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What Does Life Even Mean: My Brief Thoughts on Boyhood

It’s funny, but after watching the movie Boyhood, I’ve found myself unable to shake how much it’s made me think. Obviously the undertaking is incredible and groundbreaking (filming the same cast over the course of 12 years). The movie was able to show at the same time the incredible “ordinary”-ness of life, and at the same time the incredible complexities that sin …

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Ordinary Christians

“The most effective work is done by ordinary Christians fulfilling God’s calling to reform within their local spheres of influence.” — Nancy Pearcey

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How I’m Using Evernote In 2015

Since around 2008 or 2009 I’ve been using an incredible tool called Evernote. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this tool has been a central part of my life since then. What’s particularly amazing about this is that the tool is absolutely free.  This past week I’ve been spending time working on my goals for 2015 — yes, …

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Catch Someone Doing Something Right

I was recently listening to a group of young leaders talk about their organization. I was almost brought to tears listening to them talk about some of their experiences and what they would change as they thought about becoming leaders. “I actually thought everyone hated me until I was approached about being promoted,” said one leader. “It was really crazy.” He …

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Manliness in Marriage: The How-to Guide

No one will mistake me for the classic manly man — I currently have no beard, I’ve never really hunted or killed anything (on purpose at least), and I’m only a fan in theory of camping. When I was a single guy, I knew that one day I’d need some “manly” skills — and not necessarily the gun-toting, camo-wearing kind. …

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MANHOOD 101: Making Decisions

I had the great pleasure of contributing to The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s latest series on “Manhood 101.” Believe me, I’m no expert but I made my feeble attempt to add to the conversation, primarily by standing on the shoulders of other great men I’ve learned from during my short time here on planet earth. You can read my …

Packing Up: How to Fight For Your Family in Transition and Change

My latest article is over on the men’s channel at CBMW.org today: If you asked me a few years ago if in the span of three years I’d get married, graduate college, have a baby, live in three states, and work three different jobs — well, I’d probably slap you. Yet here I am once again with a sore back …

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Four Lies About Faithfulness

So often we buy into the lies of not only the world around us, but also our own “Christian” culture about faithfulness. Normal, nameless ministry is no longer acceptable. Small churches, although frankly the norm, are not considered something to pursue. For many of us who are young, we want to really change the culture around us any way that …