An Indestructible Life

The first generation of Americans were at a loss for words when it came to how to address President-elect George Washington. During his inauguration, the crowds in New York shouted “Long Live George Washington!” His biographer, Ron Chernow, commented, “it was difficult for Americans to use language other than what they were used to, beingContinue reading “An Indestructible Life”

Radical Simplicity

You should be thankful we only memorize Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in our American schools, and not Edward Everett’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s historic speech rounds out at a tweetable 272 words. Everett — who was actually the keynote speaker and spoke before Lincoln — spoke for close to 2 hours. Yikes. Everett, ever the gentlemen, told President Lincoln afterwards, “…IContinue reading “Radical Simplicity”

Hope In Anxiety

The time is always right for a conversation about mental health. This really isn’t a conversation meant for tweets or posts, but eye-to-eye, heart-to heart. My hope is simply that perhaps a few paragraphs would give you or someone you love the courage to reach out, love deeply, and choose life. Today, reach out. LetContinue reading “Hope In Anxiety”

Our Choice, Our Society

The abortion debate we’re having in our generation is happening in the halls of history. We’re not the first to cross this bridge, nor will we be the last. The question we face today is about our community, and more importantly, what sort of community we will be. It demands an answer. Our future won’tContinue reading “Our Choice, Our Society”

On Creativity & Preaching

Should sermons be creative? Is it wrong to crave & expect creative sermons? It all depends on how we define “creative”. This I know to be true: nowhere is the Gospel boring. Proclaiming Jesus crucified and alive is impossible to do without joy, intrigue, mystery, and amazement. But what of style? Should we expect creativeContinue reading “On Creativity & Preaching”

Seeing Jesus Clearly

Slumped in their muddy trenches, with darkness settling over the battlefield, soldiers of the First World War were on edge. In the pitch black night, a flare lit up the sky over their trench, almost like a lightbulb, hanging in the sky, slowly falling back down to earth. Their heart skips a beat: the enemyContinue reading “Seeing Jesus Clearly”

Why I Quit A Social Media Detox

4 weeks ago, I started a quest for fresh life hacks and helpful tips on tech usage. It led me into a 4 week detox…that I eventually quit. “Life change” is a phrase thrown around in Christian circles. It’s what happens when someone meets and follows the risen Jesus. I like the phrase. Digital MinimalismContinue reading “Why I Quit A Social Media Detox”

Where Life Is Won

Sports are one of my passions. Any sport, really. Football, basketball, baseball, hockey — a ball, a puck, anything. I suppose it’s something to do with the home I was raised in. Even now, the Stacy men keep a group text going devoted to sports news. (If you need proof, I could show you the most recentContinue reading “Where Life Is Won”

A Grand (Bully) President

There’s Washington, Lincoln, then Teddy. Get to know one of the most influential and originial presidents of the last century. Leaders: made, not born Theodore Roosevelt was the runt of his family. He was small, constantly sick, a bit of a homebody — and while he came from privilege, he built a life that tested his limits. IfContinue reading “A Grand (Bully) President”

A Surprising Kingdom

“Surprise” comes from Old French that means “to seize”. To be surprised is to be trapped for a moment — suspended, seized by a change so profound, so in contrast with the colors of the normal, so unraveling, that you’re compelled to simply stay motionless. Emotion follows. It’s hard to surprise us anymore. Just a century ago,Continue reading “A Surprising Kingdom”