The Long Run: Reflections from a Half-Marathon

Last Saturday I ran my first half-marathon: 13.1 miles through downtown Louisville with 12,234 other sweaty and soaked participants of all ages, genders, shapes, and speeds, some running the full 26.2-mile course and others, like me, taking the easy route. The gun fired at 7:30am, and the sneakered masses flooding the the lettered corrals on Main … More The Long Run: Reflections from a Half-Marathon

Perfecting Your Craft: Wisdom from Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback for the defending World Champion Green Bay Packers. After playing at Cal and surprisingly slipping to the 24th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, Rodgers sat behind legend Brett Favre for three years from 2005-2007 until Favre’s legendary annual retirements led to his trade from the Packers to the New York Jets. … More Perfecting Your Craft: Wisdom from Aaron Rodgers

The Little Engine That Could, the Good Samaritan, and the Inborn Law of Love

Have you ever noticed that the classic children’s story The Little Engine That Could bears a remarkable resemblance to The Good Samaritan?  There are many recensions in its long history and several layers of morals involved, but the version I read to Judah on Tuesday night speaks volumes to a fundamental matter of the human psyche and the human condition. The little … More The Little Engine That Could, the Good Samaritan, and the Inborn Law of Love

Grow

My parents-in-law have a backyard pool.  On Monday, I taught Judah how to dive down and pick up rocks from the floor of the three-foot shallow end.  On Tuesday, we moved to the four-foot middle section to grab the same smooth red rocks.  On Wednesday, he gave it a go in the five-foot end, a deep … More Grow

Not Yours But You

This morning as I sat on the living room couch reading Isaiah, Judah informed me that we had only one Pop Tart left as he sat at the kitchen table munching on the second-to-last one.  Knowing that I was about to leave in the next few minutes, I took the opportunity to pass along a fundamental … More Not Yours But You

Some Recent Thoughts on Life, Eternity, Sacrifice, and Giving

From time to time I find it personally helpful to type out a variety of thoughts that seem worth recording at least for my own personal benefit.  Usually they are fairly disconnected except for the fact that every element of life is intertwined when related to God and His purposes.  I record them together because there’s … More Some Recent Thoughts on Life, Eternity, Sacrifice, and Giving

Some Thoughts

I don’t know of a good way to introduce these.  Some are momentary observations, some are unripe opinions, some are (prayerfully) immovable convictions.  All are thoughts from the last day or two. Our court date is Wednesday, April 25.  I want to put this at the top because I don’t want to bump it from … More Some Thoughts

Wit and Wisdom from John Hannah (11)

The following are loose quotes from John Hannah as he lectured on Edwards’ writings on the Trinity.  Edwards never actually wrote a treatise on the Trinity that was meant for publication, so we don’t know what such a treatment would’ve been like or what it would’ve included or what shape it would’ve taken.  But Edwards did write enough … More Wit and Wisdom from John Hannah (11)

Signing Your Life Away

Today was RD Day Away, a day when the Deans’ Staff gets off campus and relaxes together.  We went to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley in the morning and early afternoon, Malibu Beach for the late afternoon and sunset, and a local fish restaurant called Froggy’s for dinner.  It was a refreshing day … More Signing Your Life Away

Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

The guy RD’s decided to hike Half-Dome in Yosemite this weekend (Jeff Lewis, Dave Hulet, Siona Savini, and I).  The only other time I was in Yosemite is long enough ago for me not to remember anything about it.  I’ll certainly remember this time, though. The hike was 15.2 miles roundtrip.  We gained around 4,800 feet … More Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

The Long Run

Cindi and I are still in the process of adopting our 6 and 1/2 month old son Judah from Uganda.  Right now we’re waiting for the orphanage to get his birth certificate and send it to us.  Once we get that, we can send in an already-filled-out application to the U.S. government.  We’ve been told … More The Long Run

Towards Good Habits: A Meditation on Learning to Floss

A few years ago, my dentist discovered my first two cavities.  They’re very small, and they’re symmetrical — they’re located in the exact same tooth in opposite sides of my mouth.  I tend towards perfectionism (in things of my choosing — that’s how perfectionism works), so I had been faithful to brush my teeth throughout my … More Towards Good Habits: A Meditation on Learning to Floss