Are we all delusional? (and other questions about having a relationship with God)

Explore God

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail On Monday I met up with pastors John Burke and Eric Bryant of Gateway Church here in Austin to film a Q&A session for the Explore God campaign. Burke, Bryant, and the moderator Bridget Henderson have done an amazing job with this series, so it was an honor to be a part of it. The… [Continue Reading]

Explaining where God is when we suffer, when there are no words


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail No 7 Quick Takes Friday this week. Blessed Good Friday to you all! I don’t know whether I’m just extra sensitive right now or whether a whole lot of people are having a really bad 2013, but it seems that I’ve come across an unusual number of stories of great suffering lately. From friends,… [Continue Reading]

Christmas, sorrow, and a song

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve been meaning to ask this for two years, but have never gotten around to it. Now seems to be as good of a time as any: Can anyone tell me what this song is? (If you can’t see the player, here is a link to the recording.) During Advent of 2010 I had… [Continue Reading]

The dangers of spiritual glamor (complete with a creepy Ouija board story)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Right before the New Year during my sophomore year of high school, my best friend and I got out her old Ouija board. As she smoothed away the dust with the palm of her hand and placed the board on the floor in front of us, she recounted to me with great emphasis a… [Continue Reading]

The Antagonist

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When I sat down to write this final draft of my book, I felt like I knew a lot about story. My three bookshelves jammed with tomes about the craft of storytelling were a testament to how much I’d learned about the subject over the past few years. And so as I set out… [Continue Reading]

No, son, the F-word actually won’t make your life better


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My six-year-old son returned from Yaya‘s house on Monday to report a thrilling discovery: according to the older boys on her street, there is a really, really bad word that starts with F! His eyes sparkled as he reported this most important of news. “They told me that there’s this horrible word, and it… [Continue Reading]

BE DONE (Our Father, Word by Word)


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done . On Sunday we heard Jesus speak the words, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” Thy will be done, he says. And… [Continue Reading]

Is it irresponsible to trust God too much?


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last week I was all inspired about the idea of placing full trust in God, and I shared a story about a missionary who learned to trust God in all things, down to getting a cake for a Bible study event. In response there were quite a number of corrective comments that raised interesting questions… [Continue Reading]

A friend of the Emperor

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m writing about the first time I read the Bible in the book right now. I thought I’d share this reflection that came to mind as I was writing that didn’t make the cut for inclusion in the book… When I read the Bible for the first time a few years ago, I had… [Continue Reading]

How would you know?

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This picture haunts me: It’s just one of many pictures from a photo album full of pictures of the staff at Auschwitz relaxing and having a great time, sometimes with their children, during on-site retreats. I originally posted it as part of my post about “good people” and “bad people,” but I’ve thought about… [Continue Reading]