When you are the villain in someone else’s story

When you and I consider the story of our lives, we probably do not self-identify as the villain. In thinking through our histories, most of us identify as the hero of our tale. And that’s good! We are indeed called to model the heroic attributes of sacrifice, courage, and overcoming love. And yet, every story […]

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Getting quieter and more boring

I’ve noticed something about my personality lately. I’m getting a little quieter and a little more boring. At other times in my life this realization would have garnered some consternation and some possible insecurity. I might have tried to push back or compensate in some different ways. But not this time. This time it’s different. […]

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Knight’s Code of Honor

In our recent men’s retreat there was much talk of honor, gallantry, and living as noble, courageous men of God. It got me thinking of the literal knights’ code of honor from the Middle Ages. This code continues to stir my own soul so I wanted to pass it on to all of you. Enjoy! To never […]

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Not the conquering warlord

A donkey, a red carpet made of cast aside robes, palm branches waved in the air, and little children shouting, “Hosanna!” That was the extent of the pomp and circumstance with which Jesus commenced His Passion Week. It was hardly the entrance of a conquering hero. Indeed, the Roman warlords of that day would have […]

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Fortune Cookie Wisdom

What do you get when you combine steamed rice, greasy Mongolian beef, high MSG content, and a very out-of-date fortune cookie (I mean something besides violent stomach cramps)? Last week, the answer was a Word from the Lord. I was at a new Chinese joint, hoping to discover the perfect rice bowl (you know how rice […]

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