My religious rant of the day– A few years ago I dug into study on the tithe that is mentioned in the Bible. Most religious Christians have grown up with an understanding of what a tithe is, but it wasn’t until I read a description of it in the Bible, that I started thinking that it has somehow been usurped by religion be something is never was intended. Read it for yourself: Deuteronomy 14:22-29 22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and theRead More →

I may as well admit it, I have opinions… lots and lots of opinions. In the recent past, my opinions were both and asset and a liability. Professionally, people sought my opinions… they paid me good money for them. Personally, I was a person that many people came to for advice on relationships, issues of faith and life in general. I think I got that from my dad, who was a natural problem-solver.

I am sitting in the Dallas/FW airport with Nashville, and a dozen unfinished projects, hundreds of miles behind me. Beginning this weekend I am on a two week unscripted road trip with my old buddy Avery which has no destination, for certain, other than as close as we can legally get to Area 51. This trip is about checking out and enjoying something without deadlines, obligations or restrictions. This trip is about recovering that part of ourselves that is spontaneous and full of wonder. I look forward to many evenings under desert star-filled skies, where I can take a break from all of my failuresRead More →

A MacGuffin is a plot element that catches the viewers’ attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction. The MacGuffin is common in films, especially thrillers. Usually, though not always, the MacGuffin is the central focus of the film in the first act, and then declines in importance as the struggles and motivations of characters play out. It may come back into play at the climax of the story, but sometimes the MacGuffin is actually forgotten by the end of the film. Somewhere in my 20’s I lost any sense of where I was going or what I was doing in life. IRead More →

Sometimes, I just have to vent a little– today just happens to be one of those times. Over the last several thousand years, the Christian church has been through hundreds of different phases. In America those phases seem to occur at a faster rate, especially in the last 50 years or so. It may be possible that my generation has seen more change in the church than any previous generation before it. Now, I don’t mean core revolutionary change, like in the Reformation, but more like seasonal changes. I grew up Fundamental Baptist, a particularly legalistic branch of the Baptist denomination. When we moved to Georgia, my family churchedRead More →

If I was to make a movie about my life, the trailer would contain all of the real good stuff. It would probably be a coming of age story about a child who didn’t fit in, who overcame challenges and had grand adventures. I would put in all the good parts. Even the bad parts of my life would be used, but only to build tension, to set up the payoff. Like the time I had an awesome, high paying job that positively robbed me of joy and how that drove me to change. All the bad stuff would be put on display, so, that it canRead More →