Book Review: Wrecked by Jeff Goins

I met Jeff Goins last September at the STORY Conference in Chicago. I had been following his blog for a while and as we talked, I found liked him more and more. Being two young guys in ministry who also love to write–we had a lot to chat about. Thus a cyber-friendship became a real-life [...]

Giveaway Insanity for Every Bush Is Burning

Man. It’s been a really crazy, fun week for Every Bush Is Burning. Last Wednesday I started a promotion where the Kindle version would be free for 5 days, to hopefully spread the word and gain some exposure. I was hoping it would reach a couple thousand new readers total, but when I checked the [...]

Every Bush Is Burning: Free On Kindle This Week!

If you haven’t checked out my book yet, now is the perfect time. Why? Because you can get it for FREE on Kindle for the next 5 days (July 25 – July 29). (Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! You can read a Kindle book from almost anywhere…details here.) Also, if you’ve read the book and [...]

Things That Suck: Racism And Churches Ran By Non-Christians

You are not going to believe this. Sunday night I was sitting on the steps of the church before our 5:00 gathering talking to someone. An African-American man in his forties walked by with a woman about the same age, smiling and nodding. When I smiled and waved back, he stopped for a minute and [...]

Happy 4th of July World…Love America

My friend Jon Ludovina made this to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s a list of all the things, in his words, that “America has invented and given to the world free of charge. You’re welcome, world.” I have no idea where he found all of this (or really, how true they all are), but [...]

My Pride and the $100 Cockroach

I’ve known for a long time that I have a pretty stable personality. What I mean by that is, at least around most people I’m mostly always the same person, in the same chill mood. I’m not very excitable, and I don’t get down about things often. I score high on the S part of [...]

All Day Long I Feel Created

Thinking about this stunning passage from Annie Dillard’s Holy The Firm today. “I salt my breakfast eggs. All day long I feel created. I can see the blown dust on the skin of the back of my hand, the tiny trapezoids of chipped clay, moistened and breathed alive. There are some created sheep in the [...]

The Kind Of Father I Long To Be

  On Father’s Day I stumbled on this post by John Piper describing the father of a missionary named John G. Paton. Piper introduces some brief sections of John Paton’s autobiography and shares some quotes from the book concerning his father. Piper: “There was a “closet” where his father would go for prayer as a [...]

You Become Numb To It

This past weekend Kristi and I went to the Upstate to see our families and go to her brother’s high school graduation. When we visit, we always stay with my Mema because she has plenty of extra room (and because she’s awesome). Staying there has become one of our favorite places in the world–from sitting [...]

Bragging On My Boo

Welp. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. Longer than a while, actually. For good reason, though. May was a tad on the crazy side. Kristi graduated from grad school, we mourned the loss of her grandfather, and I was out of commission for a while due to having minor surgery (to remove a cyst [...]