Restoring The Future

Stuck In A Moment I went to high school in small town in West Texas. There wasn’t a lot to do on Friday and Saturday nights, so we spent many evenings on the drag. We’d drive up and down Broadway, make a loop through Sonic at one end of the drag and then turn around […]

Beware of Dogs

The War on Religion Much has been said and written about the groundswell of aggressive atheists who have declared war on religion in our culture. In books, blogs, and TV interviews they cite numerous instances in which religious people have done evil things, and then describe how the world would be a better place if […]

I’m Watching You

How To Swing A Kettlebell Please read the following instructions carefully. Take a natural stance with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and place the kettlebell between your insteps. Pick up the kettlebell with two hands while keeping your chest open and your back straight, maintaining your lumbar curve and a stabilized midline. […]

The Empty Hero

After inviting his friends in Philippi to commit social suicide by humbling themselves and putting the needs and interests of others above their own, Paul explains his rationale for this counter-cultural behavior. “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with […]

The Status Ladder

Please watch this brief clip before reading the rest of the post. It’s Dr. Seuss, so it will be worth your time.   Seth Godin opened a recent blog post with this line: One of us is wrong, and its not me. Isn’t this the way every single conflict begins? One of us is in […]

Why Unity Is Complicated

This post is a follow-up to  Standing Together As One. In Philippians 2:1-2, Paul encourages his friends in Philippi to remain united with each other by appealing to the unity they enjoy with Christ. “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in […]

Standing Together As One

I don’t like scary movies. Never have. When I was a kid, I went to the movies with a friend and his mother took us to see Poltergeist (Not cool!). I’ve been afraid of scary movies—and clowns—ever since. I am, however, fascinated by zombies. I’ve written about this fascination before.  It started with The Walking […]

What’s Your Filter?

Paul writes the letter we call Philippians from prison. While there is some scholarly debate about whether he’s in prison in Rome or Ephesus or somewhere else, I’m going to assume he’s in Rome, because it makes for a better story. And I never let the facts get in the way of good story. Where […]

An Essential Skill For Those Facing Adversity

Several weeks ago, I watched Survive and Advance on ESPN. It’s a documentary about how the North Carolina State Wolfpack defied the the odds to beat the University of Houston Cougars (Phi Slamma Jamma) for the 1983 NCAA National Championship in basketball. Even if you’re not a huge college basketball fan, you likely recognize the […]

What Friends Do

Part One: A Different Kind of Friendship Part Two: The Battle of Chicken Joe’s Mohawk In future posts, we’ll dig into the details of what Paul SAYS in his letter to his friends in Philippi. In this post, let’s focus what he’s DOING by writing the letter in the first place. What he’s doing is […]