life

1st Annual Awards for Quotes of the Academic Year

It is now time for the Premiere Awards to be given for the greatest quotes in student papers for the 2015/2016 Academic year. In my real life, I am a ministry professor at a college percolating with inspirational students. My students usually write with strong critical thinking skills and a sense of profound articulation. However, occasionally, […]

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family, life, parenting

Conversations with Elly

My 10-year old daughter and I have lots of great conversations. She has wonderful childlike wit and joy. Here are some of the best conversations with Elly: April 24 Me: Sorry you have a nerd for a dad, Elly. Elly: You’re not a nerd, Dad. Me: Ah, thanks, Elly. Elly: Nerds are smart.   April 20 […]

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culture, devotional, devotional, Jesus, leadership, life, Make a Difference, spiritual formation

Martin Luther King Jr was countercultural

*The following devotional will appear in my new book, Make a Difference: 365 World-Changing Devotions (2016). In the face of hostility, Martin Luther King upheld mercy. He had every right to retaliate against those who hurled threats, insults, and physical harm. Yet he chose a different path, one that changed the trajectory of a powerful nation, […]

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culture, generational transference, generations, leadership, life, Make a Difference, missional, spiritual formation

Open Letter to Millennials

The mess of current events encourages paranoia. So you might have noticed the repetitious alarms of despairing things being said about the world you must now live in. But I want to offer another perspective, a commissioning, directly to those of you who are in your teenage or young adult years: Don’t let anyone look down on what you […]

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life, Psalms, spiritual formation, worship

Mortals

So there is water on Mars, eh? It’s cool that we found that out. But, you know, this is no surprise to God, right? It’s ironic how we can be so proud to discover things that God already knows. It’s not truly a discovery, except to us. It’s no different than Columbus “discovering” by accident a […]

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life

Funny Essay Answer

One of my favorite quotes from 5 years of giving essay exams. I’m sure this year’s students wouldn’t do anything like this: “I now know the difference between write and wrong.” Uh… are you sure?

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culture, Jesus, life, spiritual formation

The Magnetism of the Provocative

We were created to live radical lives. We were made to be deeply alive, to be stretched to our fullest, and to be passionately involved in this world. So it is no wonder we are attracted to the provocative. “Provocative” means to “call forward”. It recognizes our God-created thirst for activity and purpose. After all, […]

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culture, life, spiritual formation

The Angry Shopper

A little baby stopped breathing at a superstore a few weeks ago. I arrived just as the medics placed the baby and a distraught woman into an ambulance outside the front doors. Inside, a visibly emotional, shaken employee was kindly directing a shopper to an open checkout lane. The shopper was evidently upset too… but not out […]

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devotional, Jesus Everyday, life

BECAUSE PEOPLE FEEL TRAPPED

BECAUSE PEOPLE FEEL TRAPPED – OUR WORLD NEEDS JESUS EVERYDAY because people feel trapped. Sometimes people may succeed in constructing moments in which they feel, if even for merely a breath, unrestricted. But these moments are fleeting… for the entrapments of consequences, injustice, oppression, illness, circumstances, ceilings, frustrations and rules eventually close in life’s walls […]

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family, life

Ode to Zachary!

Happy Birthday to my 5,844 day-old child (… don’t forget the 4 leap years if you try to do the math). So in honor of his great achievement of life, I thought I’d write him an embarrassing epic poem: Learn More

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life

NEW SITE!

You might not notice or even care… but to me it’s a big deal. After blogging for eight years at Typepad, I’ve decided to migrate all of my content from Typepad to WordPress. That’s 1400 posts of bible studies, devotions, family activities, and even some really regrettable, stupid stuff. 🙂 There is still much work to do, […]

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