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Battling the “Lusts of the Flesh” During Yard Work

I know this was stupid, but last weekend, I did two hours of yard work, despite the fact that I had a severe sinus infection.  It all happened because my wife was outside planting bulbs, and I just couldn’t handle the fact that she was laboring in the yard while I sat inside and rested (which was exactly what I needed to be doing).   Read more

5 Biblical Principles for Big Dreamers

When I was in seventh grade, I wrote in my journal that I wanted to be an attorney when I grew up, because “attorneys get to do my three favorite things: argue, be dramatic and be right.” In that same journal entry, I also sheepishly acknowledged that being an attorney probably wasn’t a reality for me. Read more

A Valuable Lesson on Marriage from a 10-year-old Email

Ten years ago, I had an email exchange with my friend Bethany Greenoe, in which she offered some marital advice to me.  I wasn’t even dating anyone seriously at the time, but her words were so meaningful that I saved the message in my “Memorable Emails” folder.  Read more

I refuse to racially profile people: Washington, D.C. resident responds to ISIS threat

If all the doomsday headlines are right, the mass-murdering thugs from ISIS have made Washington, D.C., their next target. As someone who lives and works in the nation’s capital, I’m not thrilled to hear the news.  Read more

Rest in Peace, Baby Mary Diana

Last week in Chicago, a man found a newborn baby girl lying on the ground outside his apartment. Her umbilical cord was still attached and she was barely alive after suffering blunt force trauma. She died shortly thereafter, and police later discovered that she had been thrown from a ninth story window by her mother. Read more

Thank a Veteran Today – You Never Know What it Will Mean to Them

Until a few years ago, every November I called an old man named John Moorhead and wished him a happy Veteran’s Day.  Read more

That Time I Lied and Said Sex Doesn’t Feel Good

I was the senior class president of Petal High School in 1997, and one of my duties was to make a trip to the middle school to talk about sexual abstinence with the eighth graders. Read more

Before You Freak Out Over a Starbuck’s Cup…

Starbucks released its famous red holiday cup this week.  And unlike past designs, which included snowflakes, reindeer, and other agnostic clipart, this year’s cup is just red.  That’s it.  A red cup. Read more

Americans less religious? Don’t be fooled, believers are holding steady

Americans are less religious than they were eight years ago, according the Pew Research Center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape StudyRead more

The One Thing You Can Always Pray

Whenever I’m anxious, I often feel paralyzed and unable to pray. In those moments, I remember two elderly women who taught me a simple way to connect with God. Read more


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