The Truest Things I Know…

A few days ago, I remembered that about 2,000 years ago the people who said they followed God were divided into multiple religious and political factions. (Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Essenes; Jews, Samaritans, Romans--and I know I'm leaving lots of people out.) Whatever each group was right about or wrong about, it was serious, painful business. Then God came and dwelt among them and lovingly blew all of their ideas to bits... The truest things I know about Trump or Biden or Pence or Harris (listed first chronologically, then by president-vice president) are the truest things I know about the people I work with, my students, the guy sitting in the opposite pew, the irritating person standing in the middle of the aisle at Wal-Mart sharing their personal business over the phone so loud you can hear them three aisles over, my family, my friends, my neighbors, myself...

Found a date–with Rich Mullins (No, I didn’t break up with Jack or Tollers. This is called the communion of the saints.)

Image taken from firstthings.com Last night I finished Andrew Peterson's Adorning the Dark (which I encourage you to read), and he's as love-struck with Rich Mullins as I've been with C.S. Lewis. I'm pretty he sure mentions the guy at least once in every chapter, just like I've probably mentioned Lewis in most of my…

Gossip, Backbiting, and Whispering

Am I being an empathetic listener, or am I enabling gossip? Am I only seeking counsel? Or am I trying to eavesdrop or putting others in the position to gossip?  Am I listening to someone with the gift of discernment? Or is it self-righteous slander? Character assassination? Or creating division?  Is it just venting? Just…

An Apology to Men

Over the past year, I’ve been reminded of some heart-breaking ways that our culture, even pockets in Christian culture, deem fit to treat men. I was reminded of my own contributions years ago when I went through my own man-hating stage. Yes, it may have come from some wounds, but it was far from the…

Badges of Honor, Hiding Our Shame

I am a perfectionist.  I'm an overachiever. I can be a workaholic. Like you, I've heard many people make these statements, and I've made them myself. (I'm trying to quit.) But over the past few years I've noticed something about how we make these statements. Tone and body language can communicate quite a bit, as…

Learning in Wartime: A Podcast

Hey friends, I wanted to connect you with a new and fantastic podcast named after a lecture given by C.S. Lewis to his students at Oxford during WWII called "Learning in Wartime." In this podcast, Providence Academy Secondary Principal Dane Bundy, Dean of Students Bryce Ballard, and I explore truth, goodness, and beauty through both…