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

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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

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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]

The least of these

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As many of you probably already know, the Dobrovits family lost their special little boy named Henry last week. The story of his short two years on earth, and of how he ended up in their family, is an amazing one that needs to be shared. I had the honor of meeting Henry’s mother,… [Continue Reading]

My (very late) word for the year

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I didn’t choose a “word of the year” this year. The New Year happened to coincide a particularly low point in the book process, even by doomed project standards, and I scrapped the whole word choosing process when the only options I could come up with were: Futility Despair Floccinaucinihilipilification Then last Tuesday I… [Continue Reading]

Five bags for Alicia

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last Monday I did a major closet cleanout. It came about in the way all of my big household projects come about: I noticed that there was a problem, muttered something along the lines of I should do something about this at some point, promptly forgot about it, and ignored the situation until it… [Continue Reading]

Rock the present moment

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the topics I’ve struggled with since the beginning of my conversion is the role of ambition in the Christian life. I have an odd personality type that could be described as “mostly extremely lazy, with occasional flashes of Type A behavior.” In other words, by default I sit on the couch and… [Continue Reading]

What kneeling on a department store floor taught me about gratitude

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As regular readers know, I am a gratitude ignoramus. This concept that flows so easily through the lives of others never fails to leave me confounded; I stand around scratching my head and analyzing what it means to count your blessings, while other people are actually counting their blessings. Ann Voskamp (whose blog I’m pretty… [Continue Reading]

Living an awesome story

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A good nickname for me would be “Inertia,” because, like the dictionary definition of the word, I tend to “exist in a state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.” If my choice is accepting an invitation to go to an interesting social… [Continue Reading]

6 Questions My Spiritual Director Would Ask

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve mentioned a few times that I had an amazing spiritual director named Christie. Unfortunately, she’s gotten busy with other commitments and I haven’t been able to meet with her lately, so I’ve been without a spiritual director for a while now. I hope to find a new person soon, but in the meantime… [Continue Reading]

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

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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]