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10 Things The Church Isn’t (and 10 Things It Is)

My parents began dragging me to church ever since I was a baby.  One of my earliest memories is vomiting down the back of my dad’s suit during our first visit at some new church when I was a toddler. Back then, church seemed inaccessible and unapproachable.  It was...

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Rest is spiritual.

In our action-oriented, fast-paced American culture, that statement seems as logical as saying “fried chicken is heart healthy.” It sounds like the kind of thing you tell yourself when you need another reason to procrastinate - a lazy man’s...

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The Moments Marriage Was Made For

In a few weeks, Holly and I will celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe we’ve been married this long. It’s also hard to believe that we have a five year old, that we’re pregnant with our second child, and that we’ve known each other for over a...

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Christmas Is For Those Who Dread It

When I was a kid, Christmas was the most predictable time of the year. I've spent my entire life here in the Dallas area. Both sets of my grandparents live within a mile of each other. My parents still live in the house we moved into when I was in elementary school....

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You Can’t “Speak Truth in Love” Without This

When I became a dad, I was so excited to hold my son for the first time. There's nothing quite like holding your newborn baby in your arms. Aside from the cuteness, I'm always struck by a newborn's innocence. It's a new life, a clean slate. Over the child's lifetime,...

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5 Things I Learned About Calling in My 20s

Mornings are often crazy for me. With my son's preschool next door to my office, I am the one responsible for getting him ready and off to class. Our routine includes him climbing into bed with me right before my alarm goes off, an all-out war over him getting...

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God’s Unlikely Cast of Heroes

Since my earliest days, my parents have always dragged me to church.  I grew up learning all of the Bible stories, even the Veggie Tales versions of them.  Seriously, it’s hard not to imagine Jonah as an asparagus who jumped off a pirate ship piloted by a cucumber. If...

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What “God is Still on His Throne” Doesn’t Mean

Every election season, I'm amused by the strange side conversations that result as America chooses from our menu of presidential candidates. In the 2008 campaign between Obama and McCain, everyone fell in love with “Joe the Plumber, ” a random guy who asked a question...

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A Dad’s Perspective on the Mommy Wars

I’ll never forget the moment I found out I was going to be a dad. On the morning of July 4, 2011, my wife came out of the bedroom of our apartment holding the positive pregnancy test. We were scared, excited, and caught up in the emotions of the moment.

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My City’s Wound

This was originally written in 2013, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. I’ve lived in the Dallas area nearly my entire life. I have plenty of friends who can call any place home. They’ll move across the country and, for them, it’s...

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