The last three months have been pretty hard on my family. A lot of it had to do with me traveling too much for work and struggling to find the time to complete a challenging feature article for Boundless.org. Plus, the girls started school, which changed our whole routine, and my poor wife has gotten pretty sick a couple of times. And as much as I hate to admit it, somewhere in the midst of all that stress, my wife and I stopped being our best selves with each other. Read more
The other day, I was walking through my neighborhood with my two girls, who are three and four years old, when we passed an older, serious looking gentleman.
“Hello!” they both said, waving.
He looked over at them and kept walking. Read more
When I was a little boy, I desperately wanted to be famous. It probably had a lot to do with me idealizing the lives of the children who appeared on Family Ties and The Cosby Show, not to mention the fact that my parents were struggling financially, and I thought being famous would make us rich. Read more
I vividly remember the last church service I attended before I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. I was sitting with a couple thousand strangers in a megachurch when the thought crossed my mind: Why am I here? I could watch this on the internet. And after the service ended, I walked into the church’s multi-acre parking lot and drove away, never to return to church services again (or so I thought). Read more
I’ve had close friendships with countless Christians in my lifetime, and if there’s one thing we’ve all got in common, it’s that we’ve all got some bad habit, some addictive sin, some hangup that we just can’t seem to surmount. People struggle with all kinds of things, including rage, overeating, jealousy, passive-aggressive behavior, and porn addiction, to name a few. Read more
Matthew Lee Anderson is serious about the biblical command that we must “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks [us] for a reason for the hope that is in [us]; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). Matthew, an author who is pursuing his doctorate of philosophy in Christian Ethics at Oxford University, encourages Christians to engage with the world’s questions about faith seriously — not just memorizing Christian answers and regurgitating them — but knowing the whybehind what we believe. As he says in his book The End of our Exploring, “It is the nature of cliches to avoid examination.” Read more
The other day at the bus stop, I saw a woman take her daughter by the ponytail, pull up, and force her to move down the sidewalk. As the girl walked forward, she tried to reach up and pull her mother’s hand away, to no avail. As the little girl cried and begged her mother to stop, a man standing nearby laughed about it; and the mother began laughing too. Read more
Shauna Niequist (pronounced Nee-quist) is a writer, mother, wife, and avid reader. She grew up in a Christian home, and after she journeyed away from the church in college, books and authors and stories about other people’s journeys helped her find her way back. The daily joys and challenges of life are the inspiration for her books and blog posts, which she admits don’t fall into any neat categories of Christian writing. Read more