The Inconvenience of Following Jesus

Here's my struggle with following Jesus... It's so damn inconvenient sometimes. Missional living goes against so many of my natural inclinations. In our consumer-driven culture, where Google chooses which ads I look at and Starbucks allows me to pre-order my coffee before I can even say hello to a barista, being a disciple of Christ … Continue reading The Inconvenience of Following Jesus

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Validate Me!: How we lose sight of the goal

What is success? What criteria do you use to determine whether you are doing well or not? In our day in age, we have metrics for just about everything we do. Our workplace have evaluations, schools have grades, gyms have scales, restaurants have reviews and social media have "likes." It's hard to go anywhere or … Continue reading Validate Me!: How we lose sight of the goal

Playing Devil’s Advocate: The cost of trying to be original

A few months back, when the ALS ice bucket challenges was flooding my newsfeed, I found it interesting how so many people wanted to express their unique opinion on the matter (as I'm pretty much doing right now). After the challenge went viral, the haters came out of the woodwork. They made the case that … Continue reading Playing Devil’s Advocate: The cost of trying to be original

Identity, Opinions, and a Russian Critic

I'm a pretty bad swimmer. While doing laps with Jules in our gym's pool, a large Russian man floating around the deep end, literally and seriously asked me if I ever took swimming lessons before. When I smiled and told him that I stopped taking lessons as a kid, he said in his broken English, "I didn't think so. You're very bad." As … Continue reading Identity, Opinions, and a Russian Critic