Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." This is my feeble attempt at examining my life.

Exile

Exile

I want to move on from the whole “alien, sojourner, exile” thing. But, I just can’t yet. It’s still weighing on me. I think it’s one of those things that we as Americans just don’t embrace well.

We have become comfortable in our position on top of the cultural food chain that we ignore the reality that everything has changed. We now live our lives in exile. Our faith is odd and weird to those around us. We are relics from a time gone by. Continue Reading

What Are We Here For?

What Are We Here For?

If you’re a Christian you’re a sojourner. If you’re a sojourner it begs the question, “What am I doing here?” When people sojourn somewhere they are there for a purpose. They go to that place to do something. What are we Christians, us sojourners, here to do? Continue Reading

What Do We Do Now?

What Do We Do Now?

Christians are aliens, sojourners and exiles in this world within which we live. We are residents of city of God. So often we forget that reality. Part of following Jesus means that every now and then we need a reminder of who we are and what we are to do. When you peruse the social… Continue Reading

Aliens Are Real

Aliens Are Real

I have spent the last two weeks on vacation. During that time I watched the world spin. I saw the culture war explode. I saw people writing and thinking and whining. I saw a lot of hand wringing and worry from my tribe. There is great concern that we, Christians, are losing our rights and… Continue Reading

Speaking Truth

Speaking Truth

There’s a lot of talk in my circles about “speaking truth.” This is tightly connected with the need to “call people to repentance.” Along with that we also have the call to “receive forgiveness and grace.” These are all really good things. I really appreciate that these concepts and ideas are coming to the front… Continue Reading

Give to Caesar

Give to Caesar

One of the things that continues to surface in conversations about our culture is that of the tax exempt status of churches and Christian institutions. Earlier this spring I was sitting at a dinner where a colleague was bemoaning this coming reality. Others around the table shared the concern. They were worried that this change… Continue Reading

Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

What does it look like to love your neighbor as yourself? No seriously, what does that mean? How do we do it? How can it be lived out? Is it even possible? Ever since I became serious about following Jesus I have been struggling with this one question. I think it’s the hardest thing that we… Continue Reading

Sunday Morning…

Sunday Morning…

In the very near future my family will start doing something that I had never thought about doing. It’s an idea that my bride came up with and I think it’s absolutely brilliant. If you don’t know yet, my bride is the most brilliantest person I’ve ever known. Just recently, I wrote this about her:… Continue Reading

Can You Disagree?

Can You Disagree?

Over the last two weeks or so we have seen race and sexuality pushed into the center of the national conversation. Black churches are, quite literally, under attack. The Supreme Court has approved marriage for all sexual orientations. These are conversations that have layers and nuance. These are conversations that are gigantic. I have one… Continue Reading