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 […]

Clean out your social media cupboards

In 2018, I was weighing in at a doughy 250 lbs. While I liked to think of myself as “muscular,” looking back at some older pictures (thank you Facebook and Instagram), it is hard to deny that I was really just chubby. My wife gently directed me to a program at her hospital. It was […]

How to Make Theological Choices

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who […]

4 Practices for Developing Character

“Christianity isn’t worth a snap of your finger if it doesn’t straighten out your character. I have got tired of all mere gush and sentiment. If people can’t tell when you are telling the truth, there is something radically wrong, and you had better straighten it out right away.” D.L. Moody I was working with […]

Making Decisions, Becoming Disciples

In the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, Jaron Lanier, founding father of virtual reality and a computer scientist, offers the following insight regarding the “product” of “free” internet: “It’s the gradual, slight, imperceptible change in your own behavior and perception that is the product…Changing what you do, how you think, who you are.” The documentary […]