Business as Ministry

“I have always thought it was a shame that more people don’t go into “giving” professions. In fact, I have occasionally felt pangs of guilt that I didn’t choose a career that was completely focused on serving others. I have deep admiration for dedicated and hard-working clergy, social workers, or missionaries, and I wonder why I haven’t abandoned my career …

You Are Not Your Depression

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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

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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 …

Books that Changed My Life

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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

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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

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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 …

How I’m Using Evernote In 2015

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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, …

Manliness in Marriage: The How-to Guide

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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. …

Four Lies About Faithfulness

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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 …

Men Without Chests

Perhaps it’s because I’m married and have a daughter, or perhaps it’s because I’m feeling a little older lately — but I’ve become increasingly more aware of what can only be called small bursts of anarchy. It’s not the bloody guillotine or living-homeless-outside-Wall Street anarchy, but rather the small moments of the day to day that I see the tiny …