Let Understanding Preceded Cristicism

What do you think of when you think family? For me it’s the people that live in my house: Tricia, Kaitlyn and Adeline. Thinking of family in this way is a fairly recent shift. Even the name nuclear family is a tip of the hat to this. Nuclear wasn’t a word until the...

NV

Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence,     and their lips talk about making trouble. You had me at “Do not envy.” Those three words, just one in Hebrew, are really the way to go. It’s a good rule to live by. But, the next...

Solomon the Bartender

“If you find four Lutherans, there will be a fifth.” That’s a joke a Baptist told me. Then again, “What do you say to a Baptist at the liquor store? Nothing and avoid eye contact, if you don’t look at each other you weren’t there.” It was a Lutheran told me that...

Are You a Guide?

When Donald Miller wrote Blue Like Jazz it sold a gajillion copies. A filmmaker called and wanted to turn it into a movie. As they did Don figured out how to tell a better story. Since he’s a writter, he wrote A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned...

Benefit of the Doubt

There’s a story in Debt: the First 5,000 Years about a father who keep a ledger of everything he ever spent on his son. When his son graduated and moved out his father gave the ledger to him. Reading this, two thoughts hit me: That dad was dedicated. I have an app as...

Listen up.

Just before the first of the year, we paid a bill that the insurance company ended up covering. So in June we got an unexpected refund. That same week, we got an bill. It was unexpected too. The bill turned out to be a billing hiccup but, the refund was 5 times bigger...