“There is literally nothing else”

Last fall was one of the strangest periods of my life. About halfway through a three month sabbatical our church in Denver (Bloom) had provided us over the summer, we discerned the Lord calling us to lay down that ministry, which we had lovingly and painstakingly built over seven years,…

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The God of My Depths

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an emotionally complex guy. (My wife will be the first to testify.) I can vacillate wildly between hope and despair, joy and sadness, love and seeming apathy. It frustrates me sometimes, because “hope, joy, and love” are where I’d prefer to…

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How to “Pray for Healing”

I sat by the bedside of a dear friend of mine last night. Barely 24 hours removed from a multiple-bypass open heart surgery, he was in excruciating pain. We had spent about an hour together at that point, and during our time I would watch his agony rise in swells….

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A small update

Hi everyone– Not being on social media this year, I have no idea who (if anyone) will read this. I think I have subscribers, however… so maybe it’ll be you guys. ANYWAY. If you’re reading this, here’s a little update from me. My year long break from social media has…

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The Year Ahead

Hi friends– I’m sitting in the study in my parents’ house on a gorgeous Wisconsin December afternoon (rare but real). The snow is glistening, the sun is shining, the house is quiet, and I’m doing some thinking and planning for the upcoming year. 2016 will mark my 10th year in…

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On Turning 34: A Birthday Reflection

I turned 34 yesterday. Weird. There was a time in my life, not long ago perhaps, when 34 seemed old. A very long time away. I’m not altogether sure what I thought I’d be when I got there, but I would no doubt be old by then. I remember my parents…

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“Only Where Graves Are” ebook available next week

Hey friends – I’m super excited to let you know about a project I’ve been working on for Lent this year. I’ve been talking for years about doing more substantive writing, and several months ago I decided that now was the time. I wanted to work on a project that would…

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A Few Words about Depression

I’ve dealt on and off with depression for most of my adult life. Starting in high school I can remember the warmth of summer giving way to the darkness and chill of fall, and a darkness and chill would begin to settle over my mind and heart. With the exception…

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Into open spaces… and then?

An image: You’re running a race, the road clearly marked out.  There are thousands of other runners, and on each side of the road are grandstands full of people, cheering, shouting, jeering.  Your pulse quickens as the adrenaline courses through your veins.  On your right and left, you dart past…

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