Christian living

So…did you bring a gift?

So…did you bring a gift?

The weird, and sometimes maddening truth about gifts is that some of their inherent value is the inconvenience itself.

The variables you’re not planning for

The variables you’re not planning for

You won’t get much done if you’re factoring in an earthquake contingency plan as part of your daily schedule. On the other hand, if you operate on the equation of ‘planning yields success’, you’ll lose a sense of perspective, gratitude and balance.

Why fasting? Because we’re all spiritually fat

Why fasting? Because we’re all spiritually fat

When you think of “pampered, comfortable, spoiled, and entitled,” are these words you mostly use to complain about millenials, or do you recognize how you and I carry some of that same fat?

Treat yo’ self every day

Treat yo’ self every day

If America had a life verse for its past fifty years, this would be it: “treat yo’ self.”

Don’t trust your gut

Don’t trust your gut

The band OneRepublic said it perfectly: “I feel something so right, doing the wrong thing, and I feel something so wrong doing the right thing.”

Close your mouth to save your life

Close your mouth to save your life

It’s not only a concern for others that motivates us to keep our mouth shut. It should be an instinct of self-preservation.

Why some people are black holes

Why some people are black holes

What we find in the wicked is… nothing. It’s an absence, a nothingness. Instead of seeing perhaps some malformed root growing in the wicked, or some different organism, what we discover is a great black hole.

Renew the city – start with yourself

Renew the city – start with yourself

The reason why the subject of city transformation or cultural renewal will spawn an infinite number of books, articles, and resources, is because by God’s wisdom, the actual process is so hard to pin down. Blessing comes to an area through the lives of upright people. That’s a pretty indirect route.

Getting what you want, or your nightmare

Getting what you want, or your nightmare

The more you dread failure, the more your minor failures will haunt you. You will replay them in your mind, repent of them, take vows to never repeat them. And thus failure, the very thing you are trying to avoid, will control you. It will guide your hand, and chain your soul

Feasting in a luxurious house

Feasting in a luxurious house

There are two main objections in people’s minds when they consider setting themselves toward living a life of wisdom. First, that sounds hard. Second, that sounds boring.