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

“Just hold on loosely, but don’t let go If you cling too tightly, you’re gonna lose control” – From “Hold on Loosely” by 38 Special Yes, I just quoted a song from 1981. Yes, that was 30 years ago. (If you heard it when it was released, let that sink in for a moment) And, […]

I’m in the process of being challenged by a saint that I look forward to meeting. Nehemiah is a great example of a Godly leader. Yesterday, I talked about his powerful love for God’s people and how it affected him greatly when he heard about their distress. He knocks it up a notch in what […]

I have had the privilege of working through “Spiritual Leadership” with some guys at church over the last year. The primary focus has been about being a leader in the body, but all of the principles apply to being a leader outside of our church life, too. In fact, I would argue that we are […]

“All good people will go to Heaven.” “Whatever you believe, as long as you believe it sincerely, it’ll work out for you.” “Following Jesus is all about fighting for the poor and the underprivileged.” “Being a Christian means living morally and doing good works.” “Jesus is love, so all we have to do is love […]

After hiking with my dad for years, I learned quickly that packing small is very important. Using all available space and compressing items that can be compressed are skills you get good at if you don’t want your pack pulling you over. It’s about being very efficient with the limited space. Heck, I still do […]

Part of realizing that we have a role to play in God’s plan is that we may not see a project through from beginning to end. I’ve joined many software projects mid-stream, so I know the difference between finishing something started by someone else and finishing my own work. There are different emotions and motivations. […]

I had a bit of a realization while talking to my wife in the car tonight. I was explaining what I thought was part of the disconnect I see in well-meaning, but sluggish young men today. By young men, I mean guys from 18 to 25. They are clean-cut, nice, and friendly, but don’t seem […]

The conventional wisdom is that sequels are usually terrible as compared to the original. I actually disagree. When the sequels were planned from the beginning, they actually have a chance of doing well. The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter books and movies are prime examples. Those stories were meant to be a […]

Many a general have observed that the most detailed of plans begin to go awry almost as soon as the shooting starts and sometimes before. And, yet, this hasn’t led to a systematic refusal to plan. I shudder to think at how much money the federal government spends every year constructing reasonable, workable plans for […]

God just likes toying with us. God is just a cosmic buzz kill. God allows terrible things to happen. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for […]

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