I Feel Naked

Note: there’s no actual nudity in this post. I just wanted to get your attention. Now that I have it, guess what? I left my phone at work, so I really do feel naked.

My car was in the shop getting the brakes worked on and a co-worker was dropping me off after work. In all the hustle and bustle, I walked right out the side door and left my phone sitting on my desk, where it will likely remain until Monday morning.

I suppose I’ll find out exactly how addicted I am to my phone in the next two days.

If that’s the worst thing that happens to me, I suppose I’m doing alright. I think I can live 48 or so hours without a phone to stare at. It’s probably good that I’m currently off social media. Now, I’ll have a mini-fast from my phone.

Wish me luck.





I’m waiting on my retro Nolan Ryan jersey to arrive in the mail. If it’s anything close to the picture on the ebay listing, then I will be thrilled.

I feel like I spend a lot of my life waiting. It’s exhausting at times and scary at times but always worth whatever time it takes.

I remember when I found out that Mafiaoza’s was coming to The Factory in Franklin. It felt like forever. I drove by several times and it seemed like nothing was happening. Then boom, one day there it was, all filled with customers and glorious pizza.

Most of us will spend most of our lives waiting on one thing or another, whether that be a spouse or a career or a place to live.

I still don’t believe that waiting is sitting idly by, like waiting for the phone to ring.

I believe waiting involves action.

That action is mainly preparing yourself to receive what it is that you’re waiting for.

The Bible says that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. Again, it’s not an idle and passive kind of waiting, but one that involves surrender and constantly being vigilant to the voice of God.

As my pastor has said more than once, when God calls you, you won’t have time to get ready. You’ll have to be ready. And waiting is the process of being made ready to answer God’s call when it comes.

Waiting is hard. The temptation is always there to give up or to take matters into your own hands to achieve your own desired outcome. Sometimes, the bravest part of waiting is simply showing up and not giving up for one more day, one more hour, one more minute.

Good things come to those who wait, not passively and idly, but with expectation and readiness.


Those Crazy Walking Dead

I’m current on the latest season of The Walking Dead after finally getting around to the  most recent episode.

I have two thoughts:

  1. It’s time for Negan and the Saviors to go away. He made a crafty villain and a worthy adversary, but the whole Saviors Versus Rick & Company is getting a little old.
  2. I love how Rick and his crew always seem to find each other, no matter how many times they get separated. That could be the running theme of the show– how friendship and love win out, even in the zombie apocalypse.

I’ll be a good boy and not give away any spoilers from Season 8. I will say that there have been some very unexpected twists and turns so far. It’s not for the feint of heart (or of stomach) but it’s still one of the best series out there at the moment.

I’m reminded that I’m better off when I’m in community. The Bible doesn’t teach any kind of Lone Ranger Christianity. In fact, it says that that kind of faith is most liable to temptation.

We as the Body of Christ are truly better together. Your strengths make up for my weaknesses, and visa versa.

That old song by Sanctus Real is right. We do need each other.

Read Your Own Life

“So take seriously the story that God has given you to live. It’s time to read your own life, because your story is the one that could set us all ablaze” (Dan B. Allender).

That’s it. Staying true to your own narrative isn’t easy. It’s much easier to copy someone else’s life or to live to the expectations and desires of what others think you should do and be (or your own conception of what others think you should do and be).

No one will be set ablaze by a second rate imitation but by a first rate version of you being uniquely you. You-niquely you.

“Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions” (Dag Hammarskjöld).



All Things British

I recently subscribed to another streaming service in addition to Netflix. This one’s called Britbox and it contains all sorts of British programming, including all the classic episodes of Doctor Who that still survive.

I’m in heaven.

I’m getting acquainted with the first Doctor, William Hartnell. He’s a far cry from the Doctors of the current incarnation of the show that started back in 2005. He can come across as haughty and egotistical, but I find him growing more and more human as the first series progresses (which is a bit ironic since he’s actually from the planet Gallifrey.

I find that the limited special effects of the time forced the series to focus more on story and character than the special effects, with good results. The results are compelling stories where the imagination takes over where limited technology ends.

I can’t think of anything American that compares, unless you consider the Star Trek franchise. I’m looking forward to catching up to the current Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, at some point.

Until then, I’ll post periodically and update you on where I am and what my thoughts are as to the Who-verse.


It’s Not All Good

“We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan” (Romans 8:28, The Voice).

The popular rendition of this verse is that in God all things work together for good. Note that it does not say that all things are good but that all things work for good.

In other words, it’s not all good.

All you have to do is watch the news, read the newspaper, or catch the headlines on any news website to know that. Creation is beautiful but broken, due to that original sin that messed everything up.

It’s not all good when racism still exists and people are looked down upon as being less than for skin color, ethnicity, or gender.

It’s not all good when schools aren’t a safe place to learn, as too many students have died from gun violence.

It’s not all good when parents bury their children, when women want desperately to have children but can’t, and when someone else gets a cancer diagnosis.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not “I’m okay, you’re okay.” It’s not an “It’s all good.”

The gospel of Jesus Christ says that God can take anything, even the worst kinds of evil, and work it into something good and beautiful.

The gospel says that one day, all will be made right and there will be no more pain or tears.

So no, it’s not currently all good, but the cross proves that God can take even the very worst and redeem it.

That’s all good.


No One Should Be Left Out

“Praise the Eternal!
Praise the True God inside His temple.
    Praise Him beneath massive skies, under moonlit stars and rising sun.
Praise Him for His powerful acts, redeeming His people.
    Praise Him for His greatness that surpasses our time and understanding.

Praise Him with the blast of trumpets high into the heavens,
    and praise Him with harps and lyres
    and the rhythm of the tambourines skillfully played by those who love and fear the Eternal.
Praise Him with singing and dancing;
    praise Him with flutes and strings of all kinds!
Praise Him with crashing cymbals,
    loud clashing cymbals!
No one should be left out;
    Let every man and every beast—
    every creature that has the breath of the Lord—praise the Eternal!
Praise the Eternal!” (Psalm 150:1-6, The Voice).

As I read the words to this particular Psalm, I was reminded of something that John Piper wrote. He said that worship is the ultimate purpose of the Church. Missions, he said, exists because there are places where worship does not. Missions exists because there are people who still have not heard of God’s saving power in Jesus and of His worth and value and of His redeeming love.

Missions will not always exist. The Bible says that one day there will be a multitude of people from every ethnicity and race and language gathered around the throne of God and that the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of Yahweh as the waters cover the seas.

Until then, we have the Great Commission, so that no one is left out of the opportunity of an eternity with God.