A daily dose of spiritual exercise for men in various stages of their Christian walk

In the movie “The Mummy” from a few years back, there’s a weasel-y character who is out for himself throughout the movie. He works for whoever he thinks will win and, in the end, suffers the consequences for his own greed. It’s a character you’re supposed to dislike, but there’s one moment that made me […]

Free will is high pressure. It sounds sort of relaxed and hippie-like when you just consider that you have the ability to choose for yourself. The pressure comes in when you start to consider the consequences. And, don’t kid yourself, every decision has consequences (despite the best efforts of my parents’ generation). I read stories […]

I tend to use the DVR to record the games I watch nowadays. I get to skip the commercials and even some of the slowdowns that I don’t need to see (I’m getting really good at skipping from play to play while watching football). Every once in a while, though, I accidentally hear the score […]

Our family had to absorb an unexpected (but somewhat routine) surgery earlier this year. The insurance covered most of it, but not all. Our son is about to graduate high school and is getting ready for college this fall. Last night, my wife called to tell me that she had a fender bender. In years […]

It is a pet peeve of mine that so many of those arguing against Christianity claim that followers of Jesus are anti-intellectual. The argument goes that believing in Jesus is an act of clueless devotion that requires you to check your brain at the door and not think too hard after that. That’s just an […]

In an article about Melissa Etheridge’s separation from her second “partner”, she is quoted as saying: “life is about evolving… I’m no good to anyone else unless I’m completely in love with myself and good with myself.” Here she may have reached the pinnacle of self-love, and yet she feels that she should love herself […]

In some states and cities, there is something called a Good Samaritan law. This is a law that requires any citizen near certain kinds of crimes to render assistance. The goal is to force people to get involved even when they don’t want to. If you were from out of town and walked away from […]

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One of my coping mechanism for high pressure situations is to focus on the moment afterward. If I can concentrate on a time when I know for sure that the event will be be done, then it helps me move through. I used this to great effect in college during finals week. I would concentrate […]

“but in this world nothing can said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin Old Ben used wit to make a point about inevitability. We are all fairly certain that we will die one day. It’s just the nature of life. As we age, we start to think about it more. We plan […]

There’s an old adage in sports about the offensive player or team just taking what the defense will give them. The quarterback can keep dumping off short passes if the secondary is trying to protect against the deep threat. The hitter can hit the ball the other way when the pitcher keeps throwing to the […]

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