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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

The Reason I Need to Say “Yes” to My Kids More Often

I think one of the most valuable messages a kid can hear is “no,” followed by an explanation (if the parent has time).

Plenty of kids grow up with yes-men as parents, and after the child grows up and enters the adult world, it’s a confusing existence.  Their parents dropped the ball in refusing to set up boundaries, so the adult child has to be schooled by circumstances, consequences, and people. Read more

Single, Male Train Wreck – Any Takers?

If there’s one thing that married folks quickly forget after they tie the knot, it’s this: Singleness often hurts.

The most frustrating part for a lot of single people who desire marriage is the mounting pressure to get on with it, to find (or be found by) someone now. The unspoken judgment seems to be that the single man or woman would be married if there weren’t something wrong with them. Read more

Five Questions with Author Trillia Newbell

A lot of people talk about what it means for churches to be culturally and racially diverse, but Trillia Newbell practices it every week. She grew up in the South and attends a predominately white, Southern Baptist church. In her book United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity, she explores the theology of diversity and encourages churches to pursue it for Christ’s sake. Read more

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