I developed a bad habit in medical school. I took up highlighting as a study tool. There's something so academic about thoughtfully marking up a page with a highlighter and silently nodding to yourself. I remember sitting in the library, secretly hoping people saw me diligently pouring over the material with thoughtful consideration for important … More When everything’s important, nothing’s important: the value of prioritizing
Facebook has turned out to be pretty neat. It serves as a scrapbook of my life, and with the "memories" feature, it lets me look back through the years and relive moments I had totally forgotten about. Today was an especially poignant memory. "The house was power washed today, and will be painted by next … More Slated for destruction: are you trying to salvage what God is trying to break apart?
A while back my wife was helping to set up an event at our church building. As we were putting on the final touches the night before, we needed to button something up in the sanctuary. She asked me if I would go along with her. I assumed there was some heavy lifting, or a … More The dark places
I have a pug. Just saying it feels like a confession. You see pugs aren’t really impressive or practical dogs. They were literally bread to be lap dogs. So when we moved a few years ago from a small city lot, to a home with a few acres, it was an adjustment for our pug … More Chasing cars: when pursuing passion doesn’t honor your design
Any time there is a tragedy or hardship, we can often here people offer their “thoughts and prayers”. It’s become such a common idiom, that we say it without a second thought, which is a bit ironic I think. I’m not really sure where this started, or why we feel compelled to say it, other … More “Thoughts & Prayers”
This question is both a sincere request and a loaded proposition at the same time. Let me be clear, I love prayer. It’s the single most mysterious, beautiful, powerful and meaningful thing I have the privilege to do. If someone lifts me up in prayer? Awesome! I’ll take it! If you are going before the … More “Can I pray for you?”
When facing impossible circumstances, it’s easy to run to God. When there are no other options, faith can suddenly appear. But what happens when in the midst of a crisis, we become distracted by minor problems. When my wife was pregnant with our third daughter, we faced the biggest challenge we had ever encountered to … More Faith can move mountains, but what about mole hills?
Fear is essentially equal to anxiety. The Bible tells us over and over to fear not, as it also tells us to be anxious for nothing. These statements in scripture are always in the imperative. While I admit that is a bit of an inference, it would seem that God does not have much room … More Be anxious for nothing: the importance of casting cares
Today we are honoring mothers. They should be honored for lots of reasons, most of which are pretty obvious. A mom is someone who puts herself on hold to bring life to someone else. She’s someone who loves unconditionally and forgives repeatedly. She sacrifices more than anyone around her knows. She experienced more pain bringing … More Mother’s Day
Have you ever needed something? Not a want, but a true need. Like a “if-this-doesn’t-happen-I-don’t-know-what-I’ll-do” need. These are the kind of situations that drive us to our prayer closet like never before, we might even enlist others to pray for us. Maybe you put out a call on facebook or come to the front of … More Unanswered prayers