Social Media Friends

Or as my wife calls them, "Fake Friends"

Yes, you read that correctly. “Fake Friends” In a time now past, my wife identified my online friends as “fake friends”. Why? Why would she do this? And more importantly, to me anyway, was she correct in identifying hundreds of people I interacted with online as being “fake”? Good question. And then one day we […]

Intimate Friendship

Kinship In The Age of Social Media

I was challenged a couple of weeks ago to not discuss friendship in the abstract or generically, but to “get into the personal particulars” of true friendship. Diving deep into friendship can be tough. But let’s do it anyway. In discussing true intimate friendship, a couple of great examples come immediately to mind. The first […]


Kinship In The Age of Social Media

I’ve had this idea of “friendship” rolling around in my head for a few months now. Questions continually pop into my head (and I try hard to remember to scribble them down so I can write about them later). As we interact with people, when do they become friends? Can friends replace family? What makes […]

The Festival of Faith and Writing

Stretching Outside My Zone with Shauna, Sarah and Wesley

Last week Thursday through Saturday I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’d never been to this festival, but I’d heard many great reviews of it over the two plus decades of its existence. Why did I go this year? Simple. I’m a writer. A full-time […]

I Am Not My Own

“I am not my own…”   Those of you steeped in Reformed tradition recognize those five words, and you have already begun reciting the rest of the words in the answer to the first question in the Heidelberg Catechism. If you aren’t familiar with those words, or the Heidelberg Catechism, here’s the short version: H.C. […]

Are You Relying On Your Bank Account Or God?

I pose this question to you because I need to pose it to myself. “Am I relying on my bank account, or am I relying on God?” Three months into this new adventure of working for myself, from home, I need to ask myself this hard question. The balance in the bank account can be […]

I Cried on Easter

“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” – 1 Corinthians 15:54b-55 I cried on Easter Sunday. More than once. There is no doubt Resurrection Day is a powerful day. The most important day. And it being that day probably pushed my emotions to the […]

My Pillow is Evil

The Journey - An Update

Let’s get real here for a minute. Working from home is hard. The flexibility is great. Not having to commute to work is great. Not having to fill up the gas tank in the truck more than once a month is great. But actually getting work done is hard. Transitioning from a traditional job to […]

The Start of 2016 and A HUGE Leap for Me!!

You may have noticed my absence over the last few weeks. Then again, you may not have noticed. Anyway, I’m, “Back and better than ever!!!” (Thanks Mike Greenberg.) 2016 is off to a HUGE start. First off, I am now self-employed. Yep. You read that right. I’m working for myself. After 18+ years in auto […]