April 26, 2019

As far as moral attributes go, humility is one of the toughest to access. On one hand, we just assume we are humble, which is ironic. And on the other hand, we are so afraid to talk about humility. It seems arrogant to mention ourselves at all. As if we lose humility as soon as we acknowledge it. And the result is we don’t ever talk about humility or pursue it with intention. It becomes something we hope (or assume)… Read more

April 24, 2019

One of the side-affects of my patterned thinking is that I start to think the world revolves around me. I cast myself as the main character. Why wouldn’t I? I am the one I follow around every day. I am the one whose feelings I feel and whose perspective rings in my ear. The result is I start to build a narrative with me at the center. Everything matters to the degree it affects me. Rather than being the perceiver through which… Read more

April 22, 2019

There is a story in the Bible where Moses asks to see God’s glory. The Lord tells him that nobody can look him in the face “or he will surely die”. So, he puts Moses in the cleft of a rock and passes behind him as Moses stands in the crag like a kid in trouble. Most of my adult life has been about trying to discover the goodness of the world. Trying to pursue the truth and adopt a… Read more

April 19, 2019

As a Christian who has spent most of my life in church, I’ve often wondered why we call “Good Friday” good. It is the day Jesus died. The day he was brutally crucified on a cross. A barbaric and gruesome death. This is the day humanity took the most influential person to walk the planet and decided to end his life at just 33 years old. What is good about that? Calling Friday good flies in the face of just… Read more

April 17, 2019

Our emotions belong to us. As much as we try to pawn them off on others, they are truly ours. They cannot be properly transferred or ignored. One of the most difficult things about being human is taking ownership of our emotions and handling them appropriately. One of the ways we try to avoid this is by blaming our emotions on others. We say things like “They made me angry” in order to avoid taking responsibility for how we feel and to cure our… Read more

April 15, 2019

We spend a good chunk of our energy trying to avoid chaos. We try to order things, putting them in neat little compartments. We are chasing a nice, quiet life where everything fits and everything makes sense. With this being a paramount agenda for most humans, it is no small wonder how chaotic life seems. From the grander scales, like governments and popular culture, down to the closest ones, our character and our emotions, things certainly have a feel of chaos…. Read more

April 12, 2019

A year ago, we lost a baby to miscarriage. It happened after a year of infertility and just a couple weeks of elation at finally getting the positive test. It has been an entire year since the miscarriage and the cycle of infertility is frustrating us once again. For two years, we have tried to take a posture of seeking and sharing truth. It is a value in our marriage and a necessity to a well-lived life. It is easy to get… Read more

April 10, 2019

Our choices are one of the three things we can control. On a planet we have to share with billions of people, a gauntlet of circumstances, and an ever-changing cycle of seasons, taking ownership of just three things can seem really small. We often strive to control more. And our attempts to do so are the cause for so much hurt, chaos, and confusion in the world. We can plant ourselves in the Victim Circle, blaming others for our lot in life…. Read more

April 8, 2019

It seems pretty clear that modern Americans are unable to deal with not getting their way. New styles of parenting blame institutions for children’s inadequacies and try hard to clear the path of any struggle. We’re increasingly perfectionistic, superficial, and angry. Suicide rates, divorce rates, and mental health rates are rising at a frightening pace. Our society is becoming a hotbed for toxic individualism. Just last night, I saw a news report about a man who ran over a family… Read more

April 5, 2019

Boundaries are hard. It is a challenging aspect of being human. In a life where we are created for community and intimacy, where does one person end and another begin? We are meant to care for one another, to stand in the gaps, to uplift and support and encourage. But we cannot replace what another person is responsible for. And when our relationships start to endanger what we are responsible for, boundaries need to be set. Just as they do… Read more

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