Hello, 40. It’s a Pleasure to Meet You

Right around the time you read this, I will mark my 40th birthday. It’s a strange number to reach.  In some ways turning 40 feels easier than turning 30. Thirty was strange; it felt old and other. I started wondering if I could consider myself young anymore. Forty feels less confusing, but more like a reckoning. […]

Writing and Sweating and Taming Lions

Being a writer is like being a lion tamer. Minus the chance you could get mauled to death. If you are a writer you know exactly what I am talking about. Writing is the wild act of wrestling ideas to the ground and then, somehow, fashioning those ideas so they make some kind of logical […]

Always We Begin Again

I spent so many years wishing to go back. The years between college and the real world were marked by a struggle to find my place, a kind of limbo. I was truly on my own for the first time, a stranger in a city not my own. I was stuck in a place between […]

When You’re Stuck On Pause

The church loves progress. We love to measure church growth, spiritual growth, numbers, charts, seats. If it isn’t about measuring numbers of people converted, it’s about the quality of our spiritual life, as though it were an eternal ladder we were ascending. Run the race. (FASTER. BETTER.) Keep in step with the Spirit. (Don’t let […]

Let’s Rise Together

I am always looking for a great book to read. When I was with my dear friend Lisa Bevere last month she told she had just finished reading a book that captivated her so greatly that she was truly saddened as she neared the end of it because of the amazing people she had encountered […]