Tonight, I am intrigued about the depth of the scars we bear on our souls. I had a conversation with a man on my softball team tonight about something, and it brought up so many thoughts and emotions that I haven’t revisited in a long time. It was about something that is a present reality in my life, but also something that I really don’t think deeply about very often. I began to recall some memories that I have evidently unconsciously repressed, because when I remember them they don’t seem real. And then I am sitting in Chick-fil-a a bit […]

crashing in

This is an excerpt from a post that my beautiful wife wrote on her new blog about a week ago.  It honestly made me cry when I read it the first time.  She just amazes me beyond my minds ability to comprehend it, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she will rub off on me and teach me how to write.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did: 1 John 2.8  “the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” “The Kingdom is to me… Amazing Grace read aloud as it slowly softens […]

i wish i was a poet

I did not write this, and I’m usually not a poetry kind of guy.  I took poetry in college, and I was terrible at it.  I got frustrated because I just couldn’t grasp the beauty and the depth of many poems all of the “artsy” people in the room could.  I guess I was just jealous.  But I came across this on a blog I read occasionally and I thought it was beautiful enough to share: O little child of Salem Why weep ye so today? I weep the gentle master Who wiped my tears away. Last night in Joseph’s […]

a spoonful of humility

Lately I’ve been thinking about what God has been teaching me in the changes of the past year. One of the prevalent and painstaking lessons I have been learning is undoubtedly humility. And one of the clearest avenues that these lessons have come through is by my so called “career” since graduating college. When I graduated in May and moved to Columbia to help with Midtown I had these big plans of getting an awesome job at some non-profit that I would love and that would really make a difference in people’s lives. I cannot tell you how many jobs […]

gas station eschatology

I used to be a really big Left Behind fan.  I don’t care what you say about them, or about how off Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ theology is…they are just good fiction.  Those books define the word “page-turner”. However, during the past few years at Anderson, I learned a lot that changed my views on eschatology.  I am infinitely grateful for this, as I believe it has given me a more holistic picture of God’s redemption.  Plus, it has freed me from having to read Revelation like a theological crossword puzzle, and also saved me from having to affirm […]

the deceptiveness of time…

Time is just so weird. I’m discovering that even when I think it is no longer possible to do so time inevitably keeps moving by faster and faster, like a sprinter accelerating off the line. High school was gone with the quickness. I blinked a few times and college was over. And now it seems as though “real life” is moving even faster. And when I think about the future, like in 3 years when I am 25, it seems like that is almost no time. It feels like it will be here just a few days from now when […]

my mocking voice

This has always been one of my favorites… How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure that he should give his only Son to make a wretch his treasure. How great the pain of searing loss. The Father turns his face away as wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory. Behold the Man upon a cross, my sin upon his shoulders. Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held him there until it was accomplished; his dying breath has brought me life. I […]

here’s to you, barnes & noble

Last night Kristi and I went on a great double date with Dustin and Renie. We went to Olive Garden and ate some delicious food, and from there visited the new Starbucks and went to Barnes and Noble. It was just a really fun night with so much great conversation…another example of how community is so good for my soul. I learned a lot during the night as well… 1) Midtown is going to be such an awesome sending out place for church planters. It won’t always be easy when people(maybe myself one day?) leave our family in Columbia to […]

healing through family

 I wrote this a while back.  Its kind of long for a blog, but I decided to post it just in case… I spent this past weekend in an outrageously enormous log cabin on the side of a mountain in Gatlinburg, TN.  You are probably jealous, as well you should be.  But this was not one of those calm, restful getaways.  Oh no. This was family vacation. Only, it wasn’t my biological family—although I have been blessed with an amazing one.  This was my church family. For me, that statement in itself is laughably ironic.  I am the chief of […]

your best teeth now!

You really just have to check this video out.