Outliers, Success, and the Sovereignty of God

What causes success? That question—or rather, answers to that question—have produced countless books, conferences, and soul-searching experiences. Success is an obsession for our culture. Judging by most of the literature and films on the topic, determination and skill are the two ingredients to success. You want to succeed? Look to the example of Rocky Balboa or … Continue reading Outliers, Success, and the Sovereignty of God

Jesus is Greater than Your Twitter Bio

We use all sorts of activities and attributes to define ourselves. Runner. Writer. Foodie. Christian. Jesus freak. Agnostic. Democrat. Libertarian. Baller. Coffee snob. Reader. Dad. Mom. Reluctant father-in-law. Our social media bios are filled with descriptors like these. Now, let's be honest. Just because I list something on my bio doesn't mean that it's true. … Continue reading Jesus is Greater than Your Twitter Bio

America’s Favorite Pastime

I hear that baseball is America's favorite past time, but I'm not buying it for one second. No, that's not the sport that attracts the masses. Our favorite activity has to be political commentary. Don't believe me? Just check out your Facebook news feed. If nothing else, Mark Zuckerberg has created an online congress of … Continue reading America’s Favorite Pastime

Maybe You Don’t Need Another To-do List

I like to-do lists. More specifically, I like the sight of having items crossed off the list. It communicates a sense of completion. Seeing the list, I actually feel like I'm being productive, even if it's things like taking out the trash or calling a friend I haven't spoken to in a while. I use … Continue reading Maybe You Don’t Need Another To-do List

A Prayer for 2015

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God … Continue reading A Prayer for 2015

Reading Plans for 2015

Bible reading plans can be a helpful tool if you're looking for structure in your personal Bible study. Some years I use one to guide my reading and other times I just read through the books of my own choice. Right now, for instance, I'm reading repeatedly through Ephesians to get a better grasp of … Continue reading Reading Plans for 2015

Spiritual Giants and Our Limitations

I enjoy reading biographies and stories from church history. It's hard not to become more passionate for missions when you encounter the life of Lottie Moon, or to have a fire in your bones to preach after reading about the zeal of Charles Spurgeon. Studying church history is a valuable practice for all Christians, but … Continue reading Spiritual Giants and Our Limitations