theological implications from the grocery store meat department

“We’re out of chicken.” Those are my wife’s words almost every time we enter the grocery store. And so we alter our shopping path ever so slightly over to the meat department after we finish replenishing our stash of fruits and veggies. Our decision comes down to which cellophane-wrapped styrofoam board contains the biggest, juiciest-looking…

loving the process as much as the outcome

I’m assuming you’re at least somewhat of a reader. And this may just be me, but that feeling of being only a few pages away from finishing a book usually keeps me from actually retaining anything the author wrote. Such was the case with the book I just finished, until I was struck by a simple five-word…

reoriented

For those lucky few who don’t know what dizzy bat is, it’s an abusive and borderline-torturous game calling for each player to hold their forehead to the end of a bat, spin around it a certain number of times (depending on how cruel the rule-maker is) and then make a drunken dash for a finish line…

open-minded Christians

Bible believers are famous for being all kinds of things–open-minded is typically not one of them. Considering this controversial topic, I thought I’d take a crack at addressing a simple question: does Christianity encourage its followers to be open-minded? This question can’t truly be answered until we understand what it means to be open-minded. Like…

extraordinary?

We live in a world where a lot of really bad things happen. Sometimes these near-daily atrocities are caused by evil people; other times they reach crisis-levels as a byproduct of inaction and apathy; and still other tragedies seem to be completely random and unavoidable. In each of these cases, we’ve come to label those who…

redefining ‘on mission’

When I came back to the States after a year-long, nation-hopping mission trip in 2011, I had a problem. In a nutshell, I was back in the States. As a disciple of Jesus who was now aware of the rest of the world, home was suddenly a place I didn’t feel like I belonged in anymore. I…

the next chapter

  Over the past two months, I’ve consciously known I was living in the middle of a major life-testimony. Most of the time, I was extremely grateful and appreciative for this. Witnessing such incredible support and love from my wife, family and community has been humbling and I’ve been so honored to know and be reminded…