You Are Not Your Depression


Cowering in the dark. Lying in the bed unable to get up. Desperate thoughts. Tears. Just saying the word depression can feel like we’ve been thrown into a cold, damp, dark room with little hope of escaping. That word might as well be described as dead weight walking. I’ve been there, I promise you. I remember occasion after occasion, particularly …

A Challenge to Young Leaders


A phenomenal word from Eric Geiger: Earlier this week I pointed out that there are fewer leaders who meet the typical “leadership profile” for positions such as senior pastor. From a practical and purely demographic vantage point, there are fewer people in Generation X than the preceding Boomer generation, so there are currently less available leaders in the often sought-after …

Why You Should Become a Regular


Hey Tim, haven’t seen you in forever!” I had finally done it. I was a regular once again. It wasn’t an accident at all. I had stumbled across a number of articles online that encouraged the practice of becoming a regular when you move to a new town, and I loved the idea of getting to know my local baristas. There are …

Books that Changed My Life


It remains amazing that the simple pages of our books instantly grant us access to a whole new world. It’s earth-shaking how the combination of paper, ink, and imagination come together to form something that’s simply difficult to describe. The experiences found in many books are so deep, it often does feel as if we’re transferred into different lands. But …

My Sin of Racial Superiority: Reflections on Racial Reconciliation & The ERLC Summit


As I prepared to attend the ERLC Summit on Racial Reconciliation and the Gospel, I had little idea what to expect. In light of the events in Ferguson, New York City, and beyond, I’ve been unable to speak. Instead, I’ve attempted to listen. I watched the live video from Ferguson and was confused and unclear about what I thought. All …

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 …

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

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, …

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 …