Practicing Presence

Practicing Presence

Apr 24

My wife loves candles and scents.  Our home is usually fragrant, filled with smells that she enjoys.  Sadly, I barely notice them most of the time.  Kim will ask me what I think of a particular smell and I often cannot tell her.  I have to concentrate and focus in order to notice it.  However, scents seem to be a natural part of Kim’s world.  She smells things and they make an impact...

A Better Buffet Rule

A Better Buffet Rule

Apr 17

At the time I’m writing this post, the “Buffet Rule” has just failed a key vote in the Senate.  For those not familiar, the “Buffet Rule” is named after billionaire Warren Buffet, who claimed that his secretary paid more in income tax than he did.  At the risk of waxing political, that’s ridiculous — the law is the law and everyone pays the same amount...

The Un-American Dream

The Un-American Dream

Apr 17

I’ve been reading the book “Radical” by David Platt.  I do not recommend it.  It will ruin your life. For the better. The basic premise of the book is that you can’t follow Christ and the American Dream at the same time.  I’m pretty sure that Jesus even said something similar once upon a time (before there was an America).  He said, “No one can serve two...

Winning by losing

Winning by losing

Apr 10

We all lose things. For some people it’s their health.  For others it’s their spouse or someone they love dearly.  Sometimes it’s a friend.  Sometimes it’s a treasured possession.  Sometimes it’s a home.  Sometimes it’s life itself.  In every case, loss is painful.  It can be excruciating.  It’s so prevalent and such a natural part of life that we...

A perfect plan

A perfect plan

Apr 10

In the beginning, God walked with man. After sin separated them, God talked to man. When talking was no longer sufficient, God became a man. After dying to save him, God now lives in man. All credit and praise belong to the Author of this brilliant plan.  Special thanks to my dear friend Meredith for revealing the beautiful, perfect simplicity of it in a way that I believe anyone can understand...