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Dear Bernie Sanders, I Am a Christian

I try to avoid politics whenever possible. The political arena has become so emotionally charged and off-putting that I’d rather remove myself than be buried in the constant stream of negativity and noise. But there are moments when I cannot and will not remain silent. This is one of those moments. Yesterday, an exchange occurred between Bernie Sanders and Russell Vought during a confirmation hearing that alarmed me. During this exchange, Senator Sanders referenced Mr. Vought’s comments regarding his Christian faith and his position on salvation. […]

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Courageous Patience

It has taken me four years to understand what I am about to share with you. In the summer of 2013, I discovered a newfound passion for writing and speaking that had previously laid dormant. Filled with excitement, I couldn’t wait for this dream to become a full-time endeavor. I was writing daily and striving like crazy to make it happen. I was effective and productive. As people began following along, my excitement grew. But hindsight often affords us the clarity we […]

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Three People You Need in Your Life

I won’t sugar coat the fact that life is hard. There’s no denying that. But too often we try to control our circumstances to avoid the “hard”— like if we eat right or get on a budget, then life will be rainbows and unicorns. By sheer willpower and effectiveness we try  to push through our struggles with a fix-it-myself attitude. But curiously, that mentality has a way of isolating us, and before we know it, we end up alone, buried by our circumstances. But rather than […]

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10 Money Tips that Cost Me $100,000 and a Few Thoughts on Being Rich

What most people fail to tell you about money is that it’s suffocating. The weight of financial pressure robs you of the very breath in your lungs. I remember the feeling of laying in bed at night, staring at the ceiling, playing out the events in my mind as it became more and more difficult to breathe. “What if” was a familiar foe that sang me to sleep with its lullaby of foreclosure and shame. I hated those nights. But for nearly […]

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The Cost of Success, Embracing Your Day Job, and Living Your Dreams

When I was fifteen years old, I moved into the room over the garage at my parent’s house. With my own bathroom and personal space, I felt like a king. I was ready for high school, independence, and life on my own. Ten years later, as a broke salesman, my wife and I moved back into that same room. The real estate bubble had burst and left me holding the bag. To add insult to my already injured ego, I […]

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What is the Church and Why Does it Matter?

When I say the word, church, what do you think about? To most Christians, the church is the place we attend on Sunday. For some that means ornate buildings and men in robes reciting ancient prayers that lull us to sleep. For others that means new age campuses, skinny-jeaned pastors, and high-energy services. Then, there are those who see the church as a place filled with hypocritical people who say one thing and do another. Those who have been so damaged in the name of Jesus that they couldn’t possibly give […]

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Dear Christians, Stop Arguing About The Shack

I didn’t read The Shack until ten years after it was originally published. I figured that a book depicting God as an older black woman was either heretical or just too weird for me to digest. But then, I watched an interview with the author. He was gentle, humble, and he pointed me toward God. After listening to him tell his story, I was compelled to read. Paul Young chose the daunting task of writing a letter in an attempt to explain his life’s […]

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