Focusing on Here, Not There

There is the place we’d rather be. There is where the money is at. There is where you can prove yourself. There is where the grass is greener. Much greener. Have you ever realized that we are always wanting to go there? We’re always preparing for moving from here to there. The next promotion. The next pay raise. The next …

“Is It Necessary?” – A Truly Unhelpful Question

If this question is ever asked, the answer is usually no. When we ask “Is it necessary?”, we are asking if something is absolutely required for survival. Is food necessary? Yes, but not three meals a day. Is water necessary? Yes, but humans can survive for days without it. Is oxygen necessary? Yes, but we can hold our breath for a …

If You Have Any Scientific Creditability, You’ll Reject Every Meteorologist

Yep, I said it. If you want to take science seriously, you must unilaterally reject all meteorologists. Those charlatans. They think the sun sets. Don’t they know that the sun doesn’t actually set. The earth spins on its axis and it’s the rotation that makes the sun appear to set. What? They know that? It’s just an expression? Oh, gotcha. …

Why Toothpaste is Cool and Minty

You’ve probably never considered the why behind the cool, minty favor of your toothpaste before. All you know is that you like it and it probably has something to do with making your teeth clean. What if I told you that tingling feeling your love after brushing your teeth has absolutely nothing to do with having clean teeth? It doesn’t. …

“You Heard Her”: The Power of a Praying Mom

Last week, I wrote that Augustine, though raised by his Christian mother to love Jesus, was not a Christian for a part of his life – he was lost in non-Christian spiritualisms, intellectual pride, and lust. One very important person I left out of the post last week that was instrumental in Augustine’s conversion was his mom, Monica. Like many …

Augustine: Sex, Pride, and the Power of Jesus

Through my seminary studies, I recently read about the conversion of Augustine – one of the giants of Christian leadership and thought in church history. Augustine’s story is surprisingly normal. He was born in a small, seemingly unimportant town in North Africa (in present day Algeria) to a very religious Christian mother named Monica. Augustine’s father was a pagan man …

The Sad Truth About (Most) Everything

A few weeks ago, I went to Monster Jam with my Dad, brother, uncle, and cousin for a fun guys night. It was an exciting blend of testosterone and engines with motorcycles, huge trucks, and smashed cars. I had a great time! Before the actual event started, we went down to the arena floor to meet the truck drivers and …

The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udS-OcNtSWo?rel=0] When I first watched this video, it was just a video. Just a really funny video. Now, as strangely as it sounds, this video has transformed to a ministry rule for me. One that I have begun applying everywhere I can. So, here it is: The Sweet Brown Rule: Ain’t Nobody Got Time fo Dat I know what …

Why Ken Ham Scored Big Last Night

After watching last night’s debate, it’s clear that if you view origins from a creation science worldview, you feel that Ken Ham clearly won the debate; if you view origins from a molecules-to-man science worldview, you feel that Bill Nye clearly won the debate. So, who won? Nye? Ham? That’s the beauty of debates – they aren’t designed to have …

Hardware Stores: My Most and Least Favorite Experience

There’s just something special about hardware stores to a man. Maybe it’s the manly smell of wood. Maybe it’s all the tools I don’t understand. Maybe it’s the promise of a project that has captured my imagination and is just waiting to be completed. Whatever it is, I love going to hardware stores. But, I’ve discovered that when I go …