The One Thing Even Jesus Didn’t Want To Do

Life B&W

Culture has a tendency to quietly whisper in our ear that independence is a beautiful thing– but we were made for so much more than being independent. We value the concept of being self-made, culture tells us that we must be primarily true to ourselves, and having an independent personality is generally seen as a strength. Culture tells [Read More...]

5 Reasons Why So Many Christians Are Feeling Burned Out Right Now

Burned cross

I’ll be honest- I’ve really been struggling internally for a few months. It’s not something I’ve discussed publicly, but has been a frequent topic of conversation in my home and with some close friends/peers. I think a big part of it was simply winter– it felt brutally long and dark for us up in these parts, [Read More...]

5 Ways We Could Probably Be “Better Christians”

One of the key things I have attempted to do over the past year has been to build bridges with people who are often on the “outs” of Evangelical Christianity (ironically, this placed me on the “outs” as well). I realized over the course of time that there are many people who don’t give this [Read More...]

Mourning with Those Who Mourn (it’s not the most wonderful time of year for everyone.)

  It’s the “most wonderful time of the year”, or so they say. Except, that it’s not for everybody. For some, this is the most painful time of the year. For us, this Christmas is a potent mix of both. We’ve been proactive in trying to get into the Christmas spirit in an effort to [Read More...]

Walking Wounded as a Means to Build Community (The Dave Test)


It wasn’t long after my wife and I started dating that I realized I had made a critical mistake in trying to date a therapist. As we got to know each other and as I let Tracy into my own long history of broken dreams, Tracy tried to not-so-gently tell me that I sucked at [Read More...]

10 Ways We Water Down the Gospel (let’s admit, we all do it)

The accusation that some other group or person is “watering down the gospel” is an easy one to make. It’s an accusation I’ve heard many, many times over the years– and have even been on the receiving end of it a time or two. In fact, while I was writing this post, in some of [Read More...]

10 Reasons Why People Leave Church

Why do people leave church? This is the question I have heard discussed quite a bit recently (a discussion kicked off by Rachael Held Evans with her article “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church“) and a discussion which continues to flow throughout the blog world. I much appreciated Rachael’s thoughts on why Millennials, specifically, are [Read More...]