Have you ever gone to get a new phone, along with a new phone plan, and tried to sift through all of the different charges and “benefits” that you’ll be receiving? You slowly begin to realize that you’ll be signing your life away along with your first born. I get anxiety and a little bit […]Read More Bundling our faith
Let’s be honest, when we suffer intense pain, it is natural to feel abandoned. I’ve had seasons in my life where I was going through something and it just felt like no one else could understand my problems. The truth is, when I am courageous enough to say it out loud to people that I […]Read More Forsaken
I am not a traditional kind of guy. Innovation excites me and keeping tradition well…kind of bores me. If you like tradition, that’s great! I see the appeal to it. I really do. Tradition, when used in a healthy way, can help anchor us in values or keep us tethered during difficult times. There is […]Read More Just another manic maundy
Occasionally I meet with a friend of mine and we drink to our ancestors. Let me explain. One day I called him up and said, “We need to get together. Maybe over a beer?” His response. “No, we will have two beers. One for us and the other for our ancestors!” I was like “YES! […]Read More Lost in religion: Simplicity
This past Sunday I gave a message on John 3. John writes about a man named Nicodemus. Nick, we’re tight so I can call him this, was a Pharisee. This means that he was already a part of the spiritually elite and powerful in Judaism. In addition to that, he was a member of the […]Read More Lost in religion
I have never freaked out over a milestone birthday. When I hit thirty, I didn’t even flinch. Forty? Pffft. Not even a dent. Then 50 rolled around. I’ll go ahead and admit it, it did a number on me. In all fairness, it is kind of a big deal. Now that it is here, I’m […]Read More So this is 50.
There have been days over the past few years where I have felt old. Let me clarify, I am getting old, just like…well…all of us, but I have never really felt old despite that fact. There is something about the events we are living through that make you feel the passage of time viscerally. A […]Read More The Way Back
Six months. It has been at least six months since all of our lives have changed. I know, none of us want to talk about it anymore and I totally get it. I won’t rehash it but I will summarize it by saying that I feel like I have been hit by an eighteen wheeler […]Read More We are not enemies.
This week I am starting a new study with a group of friends discussing the Book of Ecclesiastes. I have been fascinated by Ecclesiastes for a long time. There is a grittiness and recklessness to it that I can’t help but be drawn to. Qohelet, or the teacher/preacher, presents life in all of its cycles […]Read More Meaning in the Meaningless
Hey 2019, don’t let the door hit ya in the a#@ on the way out! Is anybody else feeling that? My point is, I am so glad to see 2019 leave! It was a rough ride and nothing in me is sad to see it go. For me, there were moments of great despair last […]Read More Your Comeback Story