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Don’t Give Away the Time (Soul Space Thursday)

I like to joke that most things in life can be explained by scenes from either The Office (the American version, of course) or The West Wing. Take this scene from The Office, for example, where Holly Flax tries to explain time theft to her officemates. That, to the company, taking extra time at the water cooler…… Continue reading Don’t Give Away the Time (Soul Space Thursday)

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First Things First * 10 Minute Devotional

An old Wheaton acquaintance of mine, Brett McCracken, created this great graphic. I came across it on Facebook last week and it stopped me in my tracks. You guys, yes.  It seems so obvious – build everything on Scripture, learn from our local church and the great church tradition, spend time in nature, read books (actual,…… Continue reading First Things First * 10 Minute Devotional

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The Shape of Things * 10 Minute Devotional

I heard Andrew Peterson perform a few weeks ago. The guy’s profound and thoughtful, and I ended up scribbling a bunch of notes on the back of a pew envelope because I wanted to remember all his nuggets of wisdom. He spoke of a season of suffering that he railed against at first. No one…… Continue reading The Shape of Things * 10 Minute Devotional

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Featured on Two Peas in a Podcast

My cousins host this podcast that I love. It’s one part relationship discussion, one part relationship research, and probably three parts laughing like the guys from Car Talk. (Has there ever been a better radio laugh than that? I submit that there has not. Discuss.) I look forward to it every week. I don’t always agree with…… Continue reading Featured on Two Peas in a Podcast

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A Sniper-free Zone * 10 Minute Devotional

If you haven’t seen the movie Hacksaw Ridge, it’s pretty great. Lots of gore (it’s a WWII film about one of its most deadly battles), but also a really compelling story of faith. The film got me thinking about the damage a sniper can do. In war, a sniper can take out soldiers from a…… Continue reading A Sniper-free Zone * 10 Minute Devotional

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Grace for In-Between Times * 10 Minute Devotional

There are a few things in life I’m really good at doing. I can bake a mean gluten-free cupcake. I know how to tell a story. I can almost always hold the attention of a group of kids (in part because I don’t have any problems acting ridiculous…). But waiting? I am bad at waiting. Like, super bad. Terrible,…… Continue reading Grace for In-Between Times * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections · Family life

The Storytelling God * 10 Minute Devotional

Today is day two of Vacation Bible School at our church. Lots of kiddos, lots of energy, lots of fun. The first year I volunteered at VBS was at a church up near Los Angeles. I was a young seminary intern who had driven across the country from New Jersey. The church children’s director assigned…… Continue reading The Storytelling God * 10 Minute Devotional