That One Kid

As I’ve probably mentioned, I had the fine opportunity of going to the CentriKid children’s camp this summer at Southwest Baptist University. On the first day, one of the boys--I’ll call him JD--a young man who had absolutely driven me nuts for a year on Sunday mornings, walked up to me.

My Food Problem

If I were in a twelve-step program, it would be for overeating. My problem with food is simple: I like it way too much. Today, Penny and I had lunch at Pie Five, a restaurant we’d never visited before. I won’t say that their buffalo chicken pizza was the best pie I’ve ever eaten.

The Risk of Days Off

Yesterday I shared how I allowed two-plus years of great progress and discipline to be frittered away. After my top-of-the-stairs realization, I dropped more than sixty pounds. After a year of running regularly, I took on a half marathon, running Hospital Hill in 2014.

Crisis at the Top of the Stairs

About four years ago, I got to the third floor of the building where my office was and found myself huffing and puffing too much to speak with a colleague who crossed my path. It occurred to me at that moment that having allowed my body to get that overweight and that out of shape, I was simply asking for a crisis to come down the road toward me.

Pilgrim’s Destination

Although many of my literature-teaching colleagues don’t recognize it, the first novel written in the English language was John Bunyan’s classic allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress. Whatever its literary failings, Bunyan’s book is a remarkable portrayal of the core of Christian theology in a narrative form. If you’ve never read it, you should.

Emergency Food Collection for Houston

When we see the pictures and videos of the damaging floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, we are prone think of the homes and businesses lost and how we can help clean up after the water is cleared, but there is an immediate need the people of Houston need met. They are starving and need our help.

Jesus Is in Your Boat

No matter who you are, you have experienced storms. Storms are so common in life, that each person is either coming out of a storm, going into a storm, or right in the middle of a storm. And I'm not talking about the weather.

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