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God Please Derail Me

I recently pre-ordered the new book by Chip and Dan Heath called Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. One of the main points in the book goes like this: Prepare to Be Wrong: we are overconfident, thinking we know how the future will unfold when we really don’t. We should prepare for…

Salt of the Earth

I read a fascinating interview (link to article) with Michael Moss about his new book Salt, Sugar, Fat that delves into the food processing industry. In the interview he unveils a fascinating fact about salt: When it comes to salt, what was really staggering to me is that the industry itself is totally hooked on salt….

Lord, Keep Me Alert, Safe, and Legal

I was driving from Austin to Dallas recently, and I prayed my standard road trip prayer: Lord, keep me alert, keep me safe, and keep me legal. All three of those petitions have a back story. Keep Me Alert I was driving from Port Aransas to Austin, ready to move in to my dorm at…

How Do You Know?

My devotions took me to Exodus today, and I noticed this little snippet from God’s words to Pharaoh: “Thus says the Lord, ‘By this you shall know that I am the Lord…’” – Exodus 7:17a While Pharaoh got smacked in the face by God’s power and presence, we normally have to look a little more…

Thankfulness

I have been using the Life Journal for my personal devotional lately, and I have seen immense spiritual growth from the process. I recently read Psalm 8, and I was especially drawn to v3-4: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in…

The Platinum Rule

My wife recently informed me that when I planned how we would celebrate her birthday I did “infinitely better than last year.” The astute reader may be asking two questions: 1. How badly did you do last year? 2. How well did you do this year? Let us examine exhibit A. How Badly Did I…

The Tree of Spiritual Growth

What does Christian life look like? How have you tried to answer this question? I remember how I tried to answer this question in high school. I believed Christian life was all about following the rules – not sinning. I think I got this idea from Benjamin Franklin, but I thought every Christian should naturally…

Screens and Children Under Three

Some interesting research was recently summarized by The Guardian. Well, actually, it was a summary of a summary of some research. I guess that makes this a summary of a summary of a summary of some research, so take it with a grain of salt. Long story short: screen time for children under two can…

Continuous Improvement or Continuous Control

I am a geek. Moreover, I am a systematic geek. In fact, I am a geek about the very idea of systems. This might make me a sick individual, but at least I’m systematically sick. One evening while I was geekily reading research articles about systems and productivity, I came across this article about the Seven…

What’s the Problem?

I recently read a fantastic article at the Alban Institute by Susan Beaumont. Her article begins by telling a fable about a church with a “traditional worship problem.” Before I write anything else, let me ask you: given that description of the problem, what comes to mind? The “traditional worship problem” could be the color…