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I Want to Relive My Rehearsal Dinner

I’ll be frank: when my mom first shared her zany idea for my wedding rehearsal dinner, I had my doubts.

She had this idea that since I’m a lawyer, she would go with a courtroom theme.  She would play the judge, and my fiancee and I would have to call “witnesses” to prove that we really should get married.  You can imagine how weird and awkward this could have gotten, but it didn’t. Read more

Five Questions with a Former Mormon

At one point, Dr. Lynn Wilder was a confident, Mormon professor at Brigham Young University who had special privileges to enter all Mormon temples and even served in a Mormon temple for 10 years. She has since renounced her former faith. Read more

The Reason Insecure People are So Demanding

Back in college, I struggled to maintain healthy, close relationships.  I was eaten alive with insecurity, which made it hard to have friendships without operating on a relational barter system that left people feeling used. Read more

Confusing the World with our Fluent Christianese

Last night, I was having a conversation with my neighbor, and all of a sudden, I panicked.

I couldn’t understand him, and I didn’t have the guts to tell him that he wasn’t making any sense.  I politely smiled and pretended I was following him, but I was lost and wanted to wrap up things without me looking stupid.  The problem was, we were speaking Spanish; and he didn’t realize it, but he was talking over my head. Read more

Five Questions with “The Drop Box” Director Brian Ivie

When film student Brian Ivie opened the Los Angeles Times on June 19, 2011, he had no idea that his life was about to change. Read more

The Reason I Haven’t Written a Book Yet

A few months ago, I got an idea for a book, and it was a good idea.  It still is a good idea.  However, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I have written about three pages, and that is all.   Read more

Five Questions with Syndicated Columnist Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary is one of the most successful Christian columnists in the United States, and she uses her ever-growing platform to encourage readers to make financially sound decisions.

Michelle makes regular appearances on network TV morning shows, writes for major magazines, and has published three books on financial wellness. And somehow, in the middle of all of that, she managed to found a financial mentorship program at her church for people who need help in getting their finances in order. Read more

Praise God for Difficult People and Circumstances

Last night, my wife and I came home and discovered that the pipes in our kitchen were frozen.  For those of you who have experience with this sort of thing, you realize this is not a small problem.   Read more

A Bottle Full of Ungodly Disobedience

The other day, I was reading the Bible to my little daughters and we came across a passage that made me a little uncomfortable.  In it, Jesus said, “Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow” (Matthew 5:42).

It felt awkward when I tried to explain the verse to the girls. Read more

Dear Ramón: A Letter to My Imaginary Son-in-law

Last Thursday morning, my three-year-old daughter got out of bed, met me at the stairs, looked me in the eyes, and very seriously said, “Daddy, I have a husband.” Read more


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