okay, done with this one. what’s next?

I’ve written before (here and here and here….okay, a lot) about prayer. I don’t get how it works. I don’t always believe that it works. I don’t know why I get yes answers to some things and silence to others and no answers to others. I don’t know what God causes and what he allows. I’m skeptical and cynical about other people’s God-is-awesome Facebook status updates “claiming the victory” for continual blessings.

Since you’ve tolerated my ramblings on this subject (oh yes, there are more……here, and here, and here), I wanted to let you know I finally figured out …


happy blogiversery

Today marks three years for this blog! (And tomorrow involves a birthday with more threes…….heaven help us.) Here’s a look back…..

Ten of the posts I like best, for one reason or another:

Do we really want a country of McChurches?

The story is bigger than our short-term happiness.

Can Christians drink?

A Holiday Tip.

“Leadership” means dealing with reality—including conflict.

eHarmony: I’m not a fan.

If you must read “The Shack“……

On preaching politics from the pulpit….

Why I’d rather work for men.

An open letter to Tim Keller.

Ten of the posts that received the most feedback, on or off-line:

Apparently …


Hands down, no contest, my favorite Christian music artist is Nichole Nordeman. I can’t think of a song of hers that I don’t like, but I can think of a dozen I absolutely love.

Turns out I didn’t end up interviewing folks at the GMAs this year, and the only reason I felt disappointed was it meant forfeiting a long-shot chance of meeting her. Nichole, if you’re reading this, do you want to be best friends?

Go to iTunes and take a listen. Start with these. I’d give a limb to be able to write this well.

This Mystery
Every Season
Wide Eyed
I Am
Gratitude (my anthem of 2006)
Finally Free


Glamour “shots”

Of all the reactions I expected when I began this blog, the one I wasn’t prepared for was criticism of my photo. A couple of readers, all of them friends and all of them, I’m sure, with my best interests at heart, emailed to ask why I picked that picture and didn’t I have a better one? Truth is, the photo came from the point and click camera on my cell phone and it was kind of an afterthought. That’s not false modesty—if I had a magazine-cover-caliber picture you can bet I would have used it. But we needed one ASAP and this generally looks like me so up it …