Being a Christian Can Be Exhausting

I’m tired. I woke up at 3:30 this morning and didn’t fall back asleep. This happens with some frequency so I’ve made it a habit to keep a book nearby so I can read for a bit. Occasionally, after reading a bit, I’ll fall back to sleep and get a few more hours of needed…

What If Jesus Isn’t Republican?

We’re in the middle of this every 4 year cycle of election season. Presidential candidates have gone a few rounds in debates, social media is ablaze with advocacy for particular candidates and more than enough disparaging of the opposition. For the next 12 months we’ll work hard to polarize our relationships, draw lines in the…

Get Weird: Finding Oneself Amidst the Status Quo

When everyone around you is traveling by horse and carriage why not harness up a hippo and hit the streets? It’s weird to travel by hippo and carriage, really weird. But, it’s also awesome!!! You’re telling me if you had the chance to travel by hippo and carriage you wouldn’t take it? That’s nuts, of…

Life Is Not A Lottery

My wife and I try to make road trips interesting by buying scratch off lottery tickets in every state through which we travel. We just stopped in Illinois and bought five $1 tickets. The odds of winning our $1 back are 1 in 10. The odds of winning the grand prize of $500 a week…

The Riches of Choice

In We Are All Weird, Seth Godin describes being rich as having choices. When you have choices you have influence over your own world. When you can choose whether to eat Cheetos or celery, buy a new car or repair you old beater, fly to see family or drive cross country, save more for retirement…

Ideas Are Pointless

…unless put into action. For far too long, I’ve been an idea guy. I have ideas on the way things should be, how to build a better a business, how to make more money, have more impact, have a better marriage, but without action my ideas are pointless. In many areas I’ve been a thinker…

Moving: “Hope in Transition”

One of our favorite musicians is Brendan James (check him out here). He’s a soulful piano man playing modest venues across the country. We’ve seen him in concert twice and both were phenomenal. We’re seeing him in concert again next month. We’re fairly excited as it’s been a few years. His 2012 album is titled…