The Empty Hero

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!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 […]

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 […]

A Texas Prayer

Today I had the honor of serving as “Pastor of the Day” for the Texas House of Representatives. My responsibilities included saying an opening prayer at today’s legislative session. (This was actually my only responsibility.) Here’s an early version of the prayer I wrote for the occasion. (If you’re not from Texas some of the […]

Nine Reasons CrossFit Changes Lives

Last week I taught three classes at the Pepperdine Lectures about what churches can learn from CrossFit. The material was reverse engineered from my book, Train For Something Greater: An Athlete’s Guide to Spiritual Fitness, available at Here are nine observations I shared about the life changing environment at a typical CrossFit gym. Let the reader […]

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 […]

The Battle of Chicken Joe’s Mohawk

Part One: A Different Kind of Friendship Paul is in prison and his friends in Philippi send Epaphroditus, along with some money, to help Paul in his time of need. Epaphroditus also brings Paul news about how the church in Philippi is doing. Based on what Paul says in Philippians, we can get a pretty […]