Being Faithful in a World of Achievement

The last time I did Strengths Finder, my top strength was “achiever.” Throughout most of my life, I would say that attribute has manifested itself more than any other. For a long time, I was stuck in a cycle of achievement. I’d start a project, work had to get it done, and then start another […]

Who are you listening to?

When I was an Assistant Dean in distance learning, my department was going through a fair degree of change. It seemed as though everything was against us and I was having trouble not taking things personally. Every decision seemed like a personal affront. I was venting about the situation to my wife Kim, and when […]

What you really, really want

Dwight Moody once said, “Let our thoughts rest upon Him; and He will lift us above ourselves, and above the world, and satisfy our utmost desires.” Our own wants and desires aren’t always our best guide. We need God to transform our desires and help us to see what it is that we truly want. […]

Why I Will Always Be a Christian

Over the past few years, several reports have been released of prominent pastors and theologians who have decided not to be Christian any longer. This has prompted me to reflect on my time as a Christian and to ask myself a simple, straightforward question: will I always be a Christian?

Can You Live Your Faith on Social Media?

While pursuing my Master of Divinity in the early 2000’s, I worked as a personal trainer. It was the perfect job for a seminary student. Not only did my work schedule leave the middle of my day free for classes and study, but I also had the opportunity to interact with clients one-on-one and to […]

In the Little Things: Faith and Transformation

In Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, Samuel Wells argues that our ability to make ethical choices is seldom a question of having special resolve at the moment of decision. It is a question of preparation, or “moral effort,” through which we develop habits that form Christian instincts which kick in at the “moment of decision.” […]

3 Spiritual Lessons from Lifting

I have been an avid weight lifter for close to 30 years now. While I’ve never participated at any sort of competitive level (or even had a desire to), I think that my many years in the weight room has engrained within me a few lessons that are relevant to the church in the United […]

Redeeming Your Time

My wife and I recently spent a week at her family’s farm. We slept in a barn converted into a cozy living space, had internet that was just a little slower than normal (a good thing, since I did a lot less mindless scrolling and searching), and just had a lot fewer distractions. We even […]

Transforming Our Questions

“Dad, are we there yet?” These five words in combination may be the bane of every parent’s existence. Driving to Florida for vacation with my wife and three young children, I knew the question was coming. I waited in dread and anticipation wondering which of my children would ask the question first and when. As […]