Hey Brother

The Right Words for the Job

October 16, 2017 Hey Brother, I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of Christians speak their own special secret language. We like to call it “Christianese.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It’s when certain phrases are used so often between Christians that it becomes part of the vernacular and the “culture” of…

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My Little Angel, Human After All

October 9, 2017 Hey Brother, Having your first child is an overwhelmingly emotional experience. In your arms lies your perfect little angel. And they are perfect, aren’t they? A unique combination of two people with only the good parts thrown in and none of the bad. You look longingly at your little angel and know…

Stop Hanging Out and Start Asking Out

October 2, 2017 Hey Brother, The modern, single Christian woman has it rough. She meets a single Christian guy who is “super sweet,” he seeks her out and talks to her every day after church, and after weeks of back and forth he finally asks for her phone number. Then she finds out it was…

I Can Do It Myself

September 25, 2017 Hey Brother, Job 6 verse 24 says, “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.” Unfortunately, my toddler does not think this verse applies to him. Even though he isn’t even two yet, my son is very self-reliant, which in many ways is…

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Oh, the Places God Will Take You!

September 18, 2017 You know, sometimes I think God isn’t listening when I tell him the plans I have for my life. I tell God what I think should happen, I write it down on a five-year life plan spreadsheet, but things rarely end up going the way I’ve planned. It’s almost as if He…

Hope in a Time of Fear

September 11, 2017 Hey Brother, As the years go by and we press further and further away from that tragic day in 2001, it’s easy for us to forget how big of an emotional and sociological impact September 11th had on our country. Suddenly we lived in a culture of fear. We even had color…

Finding Miracles at the Heart of the Storm

Hey Brother, My family lives in Houston. As I write this, the area is experiencing the worst flooding in recorded history. 6.5 million people are affected by the storm. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed, and the water is still rising. Some people may look at this disaster and ask, “Where is God?…

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

August 28, 2017 Hey Brother, I woke up today and checked my social media feed. Judging by the headlines of the articles being shared, you’d think the U.S. was in another civil war. There is so much division in our country, and I’m sad to say that I see just as many Christians as non-Christians…

Just Another Car in Traffic

August 21, 2017 Hey Brother, Well, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks in our country. There has been a lot of anger and a lot of hate. With everything going on, it seems like a good time to tell you a story. It’s a story about something I hate very much… traffic. Once upon…

Knights of Courtly Love

August 14, 2017 Hey Brother, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think it would be cool to be a knight. You get to wear armor, ride a horse, swing a sword, and rescue damsels in distress. Okay let’s be honest, rescuing damsels is great and all, but it’s mainly about the sword. Now,…