The Gospel isn’t about going to Heaven when you die.

The biggest threat to the church today is not liberal ideas, pandemics, hate groups, or other religions. It’s not even college philosophy professors or the mass media or politicians.  The greatest threat to today’s church is the number of professing Christians in church buildings on Sunday who don’t care much for following Jesus throughout the… Continue reading The Gospel isn’t about going to Heaven when you die.

God doesn’t hold us back. We hold us back.

I spend time with ambitious people every day—videographers and musicians and software developers and corporate employees—who all have giant ambitions for the future. They’re exceptionally creative and driven people moving towards incredible visions of the future.  A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend backstage at an event. She was quitting her comfortable… Continue reading God doesn’t hold us back. We hold us back.

Madiba v. The World: 7 things I learned from Nelson Mandela and the anti-Apartheid movement

August 5, 1962.  44 year-old Nelson Mandela drives away from Durban, South Africa to visit his family in Johannesburg after months of separation. Mandela just returned from an illegal trip across the African continent, raising support for the anti-Apartheid movement he’s been organizing underground for the past seventeen months. The movement is turning violent, and… Continue reading Madiba v. The World: 7 things I learned from Nelson Mandela and the anti-Apartheid movement

What’s Good: vol. 1

Today I’m starting a new regular feature called What's Good—A roundup of what I did, enjoyed, and recommend from the past month or so. Each will follow a similar format, and may change as I experiment with what’s most interesting to you. You can expect: A 2020 goal updateBooks/podcasts/experiences I recommendSomething I’m learning Here you… Continue reading What’s Good: vol. 1

Biblical dating isn’t very biblical.

Christians have a ton to say about relationships. A quick search returns thousands of articles and books guiding young Christians on how to date right—from the classic I Kissed Dating Goodbye to my personal favorite… Texting Mr. Right. Seriously.  And if you’ve been around church for any amount of time, you’ve heard them. Popular sermons,… Continue reading Biblical dating isn’t very biblical.

Death hurts more at Christmas. Move forward anyway.

In the past two years my family lost two grandparents.  We’ve suffered through tragic physical and mental illnesses. Jobs have changed.  People have aged.  Relationships got more complicated.  All to say, the holidays this year are… different.  Not bad, just different. We’re still a very close family. We laugh a ton and share stories for… Continue reading Death hurts more at Christmas. Move forward anyway.