Personal Category

A Glimpse Into My Weakness

I’m not easy with confessions and apologies are a serious infringement on my pride. However, in prayerfully considering my actions and attitudes for quite some time, both would seem to be in order. To those who know me, it is no secret that I have a tendency to overcrowd my schedule and life in general. One […]

Read More

To the Intellectuals

I’m amazed at the level of condascension and tension prevalent in the debate between competing worldviews. Each side has become quite skilled at drawing the caricatures of their opponents. But beyond the exaggerated features of those with whom we may disagree are the flaws, ambitions, conjectures, and biases that are all too evident, though likely unperceived, in […]

Read More

Christ’s Poverty (Our Wealth)

There is hope in Christ. This life is filled with difficulties and disappointments that scar us in every imaginable way. Untold stories of unbelievable pain fill the lives of humanity. Beyond our American experience there is a poverty deeper than we may be willing to acknolwedge. All those scars actually double as echoes of sin […]

Read More

Loving with All Our Mind

Christianity has a perceived reputation of ignorance. Such a perception is only based in reality to the degree that we are ignorant. I have no desire for Christians to carry the caricature of a dunce cap. However, I also understand that many issues have not been truly thought through by the average follower of Christ. […]

Read More

Rhyme and Reason

Sometimes a turn of phrase spoken or sung at the right moment can grant us an epiphany. What is it about a lyric or a quote that seems to stir us so deeply? How can words impact our lives so powerfully? These questions hint at a deeper question. How does our humanity translate into reality? […]

Read More

Remembering…

Remembering has a way of warming and chilling the heart. Words spoken and left unsaid hover like angels and ghosts over our memories. We are defined by what we say, mournful for what we don’t, and afraid to think about it for too long. Losing people who were part of shaping you is like losing your personality […]

Read More

Reflections

The past year has brought many changes into my life. These changes have ranged from joyous to revelatory. Above all the other changes is the tremendous blessing of marriage. Allow me to clarify from the beginning that I do not presume, after six months of being married, to offer any advice; however, I can offer […]

Read More

Marvels and Majesty

The achievements of humanity can certainly astound, yet the disparity of progress and foolishness is itself astounding. Is it not remarkable that we can fly to the moon but are incapable of reaching the destination of good sense? We live in an age of marvels. We need a glimpse of majesty. This is perhaps most […]

Read More

Duck and Cover?

I must confess that I don’t watch Duck Dynasty or any other reality television shows. The stardom that is thrust upon people as the camera rolls is somewhat perplexing; however, the controversy born out of such stardom even more so. Such is the case with the recent “episode” with Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. Not […]

Read More

Brutal Honesty

Thinking has a tendency to expose uncomfortable realities. In the weeks since stepping down from an official ministry position I have had the opportunity to engage in such reflection. Particularly, my thoughts have centered around what the church is and what the church should be. My heart and mind have grown heavy with the reality […]

Read More