Finding Focus in a Distracted World

Am I the only one who constantly finds himself distracted? And no, it’s not ADD — it’s just life. There are bills to pay, people doing crazy things in the world, and let’s not even get started on politics. Worse yet, it seems like we are supposed to be distracted. The 24-hour news cycle, constant […]

The Spiritual Work of Being Yourself

I once wasted years longing to be someone else — praying for different strengths and invisible weaknesses. Now I only waste hours here and there. It takes a cloak of grace to be yourself, and I have only worn it well when Christ Himself has wrapped it around me. Even then, it never seems to fit just right. […]

How to Have Godly Ambition

A confused and perplexed stare. That’s the reaction I recall getting when I told someone about my decision to go to college and to pursue an undergraduate degree in music. Music has always been a part of my life, but I think people assumed it was a hobby rather than a vocation. I was asked […]

How to Shine Brighter: On Complaining and Arguing

Complaining and Arguing

I love to complain. I think that most of us, in our American culture, love to complain. too. We complain about movies that were bad, we complain about the weather, and we all have stories about near-car accidents where, clearly, the other person was in the wrong. We complain about how we pay too much […]

What Is Holy Week?

What Is Holy Week?

Holy Week marks the final week of Lent and is the final week of the earthly ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. It has been called “the most important week of the most important person who ever lived.”1 Christians observe and celebrate three of the days of this week by name: Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and […]

When the Sermon Is About True Love, and You’re Single

In the past year, I took two trips to visit some other friends who work in church ministry. Although 4 months apart and in different states, both sermons at both churches were about marriage. I am not married. I had been excited to hear new teachers and experience new church styles, only to find out […]

Marriage and Money

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has […]

How to Prepare for New Seasons in Your Life

As a season comes and goes, we prepare for it certain ways. Spring cleaning, Christmas decoration prep and tear down, vacation planning. You name it, we prepare for it. We have our patterns for new seasons, and we prepare and wait in expectation. Sometimes these seasons are new and exciting, like a new year, so […]

The Shocking Truth About Love

The Shocking Truth About Love

More than twenty-five years ago, Mike and I took our first steps down the aisle and into our future. We could see the horizon there — a timeline stretching straight from our vows to where the dark sky stretches down to meet the end of all things. The way ahead seemed kind and unhurried, with […]

I’m So Glad You’re Here: True Love Through Service

I'm So Glad You Were Here

I saw her before she saw me — her eyes taking in the surroundings and the people, looking for a familiar face. I waved her over, so delighted she had taken me up on the invitation to meet me for service. “Hi, friend! I’m so glad you’re here!” As we made our way through the […]