Of all the myths about dating we have explored this week, perhaps this one is the most difficult to shake: “Successful dating results in marriage.” Says who? Let’s start by asking an important question: What is the goal of dating? Dating is all about getting to know a member of...
I am going to (unwisely) analyze something that will probably make a lot of people upset. Last night, my wife and I watched Jill Duggar’s wedding on TLC. It was great. The Duggars are great. Honestly, how can you not love this gigantic family that clearly loves the Lord...
I’m not bragging when I say this. My wife didn’t want to get married growing up. At least, she tells me that she didn’t want to get married too early. She wanted to wait. She wanted to put it off. She didn’t want to be the stereotypical “Ring by...
How do you reach an impoverished neighborhood with the gospel? A typical approach is to send in money occasionally. But poverty is actually far more complex than most people imagine. It takes on a variety of forms, and it stems from impossibly deep-seated assumptions, systems, and processes. It’s actually a...
Our local newspaper recently ran a cartoon featuring a turkey that had been trampled to death by hooves. One bystander said to another, “It looks like Thanksgiving got run over by a reindeer.” It seems like every year the Christmas decorations and merchandise in stores and coffee shops come out...
As I was stepping out of the back room onto the stage to lead the congregation in worship, my buddy said to me, “Don’t freak out, but Pamela Anderson is sitting in the front row.” I said what any worship leader would have said: “Yeah, right.” I grabbed my guitar...
Look around you. Think about every situation you’ve ever been in. Every day of your life (including the very best and the very worst) has somehow been affected by sin. There is a fundamental difference between the world as it was when God created it and the world as...
If you're single, you want to be married. At least, that's what just about everyone in the church seems to believe. Nothing brings out the inner matchmaker of well-intentioned Christians like a sweet twenty something who has somehow evaded the romantic gaze of the opposite sex. "I can't believe...
Before Thanksgiving, my wife and I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower. As I’ve been looking at the movie lineup this Christmas season, I’m realizing that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. Not everyone will agree. Viewers...
I've heard it said a few too many times. I feel like it's a well-meaning solution to a serious heart problem. Maybe you've heard it said too. Maybe you've even said it yourself (or something very close to it). "I'll love 'em, but I don't have to like 'em." On the one...
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