This category contains short essays on a wide variety of topics centered on the questions: Is Christianity reasonable, and if so, What does living faithfully to Jesus' teachings look like in the 21st century?

Brake repair Odyssey

You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first... you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril. ... And, oh, so many startlements. I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the obstacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your ... Continue reading

Pursuing greatness

I've always felt I was destined for some great achievement, what I don't know. — Gen. George S. Patton, from the film Patton Ferdinand de Lesseps was a man who felt destined to accomplish great things. He was a visionary, a charismatic idealist whose unwavering self-confidence inspired those around ... Continue reading

60 is the new 40

The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. — Proverbs 20:29, English Standard Version 60 is the new 40. — an anonymous, delusional Baby BoomerTomorrow I will turn sixty, and I'm not particularly thrilled about it. You can concoct a convincing ... Continue reading

Living in gratitude

Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.Above all, ... Continue reading

In search of peace

It was a brisk, cloudless, January morning, a perfect day to be out and about. I was working in the yard and considering a trip to the Home Depot. At a shopping center a few miles to the south, several dozen people were queuing up outside of a grocery store to speak with their congressional ... Continue reading

Misfits and champions

A revaluation in the market for baseball players resonates in the lives of young men. It was as if a signal had radiated out from the Oakland A's draft room and sought, laserlike, those guys who for their whole career had seen their accomplishments understood with an asterisk. The footnote at the ... Continue reading

Going all in

If you fly with any regularity, even if you aren't a pilot, you know the routines that every flight follows. The plane is pushed out from the gate. The pilots start the engines. The aircraft lumbers slowly down the taxiway behind a long line of other flights, all waiting their turn on the main ... Continue reading

Bulletproof

As a race car driver, we have a different mindset. We honestly believe down to our core that "it can't happen to me." We believe "it might happen to the other guy but not me." ... We believe our destiny is in our own hands. We are supremely confident when it comes to that. To a certain point, a ... Continue reading