On a Hope and a Prayer, in a Van

Dale (my brother) and I were talking about the podcast. He’s been busy with work things and I’ve been busy with finding work things, so we haven’t been podcasting regularly. The Houston Rockets have also been in the playoffs and I’ll watch them instead of podcasting (priorities, you know?).

Well, Dale and I were trying to record an episode and I thought, “Well, I could talk about family life in the midst of transition. I’m there right now.” He thought that was a good idea—but then he decided to make it much, much better by not making it about that idea at all.

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Fighting Our Fears and Anxieties

I was recently speaking with a friend about something that we were reading in our F-260 reading plan—something that a number of people at The Chapel are reading through. The conversation led to thoughts that many of us wrestle through—what if something terrible happens to me, my family, or my friends?

If we trust Jesus as sovereign (and our trust or lack of trust has no bearing on his sovereignty), it seems like the amount we worry should only decrease as we walk with him and understand more of his grace and mercy. However, this decrease is not often that apparent. As life continues for us, the number of things to worry about only increases, and the number of worries multiplies each time. How do we deal with that? Continue reading “Fighting Our Fears and Anxieties”

Winning Evangelicals by Exposing Them

I remember the 2008 elections well because I had a choice to make and felt like my age gave me insight into McCain vs. Obama. I lived in Texas at the time—McCain country—and wasn’t worried about him carrying the state. So, I did what anyone would do and tried something—voting for Obama.

As expected, McCain carried Texas but lost the election. My playing with electoral math and “Why does it matter?” attitude won the day, and Hans now would try to shake sense into Hans then. (It was less about the vote itself and more about the attitude with which I approached it.)

Not so this time.

I don’t speak on behalf of my church in this, but I speak on behalf of my convictions and what I see as something quite significant happening in our country—people applauding, chanting for, and anointing a boisterous businessman as the best hope for our country. It has to stop. Continue reading “Winning Evangelicals by Exposing Them”

Your Story Affects What You Expect

Last night, after the kids decided to do their usual firestorm in the house and right before heading to bed, I saw this. Look at it quickly and look away. What do you see? Do you see what I see? Probably not.

It took me no time to realize that shortly before this alphanumeric pyramid showed up, Asher was spelling his name. A-S-H-E-R. See it now? Of course you do. How could you have missed it . . .
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Are We *Really* Ready?

Over the past few weeks I’ve gotten this question more and more often: are we ready? It usually comes to me in an email sometime after a service. Someone hears what we’re talking about, what we’re praying for, and what we’re hoping for, and wonders if we mean it—wonders if we really are going to be a church that makes room for lives that don’t look like our own lives, sins that don’t look like our own sins, and people who don’t look like “our people.”

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My answer is unequivocal: no we are not. At least two reasons come to mind . . .

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