Sexual Assault, Jesus, and Me

Sexual Harassment, Jesus, and Me

I was a freshman at a Christian university in South Carolina. He was the head of security for that university. He paid me $50 a week to take part in an exercise program, and he monitored ...
Three Roadblocks to Following Jesus

Three Roadblocks to Following Jesus

Most people that I encounter really like Jesus, or at least their concept of him. They see Jesus as loving, gracious, forgiving, and anti-establishment. That concept is not entirely wrong. It is difficult for them to ...
Relationship-Based Discipleship

Relationship-Based Discipleship

There wasn't a Bible study, or Scripture memory, or even prayer. There were barbells on the floor, reps to be done, and a lot of sweat. Some would say it wasn't discipleship. I would disagree. I ...
Engaging Emotions Without Manipulating Them

Engaging Emotions Without Manipulating Them

As I write this I’m listening to U2’s seminal album, The Joshua Tree, and I hear Bono singing about how he still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. After that album was released, the band did ...
Motivation and Acknowledgment

The Link Between Motivation and Acknowledgment

In his book Payoff, behavioral economist Dan Ariely recounts an experiment involving motivation. In short, participants were asked to perform a meaningless task, circling pairs of matched letters on randomly generated sheets of paper. When they ...
How to Become a Bible Reading Family

How to Become a Bible Reading Family

Early this morning I was drinking coffee and reading the first five chapters of Psalms, since it is the first day of the month. I noticed Brooke was drinking coffee and looking at her phone. Then ...
Good Leaders Can’t Be Bottlenecks

Good Leaders Can’t Be Bottlenecks

In Exodus 18, right before God summons Moses and gives him the 10 Commandments, Moses gets a visit from his father-in-law, Jethro. Jethro observes Moses dealing with everyone’s problems “from morning until evening” (v.13). Being a ...
Pushing Back Darkness Through Confession

Pushing Back Darkness Through Confession

Between planting a church and my family, I tend to stay pretty busy. We have 5 children. My kids play sports, and my friends throw parties. My Saturdays are often filled with basketball games and work ...
Why We Write Our Own Children's Curriculum

Why We Write Our Own Children’s Curriculum

Our family started attending Valley Life almost a year and a half ago. On our first Sunday, we were greeted with a warm hello as we dropped off our daughter Kate in the nursery. We knew ...

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