what I really need to hear

what I really need to hear

You know what makes me roll my eyes every single time? Hearing someone wonder *out loud* why I struggle to feel confident. They usually qualify it by saying that I seem so confident all the time, and that I’m super valuable to whatever it is I’m worrying about.  ...
can i really love everyone?

can i really love everyone?

I was recently studying through the parable of the Good Samaritan. And this is a classic story. Even beyond the bounds of the pulpit, this story has been told for centuries. And for good reason: it is the classic example of what it looks like to truly live out the...
is that really good news?

is that really good news?

I really don’t like cheering for teams that are constantly disappointing. I am what many call a fair weather fan. It’s one of the reasons that I just don’t enjoy watching professional football…because by reason of my residence, I am obliged to cheer for a team...
five ways to find real rest anywhere

five ways to find real rest anywhere

This year, for my birthday, my wife surprised me with a day at the spa – all by myself. And, though it took me a while to get used to that kind of idea for a birthday gift, I eventually discovered that I loved it! In fact, I can’t wait to go back!  ...
in between the structure and the spontaneous

in between the structure and the spontaneous

The other day, my daughter came up to me with two Bibles and said, “Daddy, read Bible?” And my heart just exploded!   So we sat down – right then and there – to read the Psalms together. We took turns: she would “read” something…upside...
daddy, get up

daddy, get up

The other day, I messed up. I messed up big.   I lost my cool and yelled at my daughter, Grace. I’m not proud of it, but I did. And so after she calmed down after crying (yes, I made her cry…), I had to apologize to her. Though it’s not ideal, I...
the glory in your story

the glory in your story

     Have you ever known someone who shaped their life (or at least their conversations and words) around the type of actions he/she was always praised for?        In middle school, I was the kid who tried to be a punk skater because the cool crowd (the kids who...
how to pray with confidence

how to pray with confidence

     When I was preparing this content, I was really busy with a lot of relatively important things: I was in the middle of teaching my students in our Youth Center, I was trying to decide in my head how to lead my middle school boys group, And I was mentally...
to the person complaining about their family

to the person complaining about their family

Have you ever felt like someone else’s family was so much cooler than yours?   Have you ever envied the love you see in another family?   Have you ever been hard on someone in your family because they don’t treat you the way another family treats each other?...