Make War

Daily devotions: Bible, journal, and pens.“The commander must decide how he will fight the battle before it begins. […] He must make the enemy dance to his tune from the beginning and not vice versa.”

— Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery, nicknamed “The Spartan General”


Some people hold misapprehensions about the Christian life, thinking it weak or passive. The Bible, though, presents a different picture. It says the Christian life is not only active and strong but also engaged in a mighty war.

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U is for Unguent

A Whole30 plate, with fried banana chips, chicken, tomatoes, and spinach.

The letter “u” regularly acts as a best-supporting character. For example, it accompanies the letters “m,” “p,” and “q.” It often appears beside “n,” too, typically revealing a negative or opposing action: unhand, unconscionable, unappeased, unbelievable, et cetera, et cetera.

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You Should Feel More Excited about the Residency

A cup of coffee with heart designs stirred into the cream.

People keep asking if I’m excited about my provisional acceptance to The Austin Stone’s residency program. “Of course I am,” I reply. “Of course.” Something in my words, voice, or face must provoke doubt, though, because people, including complete strangers, grill me. “You don’t sound that excited.”

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