Why You Shouldn’t Want to Change the World

A couple weeks ago our church started a study of the book of Nehemiah. The basic premise of the book is that he finds out that his home city, Jerusalem is in utter ruins. The walls have been torn down and almost all of Israel is in captivity in Babylon (including Nehemiah himself). I think […]

What Your Calling Says About You

I’ve realized something about myself: how I feel about myself tends to correlate with how productive I have been. Have I accomplished something positive today? Then I feel pretty good. Did I lay around on the couch eating Cheetos watching The Office for ten hours. I feel pretty terrible. As well […]

The Promising Thing About Submission

I am not, by nature, a submissive person. If someone tells me to do something one way, my guttural instinct is generally to do the very opposite. I am not sure why I am this way (and I know I am not alone), but I think it may have to […]

The Root Cause of Our Bad Decisions

I was a teenager once: and I had a father and a mother who were, of course, not anywhere near as smart as I was. At least that’s what I told myself. And I was pretty convincing. Truth be told, when I was 18, I didn’t really see the point […]

How to Live a Worthy Life

About twenty years ago, I moved down to Tennessee for a summer and while there I visited some friends. One of the girls had a boyfriend who looked very Nashville: frosted tips on his hair (if I remember rightly), probably an earring or two; he just looked the part of Nashville […]

Why You Need Mystery

I am not a huge fan of surprises, mostly because if you like those kinds of things then you are expected to pull off grand surprises for people in your life and that just seems like a lot of work. However, I do tend to like surprises that have been […]

What is the Meaning of Marriage?

Without getting too political, I think it is safe to say that marriage–philosophically, but also on a practical level–has started to lose its meaning in our world today. The idea of marriage used to refer something very specific, but now, as its definition is broadened, it probably carries less weight, less meaning […]

Don’t Be Afraid to Lose Your Self-Image

I played football in high school, for a few years actually, and then one year in college. I was on some pretty bad teams, then a couple that were actually decent. My senior year in high school was the most fun, maybe because we won most of our games, but […]

The Beautiful Thing About Sin

I don’t really remember sinning too much when I was a kid. I am sure I did–drawing on the walls with crayons, throwing temper tantrums in the supermarket, refusing to pick up my toys even after being told to like a billion times–I just don’t really remember it. Maybe those […]

The Problem With Just Knowing About God

Growing up in Wyoming, I had seen quite a few horses by the time I was finishing elementary school. Some of my friends even owned them. And I had certainly watched enough movies to be fairly certain that if the opportunity ever presented itself, I’d be able to ride one […]