I love Christmas. As a kid, it was my favorite day of the year. But as much as I love Christmas and everything it represents, I must say it’s no longer the day of the year I look forward to the most. No, my friends, that day is now the fourth Thursday in November. That’s right, as an adult, Thanksgiving has become my favorite day of the year. Why? Well, if you knew anything about me and my love for […]
I remember the drive home from the hospital after the birth of our first child. While the drive to the hospital was obviously a significant moment, there was something much more weighty about that first drive home. On the way there, the car seat was still empty. But on the way home, little newborn Jude was there, lying in his little Marlins onesie and blanket . . . and I was very aware of it. Our Jeep had another passenger, […]
How to discern what God wants for your life. – By Relevant Magazine (relevantmagazine.com)
I never cared for discernment in my early years of being a Christian. All that mattered to me was love and passion. As long as I loved God and was passionate about reaching people, I was on the right track.
However, a few years into ministry and leadership roles, I learned that passion was not enough to accomplish the things that God […]
I love holidays—and yes, I view birthdays and anniversaries as holidays. They’re great, aren’t they? Who doesn’t love time off from work, festive attire, great food, and celebrating with the people we love? From Thanksgiving and Christmas to wedding anniversaries and birthdays, these days often contain some of our most vivid memories. In my house, we not only celebrate our wedding anniversary, but I also like to celebrate the anniversary of the day I met my wife—at a Macaroni Grill […]
Whenever I want to put on a movie at home and don’t have anything new to watch, chances are I’m going to put on either a superhero flick or something from the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings sagas. Recently, I decided to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron for probably the eighth or ninth time.
In this most recent viewing, I was really struck by one line delivered towards the end of the film. Reflecting on some of the events that had just taken place, Natasha […]
Have you ever weighed food before? As a kid, I used to love going to the grocery store for—amongst a great many reasons—the thrill of putting plantains, potatoes, apples, or peaches on the scale. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I actually thought it was pretty awesome. I even made a game out of guessing how many fruits it would take to reach a certain weight.
Why am I telling you this very strange and seemingly insignificant detail of my past? […]
My earliest memory with prejudice was from the second grade. One day, my teacher asked the students to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they were older. I, a bright-eyed, naïve little chap, drew a picture of myself as the President of the United States of America. My teacher took one look at it and said to me, “You’ll never be President with your last name, sweetie.” Bam! Just like that, the dreams of a seven-year-old […]
At some point or another in our Christian walk, we’ve probably all pondered this. Usually, it comes during a season of remorse, drifting, or on the heels of prodigal living. We wonder, Can God still really love me after what I’ve done? Not after this. This is too much. I have conversed with believers who thought they had crossed a line from which there was no coming back. They truly believed God was done with them, that their eternal security was gone […]
Have you ever been asked to summarize who you are? Maybe you had to write a bio for your Facebook or LinkedIn profile. Maybe you’ve been asked to describe yourself during a job interview. Maybe you were on a date and you were asked the question, “So tell me about yourself.” In those moments, we try to find the best words to condense in our origin, heritage, personality, character, credentials, strengths, and our likes and dislikes into a few words.
Some groups of people seem destined to be at odds with one another forever. Hatfields and McCoys, Yorks and Lancasters, Capulets and Montagues, Trekkies and Warsies, Yankees and Red Sox, elves and dwarves . . . and the list goes on and on. We even see this in the Bible with the Jews and the Samaritans.
Many times, the feuding factions don’t even know why they’re at each other’s throats, or their feud is based on some petty slight. In Romeo and Juliet, we’re never […]