American. Heroes.

On September 11, 2001, I was working at the News-Press, our local paper. Like every other American, that morning I woke to a new world, and though I didn’t know it yet, everything was about to change. I rushed to the newsroom and spent the next day and night combing the wire services, forwarding photos […]

About that sinking feeling…

You have not been left out. You have not been left behind. You have not wasted your life. You have not failed your calling. ––– You still matter to God. You still have much to offer. You are still valuable to the world around you. The best is yet to come. ––– Now get to […]

Silver Bullets

There are no “silver bullets” or one-size-fits-all solutions. We may take giant steps from time to time, but they are still only steps in a journey that will –and must– continue until the day we die. “Success” in life is not so much about arriving as it is about embracing the process of becoming.

Is it Really Love?

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:10) Love is a word our culture loves to throw around without definition. We use it in a way that seems to say the essence of love is “always be nice to me and never tell me anything that […]

Three Acceptances

To accept the world as it is without losing hope; this is the great journey of adulthood and maturity. To accept people for who they are, not for who you wish them to be; this is the great task of love. To accept that though disappointment and pain are part of our lot in this life, they […]


Worship is not an event you attend once a week; it’s the lifestyle you practice every day. In reality, everyone, everywhere, at all times is worshipping someone or something, because worship is simply the act of demonstrating the value (or “worth”) of something by giving it priority. When you prioritize one person, activity or interest above others […]

Thoughts on working through a miscarriage

It was a Tuesday night around 9pm. The doctor strode in to our room at the ER and announced to my wife and me, “I’m sorry, you’ve had a miscarriage.” Heather had already known; she had felt it in her body and her heart. I was holding on to hope, not wanting to believe, but […]

Entitlement, gratitude, and marketing

Entitlement is the mortal enemy of gratitude. The more we feel we deserve something, the less likely we are to feel grateful when it comes. So, the great and tragic irony of modern marketing is this: the more advertisers tell us we deserve whatever product or service or lifestyle they are selling, the more they […]

Don’t let politics derail your perspective

An Encouraging Word DON’T LET POLITICS DERAIL YOUR PERSPECTIVE Today my friend texted me in despair. “I’ve given up on everything political,” he said.  “If things are going to change for the better, it’s going to happen by changing the hearts of men.” How right he was. Today’s landmark Supreme Court decision will forever alter the […]

What Christmas Means to Me

I have no presents to open today. Don’t take that the wrong way.  Our family exchanged gifts a few nights ago when my brothers and sisters-in-law were in town, so it’s not like I lost my ticket for the goodie train this year.  But, since the gift-giving is done, this morning will bring no fantastic […]