A Global Impact

As I’m writing this, I’m coming back from Peru after a seven-day mission trip. Compassion International flew me down to Peru to join their team and see what they are doing in regards to church planting and reaching children in the deepest levels of extreme poverty.

The 100% Achievement

Since I was telling about an underwhelming student yesterday, let me share with you a guy who has really delighted me. I didn’t get to see what sort of a goal this fellow would set since he was in my Composition II class instead of Comp I. Still, I’m confident that he sets goals.

Mediocre Is Failure

In my Composition I class, I ask each student to formulate a goal that can be achieved during the course of the semester. Each of the papers during the term will be based in some way on that goal, but my favorite part of this approach is to listen to the various goals that students concoct.

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.

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