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
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
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
Often times, it's a good idea to take a step back and examine the culture we live in. A guy who gets me thinking, and slightly cynical about the culture we live in, is Slavoj Zizek. In one particular observation, he dissects the way in which charity is evolving in the west (click to watch his lecture). … Continue reading A Convenient Generosity
If you've ever read any of previous blogs, you'll notice that I spend a lot of time discussing the subject of "humility". To be honest, I probably talk and write about it a whole lot more than I live it, but none the less, humility has been one of those characteristics I hold with high … Continue reading Out of Character
You would think that "dying to yourself" is a pretty straight forward concept in the scriptures. Surrender your life to the Lord and follow his will right? What more can you say than that? To add anything to this equation would give off the impression that one is trying to tone down the intensity of … Continue reading Dead but Still Original
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
If I were to assess myself, I'd say that there's nothing I really excel at. When it comes to things like sports, music and ministry, I'm the ultimate generalist. I'm what they call the "jack of all trades and master of none." And as a result, I have been forced to be creative in the … Continue reading Feeling Ordinary?
I'm sure we can all agree that there are very few people out there who listen well. In my personal struggle to tame the tongue, I find myself envying those who know how to sincerely pay attention. They're the kind of people who look you in the eye during a conversation. The kind who will … Continue reading Thanks for Listening
I'm not one who likes to write about "new years resolutions", but I can't help but share a thought I read recently. If you're someone who has been discouraged by a history of unaccomplished goals, I think you'll appreciate this post. The starting of a new year is exciting for some and discouraging for others. … Continue reading Disillusioned?