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Struggling with Joy

The third week of Advent is about joy. Joy is hard. We use the word joy to mean pleasure and happiness. I am supposed to be filled with joy, but I often feel anxiety, frustration, and depression. In a way,…

Be Still

Art reveals the soul of a society. It reveals what a society values and believes. It transcends the day-to-day ordering of tasks, duties, and responsibilities to reveal the inner light of our lives. It puts all we do in context.…

Existential Conversations with a Hitman in a Taxi Cab

The 2004 movie Collateral tells the story of a cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) who picks up a customer named Vincent (Tom Cruise). Vincent hires Max exclusively to take him to a number of locations for the night. Max soon…

People of Hope

For the First Sunday of Advent, Jennifer and I planned a worship focus on hope. It was a good exercise for me because I struggle to maintain hope. I have at various points in my life given in to despair.…

Muzzle

Money can complicate things. In a candid moment on the documentary Meeting People is Easy, Thom Yorke (the lead singer of the band Radiohead) admitted to the temptations he faced when the band became popular. Suddenly, they wanted to continue…

Thoughts on the Parable of the Vineyard

I don’t enjoy being behind. Whether it is a TV, book, or video game series, I can’t stand being behind. When something catches my attention and interest, I want to get caught up to everyone else. It’s irritating to feel…

Players in the Story

Corban and I have been talking about role-playing games a lot lately, Dungeons & Dragons in particular since it is the best-known, most-popular role-playing game. Neither of us have played the game, but we are both interested. As a writer,…

Targets

I have heard (and have had myself) two responses to the word sin: I am such a sinful person, That person is so sinful. And in both cases, “sin” tends to mean “doing bad things.” I do so many bad…

Struggling with Joy

“What is the theme for this week of Advent?” I asked Jennifer. “Joy,” she said. “Ugh. Why do I always have to write about joy?” Joy is hard for me because I frequently struggle with depression. And since our culture…