January 16, 2016

Job Update

Job Update

Just wanted to provide a quick update for those who have been praying for my family and me. Less than a week after being laid off from Faithlife, I received a new job offer.

This Monday, I’ll be heading in to work for Lineage Media and Solutions in Bellevue, Washington.

That means we won’t lose the house, and we won’t have to move (again). God is good!

January 7, 2016

Losing a Job, Losing a Community

Losing a Job, Losing a Community

This past Tuesday, Faithlife Corporation—the makers of Logos Bible Software, the publishers of Lexham Press, and my former employerlaid off about 60 employees, myself included.

I’m still trying to process it all. There was no warning. One day everything is fine. The next day I’m out of a job, with a pregnant wife, a mortgage to pay, and no savings to help us out. Don’t get me wrong—God has always provided for us, and I know he will continue to provide for us now, but it’s still weighing on me.

And it’s not just the money. I loved my job. I mean I really truly loved what I did. I loved the mission and purpose of Faithlife, I loved the direction we were heading, I loved the books we were publishing, and I loved the role I got to play in it all. I believed in their vision, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

January 4, 2016

How One Church Reacted to the Threat of Violence—and the Questions It Forces Us to Ask

How One Church Reacted to the Threat of Violence—and the Questions It Forces Us to Ask

Pastor Larry Wright was leading a New Year’s Eve prayer service in a downtown Fayetteville church when a man entered the building armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle.

We’ve heard these stories way too many times in recent days. And we know how they end. People die. Loved ones grieve. Social media becomes outraged. And then nothing changes. We wait for the story to repeat.

But this time, the story went a bit differently.

January 3, 2016

Resolving to Hear the Voice of Women in the Church

Resolving to Hear the Voice of Women in the Church

I may be a few days late, but that’s okay. I have a new goal for the year.

I recently posted a list of some good books I read last year. When I shared the post on Twitter, I tagged some of the authors, including Wm. Paul Young, whose book The Shack I had recently read for the first time. He responded:

He had a point. Of the 31 books I listed, 4 included contributions from women, and 1 was coauthored by a woman. The remaining 84% were entirely from men.

January 1, 2016

Some Good Books I Read in 2015

Some Good Books I Read in 2015

These books aren’t all new, but I read them all for the first time in 2015. They’re very loosely sorted with my favorites closer to the top.

A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel On the Incarnation Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did Radical Forgiveness: God’s Call to Unconditional Love