Dec 4, 2013

Community Post: On Post-Partum Depression and Faith

I met Kimberlee Conway Ireton at a writing retreat at Laity Lodge , one of my favorite places on earth. When she told me she was writing a book about her bout with depression after having twins, I was intrigued. I couldn't wait to see how she would write about...
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Dec 5, 2013

Am I Allowed to Enjoy Sports?

I have very few regrets in life, but my earliest one is from tee-ball. I forgot to bring home the signup sheet to register for the tee-ball season. Somehow, at the tender age of six, I knew I was called to play baseball. And, very sadly, I had just missed...Read more +
Dec 7, 2013

Community Post: When We Went Down to the River to Pray

I didn’t know I had a question for God in my luggage, but He blessed me with a clear answer anyway. It seems that for me (and some of my dearest people), Laity Lodge, perched on the bank of the river in Leakey, Texas, is the thinnest place of all.
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Nov 28, 2013

Four Ideas for Handling a Bad Boss

Enjoy the long weekend! But you know that you're going to have to face the boss again on Monday. I’m sorry to bring up the topic of your boss today. You probably wanted to escape that world for a few days and pretend that he or she didn’t exist. Perhaps...Read more +
Nov 28, 2013

The High Calling of Abundance

“You’re always so positive,” people often used to say to me. One of my doctors likes to tell me how shocked he was when shortly after he met me, paralyzed and lying in a hospital bed, I told him that the nearby university was handicapped accessible and that even though...Read more +
Nov 21, 2013

Becoming a Slave to the Master at Home, at Work, and in the Community

“Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, …” This is how the Apostle Paul introduces himself at the beginning of his letter to the Romans. What a strange metaphor. We know there are people in slavery today but our modern democratic societies don’t have institutionalized slavery. This ancient concept is foreign...Read more +
Dec 3, 2013

We didn't pick him. He chose us.

Believing that I am chosen and beloved by God is something I can only know sometimes. There are days I don't believe it. It is easy for me to worry about my worthiness, both in God's eyes and in the world's estimation. For me, it takes practice and patience to...
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Nov 14, 2013

The Exploration of Influence

Something deep inside each of us longs to count. We want to matter to the world. We long to make a difference. We get bored, tired, even depressed by routine and monotony. We’re desperate for significance. We’re searching for acknowledgment. We beam when someone says, “You matter.” We seek praise,...Read more +
Nov 14, 2013

Born Without Arms, "Just Be Normal"

A Day With Greg Buell
Greg Buell doesn't have all the answers, but for now he's learning to live with mystery.Read more +
Nov 7, 2013

How are We Unknowingly Influenced by Sports?

In the movie “The Sandlot,” Scotty Smalls sneaks a Babe Ruth autographed baseball out of his house so that he and his friends can play some back yard ball. When they lose the ball, Smalls informs his friends that it was autographed by some Babe Ruth person, even asking, “Who...Read more +