Weary yet pursuing

“So where you on the Richter scale, babe? How are you on a scale of 1 to 10?” Jessica asked me this question the other day, and it wasn’t nearly as easy to answer as it might initially sound. I had to answer it on multiple levels. I had to answer it practically. Practically, experientially, […]

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The Man in the Arena

A recurring theme in Theodore Roosevelt’s writings and speeches was “the man in the arena.” Here is one of his classic quotes about such a person—hopefully a man or a woman like you: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with […]

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William’s 400-meter failure

During the past few months I have been volunteering as the assistant track and field coach at my daughter’s high school. I’ve loved it, and it has been the fulfillment of a dream I’ve carried ever since I first met Pat Stahl, the track and field coach who profoundly shaped my life in high school. […]

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Taking your ball and going home

Have you ever had a Jeremiah day? A Jeremiah day is one where we question our calling, resent the various sacrifices that we have to make in our lives, get angry at God, but then lament our inability to actually walk away from Him. Jeremiah the prophet hit such low ebb in his ministry that […]

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Distracted on Saturday depressed on Sunday

Preachers, teachers, and pastors often express a nearly universal weekend sentiment: they are distracted on Saturday and depressed on Sunday. The pre-preaching preparations start to settle over them by mid-afternoon on Saturday, and the post-preaching depressions start kicking in shortly after their services end on Sunday. This isn’t always the case of course. Indeed some […]

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