November 16, 2015

My friends Zac and Sally Crippen recently started an excellent human interest story podcast called Vernacular.  Now in their second season, and in keeping with their vision to highlight ordinary people who do extraordinary things, they feature interesting men and women from all walks of life. Conversing about everything from making pizza to space travel to Supreme Court jurisprudence, their guests are the kind of people who do not regularly show up in the news, but just might one day. The latest episode featured yours... Read more

November 16, 2015

I always dig people who not only know how to translate their faith in Christ without watering it down, but who also know how appeal to the masses without being insufferably pushy and religious.  People who do not compromise but know how to be all things to all people. These are often creative-types who, like Jesus, have a knack for storytelling to communicate truth in a winsome way. Author and speaker Kris Wolfe is one such gifted storyteller. But more than that, he... Read more

November 13, 2015

In the last few years I have become convinced that the Christian life is fundamentally about learning to love like God. It is about learning to abide in the Vine and live from the presence of the Lord. In response to the greatest act of selfless love ever known to mankind, the cross of Christ, life in him is about learning how to love and be loved. When we realize that God made provision in his son Jesus for us... Read more

November 6, 2015

No cultural division today is fraught with more confusion, bitterness, and deep pain than the current divide over the nature of marriage and human sexuality. As Rod Dreher noted two years ago in his prophetic essay “Sex After Christianity,” when sex is the subject at hand, the tack that Christians have employed in the public square has been primarily a moralistic one—an approach that has proven to be completely ineffective—and given the rapid increase of the legal enshrinement of the sexual revolution... Read more

November 3, 2015

Ann Coulter has written some real doozies over the years and her latest column is no exception. Much like her left-wing friend Bill Maher, the conservative author and columnist has one acerbic tongue and it was on full display in her recent effusion denouncing the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (SBC) President Russell Moore. When Coulter wants to be she is a shrewd prognosticator, and–also like Bill Maher–a bold voice decrying political correctness.  Yet she consistently manages to disembowel her strengths with her penchant for saying truly vile (not to mention ridiculous) things.... Read more

October 30, 2015

So I am among those who do NOT esteem Halloween and am thankful that my family did not celebrate it when I was growing up other than carving a pumpkin or two. Lest you think I am a total fuddy-duddy, I do appreciate and am amused by the creativity of characters and costumes I have seen my friends sport over the years every October 31st, like when they dress up as Rubix Cubes, or as Mario and Luigi. Fun stuff. But I... Read more

October 29, 2015

Meet me at the pub, Mark Sandlin! This next round is on me. In response to your article on responding to Christians who quote ‘I am THE Way’, perhaps I can offer an explanation as to why some might bristle at the idea of a believer in Jesus seeking to “legitimize” other religions and why a “One God, many rooms, many paths” approach to faith in Christ falls short. Although I am one who might cite John 14:6 when speaking of the lordship of... Read more

October 18, 2015

Let me tell you a little bit about my friend Will Youngblood. And after that I have few things to say about the porn industry and sex.I bet you’re still reading now, aren’t you?First, my friend Will.If you’re from New York or Los Angeles you might be impressed with Will’s resume, as he has worked for some very famous people as a celebrity assistant. But, there’s a whole lot more to this guy than his entertainment industry credentials.Will is one... Read more

October 14, 2015

In the 17th century there was a man who spent thousands of hours washing dishes and performing other menial chores, living a life many today might consider dull and meaningless. How do you do such mundane tasks year after year, decade after decade, and not die of boredom? You do this by learning how to encounter God’s presence every day.  You learn how to live from love. Brother Lawrence impacted countless lives with his dish-washing, floor-sweeping life. His short little book, The Practice of the... Read more

October 8, 2015

This is too good not to pass along. Such great wisdom here on how to demolish a cynical attitude from one of my spiritual fathers, the inestimable Kris Vallotton, who never fails to inspire me. Especially loved this bit: [S]ome people always prepare for the worst so that they won’t be disappointed. They reason that if something then goes better than expected, they will be encouraged. The challenge is that expectation is actually the manifestation of FAITH and you tend to receive what... Read more

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