let's be real.

In those days, at that time, declares the Lord, search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.

— Jeremiah 50:20


I’ve found where I belong: with the rescued ones, falling on my knees.

— "You’re the One," Chris Tomlin


Why the Ascension Matters →

The ascension means we are in heaven, right now… Most staggering of all, the ascension means that God has granted all rule, power, authority, and dominion to a man

The ruin of the first Adam will be undone by the reign of the second.  Because of Christ’s ascension, we know that the incarnation continues, Christ’s humanity lives on in heaven, the Spirit lives in our hearts, and a flesh-and-blood, divine human being rules the universe.


If My Dog Could Talk

  • Dog:WAT DOING
  • Me:Nothing. I just stood up.
  • Dog:WHERE GO
  • Me:I'm literally walking 3 feet away. I'm not even leaving the room.
  • Dog:CAN I COME
  • Me:I mean sure but I'm literally just-
  • Dog:I COME TOO
  • Dog:WAT DOING
  • Me:I need to open this door.
  • Dog:I HALP
  • Me:No but you're in front of the door. Move please.
  • Dog:I HALP
  • Me:Sigh.
  • Dog:WHERE GOING
  • Me:I am going right back to the exact place I was sitting a second ago.
  • Dog:CAN I COME
  • Me:Sure.
  • Dog:I SIT IN LAP
  • Me:No please don't you are-
  • Dog:I SIT IN LAP
  • Me:No there's no room and-
  • Dog:LAP
  • Me:No, sit on the floor and I'll pet you.
  • Dog:RIGHT HERE
  • Me:That's literally on top of my leg.
  • Dog:IT'S PERFECT PET ME
  • Me:I am petting you. One second, let me just grab my glass-
  • Dog:PET ME PET ME PET ME PET ME
  • Me:I literally am petting you, I just needed a drink-
  • Dog:PET ME PET ME PET ME PET ME
  • Me:I AM
  • Dog:I SIT IN LAP
  • Dog:PET ME PET ME PET ME
  • Dog:HOLD SLOBBER TOY
  • Dog:SNEEZE IN UR FACE
  • Me:.......

tell your daughter to be real, not perfect. →

When a daughter is told to be an example, she thinks that means she can never mess up, can never have problems, can never just be a teenager with struggles like everyone else.

She might then mature into a woman who believes being a Christian means having it all together, saying all the “right” things, staying a few steps above everyone else.

She may become a person people look up to, but she will never be someone they can relate to.

She may be successful at managing her behavior, but she will always struggle to manage people’s opinions.

She may have a great reputation, but her character will be clouded with bitterness and anger.

She may be a good church-goer, but she will not know how to be a good friend.

This may keep her out of trouble, but it will suffocate her soul.

If you believe that Christ has taken up residence in your daughter, then instead of telling her to be an example, how about encouraging her to be herself?

When she is hurt, she can deeply feel it. When she messes up, she can own it. When she hurts someone, she can apologize. When she has doubts, she can voice them. And when she is joyful, it will be from a real place inside her, not a manufactured mask she puts on for show.

— From the author of “Grace for the Good Girl”


On the struggle to maintain the daily discipline of Bible reading:

"This Matters," Jackie Hill


Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

G.K. Chesterton

I was just discussing the barriers to faith at Yale, and I think this gets at one element of the challenge: Jesus demands one’s entire life, which is intimidating, so He isn’t given a chance.


Beware of being obsessed with consistency to your own convictions instead of being devoted to God. The important consistency in a saint is not to a principle but to the divine life. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than it is to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him.

— Oswald Chambers