Our Chaos

“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 The second verse of the Bible is profoundly mysterious. Dark, formless, nothingness was all there was. Scholars have identified this language as the language…

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On Pollen, Parenting, the Nose Sucker, and Suffering in the Life of Faith

It is all yellow in the Deep South. The Pollen-Apocalypse is upon us. As a result, my 6 month old son, Leland, has been a sneezy, snotty, runny-nosed, and congested mess. He is not breathing well, therefore he is not sleeping well. He is not sleeping well, therefore he is whiny, exhausted, frustrated, and miserable….

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Favorites of 2013

As 2013 winds to a close and Auld Land Syne and college football fill our ears and eyes, I (Chris) have always found it a profoundly beneficial and thanks-generating exercise to think back on the year and compile some lists.  Don’t construe our lists as necessarily “best ofs,” there are plenty of those to be…

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A King from the Shadows

[drawing above: From the Dragon’s Hoard by Shaylynn Rackers]   It was story-time. My wife and oldest daughter were away for gymnastics practice, and I had just tucked my smallest daughter in her bed. The house was oddly quiet for a home with two strapping little boys at-large.  I found them both on the sofa,…

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The Table in my Home.

I had ground the coffee beans the night before in anticipation of an early Saturday morning reading a fine new book, Arthur Boer’s Living into Focus (my 7-year old is entertained that “the author is an Arthur.”) In the pre-dawn Saturday darkness, I heard a tiny voice (that can get quite loud) calling “Daddy” from…

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Panicky Self-Preservation, Being a Dad, etc.

Mandy and I have a 6-month old son. He’s our first child. It’s been an amazing experience. It’s certainly cliché, but we are learning a lot about our God, ourselves, and the Gospel in the process. Things changed when our little Henry began to recognize his bottle. When he is hungry, he panics a bit….

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Deuteronomy, the Devil, Jesus and my Kids

[Note: The following is taken from the draft of my forthcoming book ‘TheoMedia’…]   Jesus quoted Deuteronomy more than any other Old Testament book. I was recently reading to my two oldest kids from Jesus’ temptation scene in Luke’s Gospel and decided I would inspire them with this: “when Jesus was assaulted by evil, he…

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Fact vs. Fiction

“Fact vs Fiction” had apparently been a teaching topic for my two oldest little kids at school. They were telling me about it… “Fact is, like, real.  But fiction is not real.  Fiction is stuff that’s not true.” I took offense. “You mean,” I asked, “fiction is not true at all?” “No, Dad, of course…

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Roman Soldiers, Jesus, & Heroic Little Boys

My 4-yr old son was playing with a forbidden set of toys this morning before I left the house.  They are forbidden by his big brother because they are his personal property, his collection of toy Roman soldiers.  There are figurines of Augustus Caesar—august and fierce with sword drawn—and a couple of centurions, armed to…

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Revisiting the “We Need Boring Christians” article with Relevant (part 2): STAGE OF LIFE

[This post continues a new series of reflections on my online and print articles with Relevant Magazine on missions, travel, and staying put.  Click here for the 1st post.] Life-stage.  I am thinking a lot today about where we are in life and how that impacts our vocational thinking.  I remember as a zealous 20something…

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