Tag Archives | Truth

5 Reasons Why We Need Less Social Media in 2018

I get the irony. You’re probably reading this article because you clicked on a link on social media. But let’s set aside the caveats and have an honest conversation. This weekend my wife asked me, “Do you think you’re addicted to social media?” My defense was swift and certain, “It’s not an addiction.” Her question had struck a nerve. This morning, like every morning, I pulled up Facebook. But instead of the standard feed, I was met by a kind […]

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Customized Jesus

I made the mistake of scrolling through social media during the recent Alabama special election. The ugliness and hate were being tossed like mud from both sides. But I was amazed at how much I saw the word, “Jesus”. In each case, Jesus and His words were being used as a defense mechanism to prove a righteous point. It was like watching two Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Jesus Robots throw haymakers back and forth. I’m concerned about the state of […]

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Leadership Anemia | The Condition that is Quietly Killing America

During last year’s Presidential primary debates, I remember having the thought, “Is this really the best we can do? Of all the leaders in our country, this is who we have to choose from?” From that point on, I launched a personal expedition to find the leaders in our culture. And not just those in the national spotlight, but those on a local level as well. After eighteen months of searching, I have come to the conclusion that America is suffering […]

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What to do When the Boat is Sinking | Thoughts on Honesty, Control, and Letting Go

You’re in the middle of the ocean. You’re the only person on the boat. And, the boat is sinking. . . . This picture represents my greatest fear—complete isolation in the middle of the ocean. While this exercise may seem unnecessary or unproductive to some, wrestling with it has allowed me to come to grips with a hard truth. By placing myself in this scenario and actually going there emotionally, I realized that I’ve held on to far too many […]

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What Are We Teaching Our Children?

This April, my wife and I will have been married for twelve years. And I’ve spent the majority of those twelve years bouncing back and forth on the pendulum of pleasing her and simply shutting off. It’s an exhaustive charade that has robbed me of peace and caused me to fall into the trap of loving her circumstantially. I treasure the fact that she challenges me and pushes me beyond my comfort zone, but it grates on every last nerve. For more than thirty years, I’ve been […]

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Confessions of a Wanna-Be Superhero

My three sons love to dress up. Everyday they embark upon a new adventure: pretending to fly, fight crime, or any number of other superhero fantasies. And although I’m hesitant to admit it, I’ve learned that I dress up as well. While they do it for fun, I do it because I think I have to. I put on capes as an attempt to understand my own identity. It’s funny to me that superheroes conceal themselves—their true identities—underneath average, everyday attire, yet in […]

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Are You A Thief?

“The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy.” When I was in college, someone forced their way into my car and stole my entire CD collection. Every. Single. One. Each CD embodied more than a plastic exterior or the songs it contained. In an odd way, those discs were a collection of memories that represented the innocence of a teenage boy growing into adulthood. A few years later, another someone broke into my car and stole two guitars and a computer. One of […]

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