September 25, 2017No Comments

There Is Hope To Be Found, America

As a white, heterosexual, able-bodied, college-educated, American male who lives and works in a suburban, affluent community in the 21st century, I am one of the most privileged people on the planet.

I share none of this flippantly.  I share it to make a point. Read more

September 25, 2017No Comments

A First-Time Father’s Journey Into Lamaze

Expectant fathers,

  • If your wife is using foreign terms such as “water-birth” or “land-birth” or “push gift”…
  • If you don’t know where the uterus is or what noise it makes in the wild…
  • If the word “doula” conjures up an image in your brain of a small, shadowy gypsy woman cackling to herself under a full moon…

Bring it in. Read more

June 9, 2017No Comments

Stay In Your Story

In 3 hours, I’m going to the hospital to be with a dear young friend of mine who attempted to kill himself over the weekend.

Earlier this morning over coffee, I made a new friend who opened up to me about his struggles growing up with depression, anxiety, and addiction. Read more

June 9, 20172 Comments

How I Found Peace In The Storm Of Anxiety

A year ago today, I had an anxiety attack in the happiest place on Earth.

Lauren and I were in Orlando for a conference and were looking forward to an adventurous, all-expenses-paid tour of Epcot.  Lauren, far and away the Type A, detailed-oriented planner of our family, had done hours of research online and developed a strategy for our day in the park.  She’d gone so far as to create her own map that plotted out the specific dishes and drinks she wanted to sample at each of the park’s “countries.” Read more

January 10, 2017No Comments

You’ve Never Been Alone

There’s a passage of Scripture that reads:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!'” (Lamentations 3:22-24)

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January 10, 2017No Comments

Here By Thy Great Help I’ve Come

I just need to give God some praise right now.

It’s been nearly 4 years since I stepped away from one of the most thrilling and incredible chapters of my life and moved into the uncharted territory of serving in youth ministry.

All along the way, God’s been really, really good.  He hasn’t always shown up exactly when I want Him to (nor has He answered prayers the way I thought He would), but He’s been faithful through it all. Read more