When You Feel Like a Tourist

Ben Gibbard is a brilliant songwriter. He does just about everything in his craft well. But perhaps what he does best is this: taking that vague, undefined emotion you’ve never quite been able to describe, and then describing it for you in a way that leaves you saying, “Yes! That’s it!” Pull a random Death... Continue Reading →

5 Questions about Patriotism

For the past couple weeks, I’ve had an article in the works about the great kneeling debate that has been swirling around the sports world. But then this weekend happened and everyone went bananas, so I scratched that article and decided to go in a different direction altogether. Yesterday as NFL players protested and the... Continue Reading →

Reflecting on MLK Day

This weekend our family was given a terrific gift from the Lafayette School Corporation: a three-day weekend for our hard-working little kindergartener. But the real gift wasn’t in the fact that she got to stay home from school on Monday (as great as that was). The real gift was in the reason behind it. Anyone... Continue Reading →

My 6 Favorite Reads of 2016

I like to read books. And although I'm in a profession where reading is somewhat of a requirement (beware the preacher who doesn't read!), I would be lying if I said that I didn't find a good deal of sheer pleasure in taking up a book and working through its pages. Yes, I read so that I... Continue Reading →

Why I’m Sad

I’ve spent the last 24 hours in a daze. At 9:56pm yesterday, I incredulously texted my wife on my way out of a meeting, “Trump might win this election.” That was when the New York Times had just updated their prediction, giving him a 51% chance to secure the presidency. But even then, I didn’t... Continue Reading →

The Parable of the Leaf

Once upon a time there was a leaf. Well, technically it was a bud—a tiny little ball of raw potential perched proudly on the tip of a branch in the cool springtime sun. Its home was a weathered old maple that for years had been stationed next to a well-traveled pathway, its mighty branches bowing... Continue Reading →

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