the middle of the [Read More…]

Book Giveaway: “Still LoLo” by Lauren Scruggs with Marcus Brotherton

Come meet the toughest girl in Texas. Lauren Scruggs is her name. She’s 24 and I’ve just collaborated on a new book with her, along with her parents and twin sister. Newly released, the book is called STILL LOLO: a spinning propeller, a horrific accident, and a family’s journey of hope. In December 2011, headlines [Read More…]