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Advice from a Woman Who’s Been Married for 67 Years

Five years ago, I was at a wedding rehearsal dinner and I was seated next to Lula Rawls, a quiet, elderly woman who had been married for over sixty years.  She was the grandmother of the groom; and in light of all the hopefulness surrounding the young couple’s nuptials, I wondered what wisdom she had to offer.
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When Interest Turns Into Idolatry

When I was in my late 20s and single, I was afraid I was idolizing marriage, and I had reason to be. I knew marriage was a healthy, God-given desire. But I oftentimes found myself obsessing over it, anguishing over the wait before I met “the one,” and inordinately discouraged when another hopeful romance turned out to be nothing. Read more

Four Reactions to my Washington Post Editorial

Those of you who follow my blog on Facebook or Twitter are well aware by now that this week, I wrote a guest column for the Washington Post called, “Why, for Southern Christians, Taking Down the Flag Isn’t Enough.”  The reactions were, for the most part, positive. Read more

I Don’t Want to Know Who Gave me the Donuts

Recently, I moved to a nicer office and sent an email around letting everyone know I was now on other side of the building.  In the email, I jokingly invited everyone to come over for a “tour” of the new space and apologized that I didn’t have any hors devours to share with well-wishers.

Well, I didn’t have hors devours yet. Read more

For the Love of God, Let Go of that Flag

Last week, I was vacationing in South Carolina when I drove past a billboard with a Confederate flag in the background and the words “Never Forget” emblazoned across it.

I was embarrassed then, but as I thought about it this week, another thought crossed my mind: “How must African-Americans in South Carolina feel about that billboard as they grieve the murder of nine black church members in Charleston by a white supremacist?” Read more

I’m Grateful That Lady Forced a Bible on Me

The other day, I arrived at the bus stop where four Asian ladies were indiscriminately passing out New Testament Bibles.  When one of the ladies offered me a Bible, I tried to decline.  But she was insistent, so I tried to change the subject. Read more

Five Questions with Author Andy Crouch

Let’s face it: You’ve hit a new level of cultural relevance as an author when one of the most popular rappers in the world mentions you in a song. For Andy Crouch, the shout-out in Lecrae’s 2014 single “Non-Fiction” is a byproduct of his years-long effort to encourage Christians to engage in culture in a way that is redemptive. Read more

Dear Parent, Don’t Drive off in Your 18-wheeler

Last Friday, I looked over at the TV and saw the trailer for Jurassic World, and it brought back an unexpected, bittersweet memory.  It was 1993; the original Jurassic Park was showing in theaters; I was in ninth grade; and my parents had just split up.   Read more

Microscopic Graces at the Swimming Pool

Recently while my family and I were on vacation, my three-year-old daughter loudly asked the question every parent wants to hear in a public swimming pool: “Daddy, can I go pee pee in the pool?”

A young mom with long, blond hair and a number of elaborate tattoos looked over at me and chuckled.  But I wasn’t sure if it was a laugh that said, “I’m judging you” or “That sounds like something my kid would say.” Read more

When Arguing with Your Spouse, Pray for a Deer

The other day, my wife and I got into an argument over whether we needed to buy a bike.  And although we recognize that this is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, somehow it escalated to the point that we were both starting to raise our voices.  But then my wife suddenly looked out the window behind me and said, “Oh my gosh.”

I couldn’t help but look. Read more


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