The anticipation in my household is palpable: Christmas is almost here. The heightened sense of expectation in my home with four children began some time back in October when we had our first cold snap and we had to scrape ice off of our windshields. “Daddy, since there is ice on your truck, that must mean Christmas is coming soon!” Already she has learned the rhythms of our world, and the joy that comes with living according to them. Her enthusiasm for rhythm and a steady pace reminds me of the poem by Wendell Berry entitled, “The Peace of Wild […]
If you’ve had any exposure to the business and/or marketing world, then you are likely familiar with the Boston Consulting Group Matrix (also known as the Growth-Share Matrix). It is designed to help business leaders do long-term strategic planning and consider growth opportunities by reviewing their portfolio of businesses to decide where to invest, to discontinue, or develop. Here’s what it looks like. Here’s the way the quadrants work in the matrix (and I promise this has something to do with Jesus). Stars: The businesses that have the best market share and generate the most cash are considered stars. Because of […]
I ruined the rug in my bedroom, and it reminded me about Jesus. Let me explain. A few days ago, I completed a workout at the YMCA, gathered my personal belongings, and drove a little aggressively to the house in order to make a protein shake in time for a phone call that I was running a little late for. I wheeled up to the house, jogged in, put two heaping scoops of vegetarian protein powder into a shaker bottle, added 16 ounces of water, screwed on the top, put my finger on top to keep the lid down, and […]
What is one key event that has shaped who you are today? Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if that had never happened? What would be different? There are surely many. Some surprisingly simple and seemingly insignificant when they happened, some seismic in their nature. I was a music major my freshman year in college, aspiring to be a worship pastor/leader. I was doing OK all things considered, but still … something wasn’t settling right. I was asked to read a passage of Scripture and share a devotion at a student worship gathering one evening, […]
Every Friday, you can read my post at Forward Progress. This week, I’m reveling in the relentless love of God through the eyes of my daughter and Psalm 107. She loves me all day long. It is not unlike God’s love for me, though I still … still … struggle to believe it.
This past weekend, I stayed up a little later than normal and watched Hacksaw Ridge. The movie is about the true story of Desmond T. Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. In the movie, we see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We also see Doss’s trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see Mel Gibson’s vision of the horrendous battles that took […]
Every Friday you can read my post at Forward Progress with author and speaker Michael Kelley. This week I write from Daniel 1: What better things to remember when things in life can’t seem to get any worse: God is your judge; God is gracious. There is no god like God; God has helped.
I enjoy a good showdown. Be it a theological debate about the existence of God, or a football game between two rivals, I love everything about the scenario: the anticipation, the conflict, the struggle, etc. The Bible is full of such showdowns. Elijah and the prophets of Baal immediately come to mind, as well as the temptations Jesus faced at the beginning of His ministry. Yet there is one lesser-known showdown in Jeremiah 28 in which the prophet Jeremiah squares off against another so-called “prophet” named Hananiah. Jeremiah brought a dire warning to the people: unless God’s people repented, Jerusalem […]
James, for all of its straightforward, practical advice, has its share of conundrums, and verses 9-11 model this well. 9 The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation, 10 but the one who is rich should boast in his humiliation because he will pass away like a flower of the field. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and dries up the grass; its flower falls off, and its beautiful appearance is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will wither away while pursuing his activities. The first trouble with this passage is its relationship with the verses […]
It’s not the wisest thing I spend money on, but I’ve always enjoyed eating out. Options were scarce in rural Mississippi. Western Sizzlin’ was a fantastic treat (not there), and the fried pickles at The Desert Inn (still there) were truly to die for. Then again, so was the double cheese at Wendy’s. It was the love of great food and a stellar dining experience that led me to wait tables while earning my masters. I cut my table waiting teeth at a moderately priced seafood restaurant in Birmingham, AL named Landry’s (I think it’s still there). I had a […]