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Give a Gift of Grace

Give a Gift of Grace

A few years ago, a colleague of mine sent me an email. He wanted to organize a research project on grace. I thought it was a great idea. Even though I think grace is really important, there isn’t much research out there on what exactly grace is, or how it works. What...
Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Why Do Bad Things Happen?

When something bad happens, we might wonder what we did wrong to deserve the difficult circumstance. If faith is important to us, we might bring God into the conversation. If good things happen and our life is going well, we think God is happy with us. If bad things...
Do You Still Want the $100 Bill?

Do You Still Want the $100 Bill?

I recently listened to a talk by Eugene Cho, and he shared something that was quite impactful for me. He held up a $100 bill in his hand, and asked the audience if they wanted it. Everyone said yes. Then he crumpled up the $100 bill, and asked the audience if they...
Rules: What’s the Point?

Rules: What’s the Point?

Awhile back, my class at church went through the book of Luke. At the beginning of Chapter 6, two stories are presented about Jesus and the Sabbath. Working on the Sabbath In the first story, some of Jesus’ followers were hungry, so they picked some grain and ate it....
Who Are You? How Your Identity Can Help You Change

Who Are You? How Your Identity Can Help You Change

When trying to make a change, we often focus on the specific tasks we need to do. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Exercise three times per week. Stop smoking. Plan a date night. These actions and behaviors are important, but sometimes we can get bogged down in the...
Don’t Leave the Nest

Don’t Leave the Nest

I listened to an interesting talk by Joel Osteen the other day, and I’d like to share a bit about what he said. His talk was about faith and remaining hopeful for how God might work in our lives, even when we aren’t seeing much progress or movement. It was an...
3 Keys to Personal Growth

3 Keys to Personal Growth

Today I want to share a 3-part framework that I use to help people who are working toward personal growth. I use this model in my own life, as well as with clients I’m trying to help. The model involves three key areas of focus: (1) freedom, (2) values, (3) action....
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