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My Elfin’ Problem: An ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Confession

Apparently a lot of people who are parents hate Elf on the Shelf. And trust me, I get it. Or at least, I got it. In 2009, I hated Elf on the Shelf, too. Heck, two weeks ago I sort-of-kind-of still hated Elf on the Shelf. I didn't really hate the idea, I just made fun of it when my kids weren't around. In fact, when Jessica informed me that we were joining what I thought … [Read More]


Jesus tattoo of the day…

This tattoo is designed by the rather popular Tony Wheeler, an artist who's hoping this tattoo will go viral and help him raise $25K so he can fund his own tattoo studio. And though he's only raised $265 thus far, the plan might work, because it seems … [Read More]

Philippines one-year later

Rebuilding After a Monster Typhoon: One Year Later

The Filipino people are survivors. That’s what they want you to remember, that they are surviving the hell that Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) brought to their shores one year ago. The Philippine Islands are no strangers to … [Read More]

This is what happens when 11 publishers say ‘No’…

Fatherhood changes me. More often than I imagined, Elias and Adeline (and soon, our new baby boy) affect how I see and experience life. I suspected this would happen but I didn’t know to what degree their lives would impact my own. But almost immediately, as … [Read More]

20 Problems with Progressive Christianity…

I’m a progressive Christian (or I think I am), though I’m not sure I’ve ever uttered that sentence aloud. That’s not because I’m ashamed of the label, but more or less because nobody seems to define “progressive Christian” the same way. (<-That’s problem … [Read More]

This is my last blog post about Mark Driscoll…

Nine current Mars Hill pastors have signed a letter to Mark Driscoll, requesting their leader to resign from his job as pastor and all other ministry responsibilities. And then, former Mars Hill pastor, Bent Meyer, released this. According to Seattle news, … [Read More]

5 Lingering Effects of Fundamentalism

People often talk about fundamentalism like it’s a geographical location, a place or environment where they experienced the dark ills of religiosity. “But thank God I walked away when I did,” they’ll often say. Or they’ll note, “that place was evil! Happy I'm … [Read More]