Your Religious Alternative to Beyonce at Halftime

For the record – I don’t care that Beyonce lip-synced. Back when I was touring & performing for a living, two guys from my band went to see Destiny’s Child in concert (Beyonce’s old group). In the middle of the set they did this incredible acapella rendition of Amazing Grace that brought down the house, then they [Read More…]

Amazing Quotes & Thoughts From Eugene Peterson’s Memoir

“The life of faith cannot be lived in general or by abstractions. All the great realities that we can’t touch or see take form on ground that we can touch and see.” (p.12) The spirituality I was handed through evangelicalism was profoundly dismissive of “this world” stuff in favor of “spiritual things.” As many have [Read More…]

On the Importance of the Evening Meal

When Kristin and I decided we were ready to have children, we made a few of crucial decisions I’ve never regretted. One of the best is establishment of the the evening meal as sacrosanct. From the time our kids were old enough to sit in a high chair, even before then, we started the family [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m working at my favorite Panera this morning and I’m sitting next to two colleagues who are talking very loudly. At first I was judging them for being loud enough that all the people around me keep shooting them looks, to which they seem either oblivious or indifferent. I confess that have now stopped [Read More…]

Facebook Focus Group – Your Friday Funny

When you spend time on Facebook, you have to take the good with the bad. If you have ever wondered where the bad came from, maybe it was from this focus group. [Read more…]

Best Parental Advice Ever: “You Cannot Be Anything You Want to Be When You Grow Up”

I think one of the cruelest things we tell our children is that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. That speech pattern arises from a people who are more defined by radical individualism than the gospel. To tell our children they can do anything they want to do, be [Read More…]

You Have to Learn How To Die If You Want to Be Alive

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25 This song is one of my all time favorite versions of  Jesus’s straight up command that we have to lose to win, we have to die to live. What makes it so powerful [Read More…]

Two Simple Changes that Would Drastically Improve Government

There are two simple steps our nation’s representatives could take which would drastically change for the better the way the U.S. Government works. These two steps would curtail some of the paralyzing gridlock, force the governing process out into the open, and require ideas, legislation, and politicians to stand on the merits of their arguments. [Read More…]

Work as Mission: Vocation and Learning What to Count

Most of us will spend somewhere around 65% of our waking hours working. If work is not seen as a holy thing, if work is not counted as an essential aspect of our contribution to the mission of God, then no wonder our work isn’t fulfilling. No wonder it feels like toil. Work is one [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional: For The Hope Center & MLK Jr.

I confess that when I was young many adults in my little world held MLK in deep suspicion. He was not considered a great man by them. I often heard statements like, “Once the FBI files on MLK are opened, the world will really see what he was like. And they won’t be celebrating him [Read More…]


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