There are some things you never forget. Back in 2002, during my last semester in college, Professor Todd Bolen returned my final assignment for his History of Ancient Israel class. He had spent an hour grading my 10-page paper and had stapled a full page of typed comments to the back. I’ll never forget what he wrote, … More Twenty-Five Tweets on Writing
Bret Lott is a writer, he’s a creative writer, and he’s a creative Christian writer. I don’t think he would write a normal review — summary, strengths, and interaction. That would be the easy route. That would, in terms of its category, “borrow from the vast steaming pile of clichés we always have ready at … More Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian by Bret Lott (Review)
I wonder what percentage of my words each day either function as gossip or flow from a gossip’s heart? What if I valued others’ reputations more than my own? What if I silently asked for a pure heart before speaking negatively about someone? How much would I edit my words if I determined only … More 11 Questions about Gossip
Towers is the campus news publication of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Dec-Jan issue contains three resolutions from eight of Southern’s professors and staff members. Several of them, for different reasons, are worth sharing here: “Read through the entire Bible two times.” “Say ‘no’ to my grandkids at least once during the year.” … More New Year’s Resolutions from Southern Seminary Staff
Time flies when you’re having fun, and when you’re wasting time. Just because you’ve always dreamed of doing something doesn’t mean you should do that something when the opportunity arises. The finding of balance is a great blessing, and a great problem. Write from your heart, not for your resumé. Diligent … More Ten More Brief Reflections
Sincerity may look like the courage to do what’s uncool, or the humility to do what’s cool. You have two options when things get tough: keep going or give up. Childhood is as precious as it is short. When exceptions are not exceptional, they should not be accepted. Saying no means … More Ten Brief Reflections
I learned some things this year. By “learned” I don’t mean nailed down and boxed up, as though a twenty-seven year-old could learn wisdom with finality. I mean that I saw and experienced and observed these things as meaningful in one way or another. Some were fresh lessons, though most were simply the natural ripening of wisdom through … More Some Things I Learned in 2008
I didn’t have it in me tonight (time, topic, or motivation) to write any kind of extended reflection, but I wanted to post at least something. I realize that this is a dangerous combination. But here are a number of quite disconnected thoughts either from various recent experiences or that simply jumped to mind as I … More Some Thoughts
Tonight I stood as an adopted child of God holding my own adopted twenty-three-month-old East African son in a country where we couldn’t have sat together fifty years ago surrounded by white middle-class Baptists singing an old Christian hymn written by a former slave trader who had repented of enslaving my son’s ancestors. Amazing grace, indeed.
We expend so much energy dreaming about doing great things and so little energy doing the small things that God calls great.