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 […]