The Purpose of a Writer (and Anybody Else)

Do you ever wonder what you’re doing? Or why you’re doing it? Sometimes I feel that way about writing. I wonder whether I should even be doing this. I don’t really have the life experience of an author much older than I have. I haven’t gone through as much hardship …

When Earthly Beauty Looks Beyond Earth

It’s so easy to forget how much beauty there is around us. I went for a walk yesterday, mostly to enjoy the cool breeze and get some exercise. The streets around my neighborhood wouldn’t necessarily be called scenic. It’s a sort-of-rural-sort-of-suburb kind of area–lots of houses, a few fields with animals …

Why Do You Sing On Sunday?

  On the surface, a concert isn’t that much different from Sunday morning worship. Sure, there are some differences. But if you think about it, both involve music. Both have someone standing up front, usually with a guitar, and singing into a mic while the audience sings along from their …

The Greatest Kind of Deliverance

My most recent study project is Psalm 40. It’s a beautiful prayer of trust in God and cries for deliverance. I’ve been going section by two-or-three-verse section, trying to dive into the rich truth this psalm contains. At its core, this chapter is about trust and deliverance. It’s about waiting …

O Come, Emmanuel | The Breathtaking Hope of Advent

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel. Advent is about waiting. It’s the weeks leading up to Christmas, when we remember Israel’s longing for the Messiah, the thousands of years before He came. We remember the prophecies, the wondering when the Savior would appear. We remember the darkness …

The Beauty of Intentional Friendships

Something I’ve been discovering lately is how much I need intentionality in my friendships. Up until pretty recently, there were friends I saw three or four times a week without even trying. I had church twice a week, plus one or two co-ops, and there was a lot of overlap …

Go Outside Your House

I hate running. I know some people find it enjoyable and fun, and I respect them highly because I honestly can’t comprehend that. For me, running is a combination of pain and boredom. Biking, on the other hand, I can do. I’ve been riding a bike since I was maybe …