• The Beach Romance is Dead

    On my third trip to the beach within the past year, I realized that beach romance is dead. I’m 38 years old, with three children who don’t really give me a moment’s rest. And going to the beach has become just another one of those parental tasks we do. This is life when you’ve spent […]

  • Movie Watching Is Emotional Aspirin

    It’s 5:30AM. I just finished watching Jupiter Ascending. I’m not here to discuss the movie. Only what the movie means to me in this very moment. As I close the aluminum lid of my Macbook Pro, I sigh a contented sigh. I have successfully lived another adventure from the safety and security of the living […]

  • Is Marketing Evil?

    There was a fellow student I admired in college both for all he had endured and all he planned to do with his life. Years later, we connected on Facebook and he reacted bitterly to my choice of profession. In his mind, all types of marketing were pure evil. Without us ever having a debate […]

  • A Vision of Future Church Structure No One Wants To Hear

    What do you do with a vision that no one wants to hear? Duh. You blog it. You share it with the Internet and let any who might be interested find it on their own. Imagine a different church structure than we currently see anywhere in the U.S. Imagine a decentralized church structure wherein the building becomes […]

  • What is Your Mission Statement?

    What do YOU do? It can be hard to define, especially when you have multiple skills and interests. But t until someone comes along and helps to make it stupid simple. Cut through all the distractions and fill in these three blanks: 

  • I’m Not Who I Once Was

    It’s probably the name of a country song, but it’s real life to me. In my early twenties, I was full of pride about my potential, which had been spoken over me by various people in my church.  But callings and purpose and potential only take you so far. Then comes the real life stuff… […]

  • Church Never Taught Me I Could Own A Business

    If there is ONE thing I learned from Church about work, it’s that I should be faithful and endure where I am and wait for God to promote me in His timing. Not one word about how a person makes that transition to owning their own business. There were entrepreneurs in the church, but they […]

  • Happy Birthday

    This is your day. But first, a confession.  I confess that I’ve wasted far too many years and too many birthdays trying to invent the perfect birthday present. I’ve let myself feel too much pressure to the point of spending this day wallowing in shame and disappointment rather than in celebrating you. I don’t know […]

  • Aspirational vs Confessional Blogging

    In a recent interview for ProBlogger, the original gangster of mommy blogging has announced her intention to cut the ball and chain. For Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com, blogging isn’t what it used to be. Now, a lot of mommy blogs are about documenting instead of storytelling. It’s a photo essay of their kid sitting on the countertop […]

  • Is It the Government’s Job to Feed the Poor?

    This is such a loaded question, I just know that as soon as more than five people read this website, it’s going to stir some people up. Over the past week, I’ve seen two quote memes – one from former President Jimmy Carter, and one from Stephen Colbert – on the subject of Christian government […]