David and Goliath appear in one of the most well-known stories in the world. Everyone seems to know about the boy, the five smooth stones, the sling, and the giant who came tumbling down.
Why does this narrative resonate with so many people?
Because, as one preacher put it, “There are still giants in the land.” No matter how strong your faith is, you still face gigantic problems that you must overcome.
What are your giants?
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The pictures of the devastating California wildfires hit close to home for me. I lived in that state for six years, and—more important—some of my family and friends were evacuated from their homes in Redding as a result of the Carr fire.
A thousand homes were burned and eight people lost their lives, including a great-grandmother and her two great-grandchildren.
The fire originally started when a trailer blew out a tire and the rim hit the road, causing a spark.... Read More
Two celebrity moms (P!NK and Serena Williams) recently took to social media to defend (P!NK) and admit their motherhood struggles (Serena). But you don’t have to be a celebrity to feel the pull.
Just this morning I sat on my front steps and told my mom I didn’t think I’d be leaving my children home alone much anymore.
You see, over the weekend I went to the wedding of a dear friend. I got up early, drove four hours to... Read More
Is being judgmental the Christian church’s problem or its solution?
Before you answer, let me give you the dictionary definition of the word judgmental. Here goes—“Concerning the use of judgment.” And what exactly is judgment? Answer—Calling something good or bad.
So is being judgmental our problem? Or our solution?
On the one hand, who can deny the massive (and often deserved) PR problem of churchgoing people? If there is one thing that non-Christians know about us, it’s that we are... Read More
The other day, a friend texted me a picture from our college days. I was shirtless, in the dorm bathroom with a dozen soccer teammates, putting tinfoil on my soon-to-be bleached-blonde afro.
(Don’t judge. This blog is supposed to be a safe place . . . )
I showed the picture to my wife and commented, “Man, I’m still as skinny as I was 15 years ago.” Kim looked back with eyebrows that threatened to invade her hairline. “What?” I... Read More
This week I’ve heard some pretty sad stories from Christians. They shared with me that they are going through hard times (or have in the past), and then told me the audacious comments that other Christians have said to them in the middle of their struggle.
“You didn’t have enough faith.”
“If you had been in a closer relationship with God, this wouldn’t have happened.”
“You must not be praying hard enough.”
What? Really? Sheesh!
Those comments—and the intent behind... Read More
It wasn’t that big of a deal. Of all the naughty things my son has done, this wasn’t really the worst of them.
He’s a pastor’s son, so he spends a good amount of time at church, which makes him pretty comfortable there. I was gathering my things in the lobby and getting ready to take him and my daughter home when I saw him walk up to the window, put both hands on the glass, and smush his face... Read More
“I hate gay people.” “White power lol.” “KKK.”
If you haven’t heard, these are direct quotes from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader. During the 2018 All-Star Game, some of Hader’s old Twitter posts were discovered and spread across the internet, making his dismal pitching performance that night the least of his problems.
In the weeks since, the reactions have been passionate and polarizing. Many of Hader’s teammates vouched for his current character, assuring the media that the man they know... Read More
The footage caught the moment a little kid missed a baseball that was tossed to him. The ball went under his seat, a man grabbed it, and handed it to his wife.
The video ended there—and the man was vilified on social media:
“Karma dictates that one day he’ll be sitting in that seat and get a line drive right in the chops.”
“I’d divorce my husband for being that kind of a [bleep]! I’m a good honest woman that... Read More
This year my mammogram detected “something,” and I was called back for further testing. The wait from Monday to Friday was reflective to say the least.
I had one other symptom that hadn’t raised alarms, but once there was concern, the concern was great.
I started wondering if there is ever a time we don’t want more. When do we have enough money, things, or time?
When does striving cease?
A little over five years ago, I began working as... Read More