Pro Bono Jesus

What Failing to Run 1/2 Mile Taught Me About Myself

Posted by in emotion, motive, parenting, relationships

If there isn’t some sort of ball involved, I don’t really see the point of running.  Where are you running to?  Where’s the basket?  Where’s the endzone?  Nevertheless, we signed our boys up for a local running series that included a weekly race every Sunday.  Our 3 year-old is much more interested in grinning than running, but given the fact that he’s about as fast as growing grass, it’s probably a good thing.  Our 9 year-old, however, treats every competitive event as its own war of survival.  Watching him compete…read more

Stupid Comments and What I Really Want to Say

Posted by in emotion, humor, parenting

My family is unique. We have what most people would call a “big family.”  It literally looks like I am the grand master of a parade wherever we go.  As one may imagine, we get our fair share of delightful little comments from well-intended (most of the time) people.  Although I typically smile, nod, and half-heartedly chuckle, my head is usually racing with a collection of scrumptious comebacks that are usually discarded by my better sense before they make it out of my mouth. I’ve replayed many of these interactions…read more

The Worshipping Power of “I Don’t Know”

Posted by in emotion, general, Theology

There was a time once in some far off planet where the answer to every question wasn’t simply an “OK Google” or “Hey Alexa” away.  On a side note, I’ve often thought about how annoying it would be to be named Alexa these days.  On a side-side note, I also think it would be incredibly entertaining to have a friend named Alexa and just bombard her with random questions on a regular basis. “Hey Alexa, how many ounces are there in 29 quarts?”  “Hey Alexa, who won the 1939 World…read more

5 Keys to a Successful Humble-Brag on Social Media

Posted by in relationships

We’ve all seen them before.  The well-crafted Facebook post or the well thought out Instagram picture showcasing a great achievement, while still maintaining an envious amount of humility. You know, the kind of humility that you can be proud of.  It’s an art, and we Christians are especially adept at it.  We know that as Christians, we are called to live in humility; to not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing; to not practice our righteousness to be seen by others; and so on and…read more