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The Blessing of Putting Your Foot in Your Mouth

The other day, I was swimming with my daughters at the indoor community pool when a woman with a little baby swam closeby.  My daughter Renee said hello to the baby, so I asked, “How old is he?”

“It’s actually a girl,” said the woman, “and she’s seven months.” Read more

We Have No Idea How Much We Stink

A few months ago, I had to rent a car for a month.  Unfortunately for me, it smelled like cigarette smoke, but it was the only one they had available, so I was stuck with it for 30 long, stinky days.  As one who hates the smell of cigarette smoke, it was exceptionally unpleasant. Read more

The Holy Spirit Never “Convicts” Christians

I’ve spent three years of my legal career as a criminal prosecutor, a job that usually has one goal when it comes to wrongdoers: conviction.  Once the defendant has pleaded guilty or has been found guilty by a jury, it’s all over.  He has been convicted, and the only thing left to do is sentence him. Read more

Something You’d Never Expect from a Bestselling Author

Some of you may know that I interview Christian influencers for a series called Five Questions over at  I’ve had a lot of fun with it, because it has been a good opportunity to get to know some interesting people who are making a difference in their corners of the world.  Plus, the responses I’ve gotten have been quite insightful at times (for example, my favorite quote so far is from clean water activist Jena Lee Nardella, who said, “I think the thing about lost causes is they’re only lost if you leave them behind”).  But there’s one person we’ve interviewed so far who still has me perplexed. Read more

The Purpose for that Really Annoying Person in Your Life

Right now, I’m sitting with my foot propped up and ice pressed against my ankle because I injured it, and it is killing me – not the ankle though; the ice. The thing is, ice is the one thing I really need right now, but I feel like pulling my foot away because I can’t stand the temporary discomfort that comes with it. Read more

A Lesson in Apologizing from a Weird High School Convocation

When I was in eleventh grade, the entire high school was summoned to the gym for what can be fairly described as an exercise in mass hypnosis. Read more

The One Moment You Should Definitely Shut Up

There’s nothing like trying to get on a loaded city bus when there’s a mob of people waiting at the bus stop.  When that happens, everybody just crams into the bus and surrenders their personal space – well, most people do. Read more

The Reason it’s So Hard to Receive the Love of Jesus

Although my three-year-old daughter, Renee, is improving, for the better part of her life, she has antagonized her four-year-old sister, Daniela, quite a lot.  She will do things like walk up to her sister and gratuitously punch her or sneak up and pull a pillow out from under her sister’s head just for fun. Read more

I Never Thought I Would Read a Book Like This

I have a confession to make: before my wife and I had children, I didn’t read one parenting book.  I know, I know – I’m such a bad father.  However, believe it or not, three years after the birth of my youngest child, I finally read a book for new parents, and the reason is simple: the author interviewed me for it and included a couple of essays I’ve written.  So basically, I read the book to see how I sounded in it.

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Five Questions with a Former Muslim Who Converted to Christianity

When I look across social media, I’m seeing more and more anti-Muslim sentiment – and a lot of it comes from evangelical Christians.  What’s so troubling is how little we actually understand Muslims – and worse, how little we want to understand them. Read more


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