Showers and Flowers

Here in Lafayette, the month of April has had a soggy start. In fact, as I write this, the rainfall over the last few days has resulted in a flood warning for our area. Personally, I’m kind of sick of the rain. It’s making me grumpy. But there’s an old adage that brings me hope….

Reforming the Abortion Debate

We can’t escape it. Whether it’s sparked by a fierce presidential campaign, by a highly publicized women’s march, by some newly proposed piece of legislation, or simply by an incendiary meme on Facebook, the abortion debate won’t go away. As much as we seem to talk about abortion, though, it’s incredible how little progress we’ve…

#MusicMonday: Drive-By Truckers, “What It Means”

Music has an uncanny ability to provide an escape from the worries and woes of the world. A good song can transport you. It can momentarily free you from the tyranny of your immediate surroundings. But music also has the ability to do just the opposite. It can drive us deeper into the messiness of reality…

On Spiritual Heroes

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door in Wittenberg. Back in 1517, that event may not have seemed all that significant. But in hindsight, it is that action which has come to be seen as the ceremonial beginning of the Protestant Reformation, arguably one of the most…

#MusicMonday: Jamestown Revival, “Poor Man’s Gold”

I’ve been on a serious Jamestown Revival kick today. I first encountered their music a couple years ago through their catchy song, “California (Cast Iron Soul).” Since then, they’ve released a new album, The Education of a Wandering Man, and on it is this soulful little stomp about a conversation between a rich man and a preacher. This stripped-down…

Shaking the Market Share Mindset

Suppose that you work as an executive for the Superior Widget Company. It’s a relatively small business with modest sales, but your goal is to lead the company to expand. So you beef up your marketing efforts and resource your sales team. You revisit your product design and give greater attention to quality control. You…

#MusicMonday: Dashboard Confessional, “A Plain Morning”

I look out my window, and I see snow. I look at the weather forecast, and I see temperatures in the teens. I look at my calendar, and I see “March.” These things trouble my soul. “A Plain Morning” is one of Dashboard Confessional’s earliest songs, and it’s filled with all the sad guitars and…

Tattoos and the Paradox of Preaching

In recent years, I’ve come to develop an appreciation for the art of tattooing. The styles, the techniques, the history, the culture — it’s all fascinating to me. But perhaps what I find most intriguing about this oft-maligned (yet increasingly mainstream) art form is the profound paradox that exists at the heart of it. A…

#MusicMonday: Judah and the Lion, “Suit and Jacket”

At the age of 31, I can’t help but think that I should feel more “grown up” than I do. But here I am, after more than three decades, still trying to make sense of where I’m at in life. And (if I can be honest) still not wanting to go without a fight into…

Truth in a Time of Tragedy

Our little corner of the world has been rocked recently by the news of two teenage girls who were murdered in the woods near Delphi, Indiana. It’s a chilling story that continues to occupy the center of attention for local news outlets (and has been picked up by a few national outlets, as well). In…

#MusicMonday, The New Basement Tapes, “Kansas City”

If you come across a studio full of renowned musicians bringing forgotten Bob Dylan lyrics to life, you’d better stop and pay attention. It’s bound to be a musical gift to mankind. But if said studio includes the aforementioned renowned musicians and Johnny Depp…well, you might want to think about buying a lottery ticket, because today is your…

You’re an Unfinished Project

Last weekend, I finally got it done. After two months of having a pair of doors sitting on sawhorses in the basement, I finally finished painting them and got them back where they belong. Like most projects I do around the house, it took way longer than it should have. But the slowness of the…