Dear White People: An Exhortation to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Differently

Today, most of our newsfeeds will fill with Martin Luther King Jr. quotes. We'll celebrate his stand for racial justice, his pointed voice of wisdom, his peaceful stance in the midst of violent hate. But how many of us will question whether or not we would have been such enthusiastic supporters 50 years ago? We … Continue reading Dear White People: An Exhortation to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Differently

Believing Jesus: Is it really more blessed to give than to receive​?

..."remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35 Do we remember these words? Or, more importantly, do we really believe them? So often, the snares, struggles, and sins we face in our Christian walk are related to unbelief. We have this … Continue reading Believing Jesus: Is it really more blessed to give than to receive​?

Criticism: Kill it or Make it Constructive

I've never considered myself an overly-critical person. I typically think of overly-critical people as miserable, ungrateful, difficult to please, and always dissatisfied with the people in their life. I don't really fit that description. I'm pretty easy-going. I tend to like people and get along with them. I'm low-maintenance relationally. I make a practice of … Continue reading Criticism: Kill it or Make it Constructive

The Only Way to Have Compassionate Kids is to Expose Them to Suffering

When you're in a situation like mine and live amidst the middle class and wealthy, it's easy to raise kids who lack compassion. Before you think this is some judgmental assumption or attack on their character, hear me out. They might be kind, but still lack compassion. They might be responsible and thoughtful, but still lack … Continue reading The Only Way to Have Compassionate Kids is to Expose Them to Suffering