On Philip Seymour Hoffman, and why celebrity deaths matter.

While most of the country was prepping their party dip and wings for the year’s biggest game yesterday, the entertainment world was taken back by the heartbreaking news of losing one of it’s most talented artists.  Yesterday morning, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.  The details are gritty, and sad.  Found on…

3 Things Lewis taught me in The Weight of Glory.

This year, I’m working through as many C.S. Lewis classics that I can get my hands on. Appropriately so, I’m dubbing this year: A Year with C.S. Lewis.  I’ll be journaling through it here. The first essay is the self-titled The Weight of Glory, and it’s been a fascinating read.  Astounding perspective on the aching of the human…

Waiting on God is Hard

When my wife and I set out on the journey of adoption, we thought we had a year-long process ahead of us. But more than three years l ater, we were still eagerly anticipating being able to bring our first daughter, Ryah, home from Ethiopia. We had prayed for her, met her, held her, loved…

Why Food Matters to Our Faith

I love working with food, talking about food, and well…eating food.  One thing that I’ve thought about a lot over the past year has been how our theology and understanding of the Gospel changes the way we eat.  How should we eat in a way that points us back to our original design, not our…

Hope for the Sexually Broken

Hope for the sexually broken: By the time we’ve reached our mid-twenties, two things have become very apparent: Sex is far more powerful than we imagined, and each of us are sexually broken in one way or another. Sexual brokenness affects every person born under the weight of a fallen nature and a damaged culture.…

Encouragement Delivered by Trials.

We have a somewhat humorous phrase that runs through the guys in our small group. When a brother is transparent with his struggles and challenges, when he opens up about the war within, he’s often met with the response: “Man, I’m encouraged.” Though his knee-jerk reaction may be to tackle the responder, we’ve all come…