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Dear Words People: Don’t You Dare Discount What You are Doing

(I adapted this from what I wrote for a radio industry site. Originally, I called it Dear Radio People: Don’t You Dare Discount What You are Doing but thought this could apply to you, if you’re a follower of Jesus in any role as a teacher, counselor, writer, parent… whatever.) “Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” Francis of Assisi That’s a profound quote, the one I just used up there. Maybe you’ve… … Continue reading

If Jesus Had a Blog: So I Had a Very Long Day

WOW… exhausting day. Long story short: I was in the temple courts, and the leaders tried to trap me in front of people. They brought in a woman, and announced they’d caught her WHILE committing adultery. They wanted to kill her right then and there… because that’s what the rules say. Anyway, John wrote about what happened, so you can read about it here. When they left, I told her I didn’t condemn her, and… … Continue reading

Are You a Hero?

Here are four quick ways to tell: 1. Heroes see a need and they respond. So here’s our “bat signal” for you: CURE could heal MORE kids. We have the beds in our hospitals to do it. The missing piece? Donors. People willing to say, “I see what needs to be done, and I’m going to do it.” Here’s the equation. It’s really this simple: You + Action = Healed little bodies. That’s an opportunity… … Continue reading

Can You Struggle with Depression, and Be Joyful, at the Same Time?

An excerpt from Blessed are the Misfits: Great News for Believers Who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something — In A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe stars as mathematician John Nash. We see Nash in his college years, brilliantly succeeding at math, but finding it difficult to relate to humans. Nash doesn’t have many relationships other than his wife, his good friend Charles, and Charles’s sweet little niece, Marcee. Nash’s mathematical… … Continue reading

Why Brant’s 24th Birthday Changed His Life Forever

This month, my life is perfectly split in two. Exactly 24 years ago this month, I turned 24. What I remember most from that month wasn’t my birthday: It was this guy I met. He was very, VERY short. I remember that. So short, in fact, that the first time I met him, someone just… handed him to me. Seriously. They handed me a guy. I didn’t really know how to interact with him, so… … Continue reading

I Want to Know the Motive Behind the Las Vegas Tragedy

I want to know the motive We all saw what happened. And now come the questions. What could prompt someone to do something like that? Did he “snap”? Was he radicalized in some way? What was his background, his mindset? What was his childhood like? What of his gambling debts? What about his father’s criminal past? Those are the questions, but they’re not my questions. I want to know the motive, but I’m not so… … Continue reading

The Most Refreshing Conversation on Race You’ll Hear All Day

Brant and Sherri have worked together for years now. In their recent podcast, they had an honest and truly helpful conversation about race, Charlottesville, and striving for unity and relationship. Sherri shares personal stories that shape her struggles, Brant shares what he wishes the church would do in light of racism in the news and in our country, and they offer some really helpful answers from two unique perspectives. Here is just a small excerpt:… … Continue reading