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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

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. … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

God Made a Farmer