Lenten Journey: You’re Not Going To Get This Wrong

February 10, 2016Lent, News, Prayer

Halloween of 2014, my son was a superhero. He was four at the time and had picked out his own outfit, complete with a cape, striped socks and the letter “S” taped on his chest. The “S” stood for “Super Asa.” About an hour into the evening, he came to me downcast, saying that some … Read More

The Prayer Book

January 25, 2016Christianity, News, Prayer

I created this book, along with Scott Erickson, because we believe we pray because we are human, not because we are religious. Scott and I wanted to make something that helped provide language and imagery for the simple practice of connecting with God. This primal, human practice has become unnecessarily complicated by unhelpful expectations and bad culture. “Prayer: 40 Days … Read More

Why I Think Taylor Swift Wins

January 7, 2016Creativity, News, Songwriting

A lot of conversation goes into deciphering what makes Taylor Swift special. She’s charming and beautiful and has a phenomenal team behind her. But I’ll be honest and say that none of that matters as much as this: Her songs are good. The lesson I take from watching her (and maybe you resonate with this) … Read More

42

December 31, 2015Compassion, Good Music, News

Douglas Adams, in his wonderful book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,” suggested that the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything is 42. Well, I turn 42 on Jan 1, which means this is the year I figure it all out. We’ll see how that works out. In the meantime,… … Read More

Mission (part 1): Listen

November 12, 2015Discipleship, News, Young Life

Originally posted at the Young Life Leader Blog, This is part of of a series written after my summer assignment as a speaker at Young Life Adventures. During that assignment, I was offered the gift of helping teenagers at the front end of their faith process work out language they found helpful.  — Jesus is most recognized for … Read More

Regret and Hope And Looking Back and Moving On

November 4, 2015Everything Has Changed, News

Have you ever been emotionally stuck in a past season of your life? Or maybe even a past event? If your experience is like mine, some combination of nostalgia, guilt, sentiment, regret and childish merriment keeps lifting that memory to the forefront of your mind. Part of embracing the impermanence of things, which is the … Read More

Prayer (part 4): When? Where? How Long?

October 29, 2015Discipleship, News, Prayer, Young Life

Originally posted at the Young Life Leader Blog, This is part of of a series written after my summer assignment as a speaker at Young Life Adventures. During that assignment, I was offered the gift of helping teenagers at the front end of their faith process work out language they found helpful. — When Should You Pray?  You … Read More