pruning is painful

i came home from work tonight to find that my trees had been butchered. a little back story… when we moved from our old home, i promised myself that i was done with trees.  our last house was surrounded by big, beautiful oak trees.  consequently, i fought all summer to get the grass to grow…

prayer spam

do you guys get as much email spam as i do? the thought of opening my email box in the morning makes my tired.  i’ll bet i delete literally a hundred junk emails every morning.  why do groupon and norwegian cruise line and ticketmaster send me emails?  i don’t remember ever buying anything from them, and i certainly didn’t request that…

a theology of vocation

i love reading anything skye jethani writes.  he always says great stuff.  and his prose is thought-provoking without the smarminess that usually accompanies intelligent writing. even on twitter. he posted something recently that i’ve been thinking a lot about.  will you join me?  sky jethani wrote: Honestly, would you be happier if your kid became a pastor rather than a plumber?…

practice hospitality

in the fellowship i lead, we are studying the book of romans verse-by-verse.  it is incredibly rich and challenging simultaneously. for example, romans 12:13 instructs christ-followers to “practice hospitality.” for most of us, the word hospitality conjures images of entertaining friends who stop by, or hosting family for the holidays.  but the biblical concept of hospitality…