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The Greatness of Small-talk /the-greatness-of-small-talk/ /the-greatness-of-small-talk/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:17:25 +0000 /?p=2060 [[Note: This post contains affiliate links.]] For most of my life, I hated small-talk. It was forced language, spoken with complete awareness that you didn’t care about the discourse, that the words were as close to meaningless as they could be, that you should save your breath. Small-talk as Phatic Communion As I’ve taught English […]

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My Life Goal as a Writer /my-life-goal-as-a-writer/ /my-life-goal-as-a-writer/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:47:19 +0000 /?p=2056 What if by this time tomorrow, you were dead? (I’m not being glum — just honing in on your goal-setting.) If you could look back on what you’ve written, would you know what you’re about? Could you sequence a few words into a sentence and say, “I wanted my writing to do X?” Could you […]

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Brined Streets /brined-streets/ /brined-streets/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:06:53 +0000 /?p=1913 They’ve brined the streets, Dusted the face of the asphalt with white. The frozen wind is whipping, tree canopies tipping, White brick houses standing steady and ready for snow. They’ve brined the streets, Pale blue crystals winking at the sun. The dogs are all indoors, sleeping on the floors, Paws down in the sun, dreaming […]

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How Should Christians Face an Anxiety Disorder? Counter Intuitive Advice /how-should-christians-face-an-anxiety-disorder-counter-intuitive-advice/ /how-should-christians-face-an-anxiety-disorder-counter-intuitive-advice/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:57:41 +0000 /?p=1988 [[Note: This post contains affiliate links.]] I’ve been thinking a lot lately about anxiety disorders (my own and others’) as I work on my next book (Struck Down but Not Destroyed: Living Faithfully with an Anxiety Disorder, coming 2019, God willing). In preparation, I read John Mark Comer’s excellent book, My Name Is Hope (you can read my review HERE). I’m currently […]

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Letter to Heidi at 2:45am /letter-to-heidi-at-245am/ /letter-to-heidi-at-245am/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:01:05 +0000 /?p=1973 I wrote the following letter in my journal, when our youngest, Heidi Mae, was only a few months old. I found it lifting me up today, so I thought I would share it. I’ve been up for an hour and a half, hearing you grunt and twist in your little rocking sleeper. I kept rushing […]

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Sweat, Blood, and Two Gardens /sweat-blood-and-two-gardens/ /sweat-blood-and-two-gardens/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:50:17 +0000 /?p=1829 I was creating some teaching materials last week and came across a beautiful passage from a 17th century preacher, Charles Herle. In this passage (Contemplations and Devotions, pp. 1-4 ), he weaves connections among sweat, blood, the first and second Adam, and two gardens (Eden and Gethsemane). Adam Christ In Eden, sold God’s grace for […]

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Memory /memory/ /memory/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:15:42 +0000 /?p=1968 Memory is the anchor we forget To pull from the sand of doubt. Were we to haul it from the depths, Our past would work things out.

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Swimming Pool Come Autumn /swimming-pool-come-autumn/ /swimming-pool-come-autumn/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:06:53 +0000 /?p=1964 Autumn’s late applause lies Silent in the murky water. Funeral pyres never lit For beetle, wasp, and bee Drift to the edges of the lining, Waiting for the tired sun To plaster their bodies, As retired instruments, To the museum of summer.

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Do You Have To Feel God’s Presence? /do-you-have-to-feel-gods-presence/ /do-you-have-to-feel-gods-presence/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 15:53:35 +0000 /?p=1941 [[Note: This post contains affiliate links.]] I certainly don’t think this would come naturally in a mud pit, or in a slave trade, or in a prison cell. Yet, we’re told consistently in Genesis that God was “with” Joseph (Gen. 38:2; 39:21, 23) in his darkest hours. It doesn’t say, however, that Joseph felt God’s presence. It […]

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