The thrill of victory, the excuses of defeat

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I’ve seen articles from several of the leading sports websites talking about last night’s college football national championship game.

The argument goes that Alabama benefited from poor officiating. Continue reading “The thrill of victory, the excuses of defeat”

The only resolution that matters for 2018


At the beginning of each year, millions of Americans make new year’s resolutions. Common resolutions include eating healthier, saving more money, quitting smoking, or learning a new skill. All of those are great things.

But the reason why we create new year’s resolutions is because there are areas in our life where we know we should be doing something and where we aren’t. Maybe it’s something we’ve tried and failed at before, but new year’s gives a sense of optimism. I think before we focus on anything else in 2018, our resolution should be to start (or continue) living each day for God.

We can feel like we want to get all of our ducks in a row before we can make time for faith. There are always reasons to not pursue God. There are always things that come up, difficulties we have. If we wait until everything is perfect before we do something, it never happens. Continue reading “The only resolution that matters for 2018”

Virgin birth shows us the gospel

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The message of the gospel is that it is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16). That we have sinned, that the relationship with God has been broken and that there is nothing we can do on our own to restore that relationship with a Holy God.

We contribute nothing positive to our salvation. Our good deeds count for nothing. The only works that save men are the works of Christ. Continue reading “Virgin birth shows us the gospel”

Confession – I’ve never seen Star Wars

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I won’t ruin Star Wars for you. In fact, I am so committed to not ruining it, that I have never seen any of the Star Wars movies.

When people hear this, some have a visceral reaction. To some, that basically comes across like I’ve said I’ve never had a pizza, drank a coke, laughed, or experienced any type of joy ever. “WHAT? You’ve never seen Star Wars? How are you alive?” I’ve had various friends over the years hear that, and say “we need to watch them.” The reason why I haven’t seen Star Wars is not about a lack of access. I’m gainfully employed. I could see them. I’m just not interested.  Continue reading “Confession – I’ve never seen Star Wars”

The cost of becoming famous

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In an international incident, three UCLA basketball players were detained in China for stealing sunglasses. One of them was LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The Ball family has come to prominence in the world of sporting news in large part due to the outspoken patriarch of the family: LaVar.

This week, the family announced that LaVar has pulled LiAngelo out of school (which is still confusing how a grown man gets pulled out of school, but it fits the overbearing m.o. of LaVar). As with everything, LaVar has made a spectacle out of the situation. He tried to justify the players, arguing that they weren’t punished further in China, so why should they face consequences now that they’re back here n the United States?

The Ball family has their own reality show called Ball in the Family, which is clearly their attempt to be like the Kardashians (and the two shows are produced by the same group). LaVar is also often times trying to hock products from their Big Baller Brand apparel line. Continue reading “The cost of becoming famous”

Leadership lessons learned in college

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10 years ago today, I accomplished one of my great goals in college. I became president of the Bowling Green State University Interfraternity Council (IFC). When I was elected, there were 16 fraternities and a few hundred fraternity men.
When I was in college, I loved being in a fraternity. They’re still the memories of college I most cherish (let’s face it, I certainly didn’t love college for the classes and homework.) It was being part of something, having a group of brothers – many of whom, I’m still close to. Continue reading “Leadership lessons learned in college”

Thanksgiving everyday

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We have opportunities throughout the day, everyday to either be thankful or thankless.

I heard someone ask the question a few days ago, “Why does God make some people more miserable than others?” I was struck by that. There are certainly some people who have different challenges in life than others do. Continue reading “Thanksgiving everyday”