God, My Heart, and Clothes, Part 1

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.  When it comes to fashion, I’m deliberately out of step. I don’t care if what I’m wearing is trendy or not—in fact, it’s my goal to resist the influence of others (from Paris or Hollywood or anywhere else) over my wardrobe. Like any man’s man, I relish being out of style. I want to feel comfortable in what…

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Don’t Waste Your Sports, Part 1: Sports at Their Best—And Worst

I can see it clearly. My feet are firmly planted on the starting block, knees bent, arms hanging loosely at my sides. The water is still. I take a final deep breath, waiting for the gun to go off, anticipating my lunge into the pool. It takes little imagination to relive this moment. I can’t count the number of times I dove into the pool, absolutely intent on winning. What led me to compete as a swimmer? Well, at first…

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Leadership + Family Vacation, Part 3

In part three of this series continues seven lessons I’ve learned while leading my family on vacation. See the first part here and the second part here. 6. Intentionally Together Family vacations are FAMILY vacations! Ultimately family vacations are about being together as a family, deepening our relationships with each other, conversing together, laughing together and encouraging each other. It’s about telling the same stories (embellished still more) and laughing even harder than the last time. It’s about being together as a family. What…

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Leadership + Family Vacation, Part 2

Part two of this series contains seven lessons I’ve learned while leading my family on vacation. See the first part here. 3. An Awareness of Indwelling Sin Don’t forget about indwelling sin. Though you are going on vacation, you would be wise to remember that sin never does. Merely altering one’s geography doesn’t subdue or silence sin. We are deceived if we think that a mere change in location or finding an idyllic setting will somehow suspend the active nature of sin. Actually sin…

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Leadership + Family Vacation, Part 1

“It is a bad policy to forego the regular vacation.” Charles Spurgeon You’ve probably seen the Walt Disney World brochure, the one where the family is capped with Mickey Mouse ears, standing for a photo op with the Cinderella Castle rising in the background skyline and exploding fireworks raining down to celebrate the conclusion of a fun-filled day. Huge smiles are present on each face. But if you’ve ever been to Disney you know that this family can be hard to…

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