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Worry is picking someone else’s booger.

Worry is picking someone else’s booger.

I have two small children. They have many boogers. If there is something hanging out of one of their faces, I have a compulsive need to clean it off. I have pulled the largest, stringiest, grossest boogers out of their heads. Bare-handed. I’m a nitpicker, […]

Be a crappy writer.

Be a crappy writer.

Which is worse: a bad writer who writes, or a great writer who doesn’t? I know some people who call themselves aspiring writers. I don’t think that’s a thing. To be a writer, you just have to write. That’s it. There’s no “aspiring” with this. […]

Today you are one step closer to dying. Here’s why that’s good.

Today you are one step closer to dying. Here’s why that’s good.

I recently read a memoir by a woman who worked in a crematorium. (Fair warning: it was pretty gross.) The author argues that we are death-deniers and wants to bring death back into our culture. I can see her point: the reality of death is […]

Vocation is not a vacation.

Vocation is not a vacation.

I got to help with orientation for some first-semester ministry students last night. They are entering into a two-year process of service and study, with the hopes of full-time ministry jobs. This ministry process is not easy. It is an evening program, so everyone has […]

Choose the main course

Choose the main course

You may know the story of Mary and Martha found in Luke 10. Jesus comes to town, and Martha welcomes him into her house. She bustles about, cooking and making things hospitable. Her sister, Mary, sits with Jesus and listens to him speak. Fed up, […]