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We Are All Sociopaths (for Love)

Do the names Jesse and Celine mean anything to you? Right now they mean a lot to me. After years of putting it off, I finally binged Richard Linklater’s much-loved Before trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. The movies trace a single relationship between an American man and French woman over three decades. […]

Elevator Encounters

I have been in two heated race-related situations in the past six months. Both of them have happened at elevators. Several months ago I was leaving a doctor’s office and looking for the restroom in the corridor. A black man walked out behind me with a name tag and a clip board and I assumed […]

Breaking Up with the Hot Take

When it comes to romantic break-ups, the “clean break” is something of a unicorn — admired and sought after but seldom if ever attained. It might be even rarer than the “amicable split.” At least when it comes to genuine love affairs. There are any number of reasons why clean breaks are so hard to […]

Sticking Our Necks Out: Judgement in the Age of COVID Phases

Confessing Quarantine Sins and Looking to Hope beyond Sanitation

The High Cost of Change

Grappling with Change when the Problem with Humans Is the Human Heart

A Grave Burden

You Can Carry Your Memories, and God Can Carry You

Great Marriages Don’t Just Happen (And Other Threats Disguised as Sermons)

Unsettling Signs and Statues, and the Unnaturalness of Unlimited Grace

This Abundant Life

To Limit Oneself to Living: On Mundane Moments and an Abundant God

To My Fellow 2020 “Graduates”: Some Encouragement from My Middle School Diary

On Finding Contentment in “the Middle”

Alone Together In One Body and Spirit

Finding Forms of Fellowship Right Now

Compassion, Connection, and the Singular “With” of the Gospel

This is the Moment: His Presence in the Present

The End of Individualism

It Is Indeed Not Good for Man to Be Alone