My Top 10 Posts of 2011

Top ten lists. That is what the last week of December is for, right? I should probably get in on the action before it’s too late. Without further adieu, here are the top ten posts from this small corner of the blogosphere. Thank you all for reading. I am truly humbled.

10. Your Words Have the Power of Life and Death
9. The Result of a Depraved Mind: Practicing and Approving of Evil Deeds
8. Gospel-Centered Devotions
7. I Want to Love Jesus, Not Just Know Stuff About Him
6. Long Snapping Amazement
5. Happy Anniversary to My Wife
4. Biggest Out of Context Pet Peeve: Matthew 18:20
3. The Rob Bell Saga
2. Thoughts on Erwin McManus’s Talk at the Global Leadership Summit
1. Should We Rejoice Over Osama Bin Laden’s Death?

If you read this blog often, what was your favorite post of 2011?


Happy Anniversary to My Wife

On January 16, Carly and I celebrated our first anniversary as a married couple. We spent the weekend in Kansas City. We probably could have done the same things in Omaha that we did in KC, but it was much more fun to drive for three hours together, get away from our “world,” and relax in a hotel because we didn’t have to clean up, make breakfast, or fix the bed.

It was a year filled with laughter, tears, triumphs, arguments, romantic moments, and a huge learning curve. To date, it was the best year of my life because I went through it with my best friend, my wife.  Carly, I love you more than any blog post can express. Thank you for loving Jesus, for loving me, for sharpening my character, and challenging me to be a godly man.

I don’t deserve you. That’s why I’m thankful for grace.



Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Happy 26th anniversary, Mom and Dad!  This is better than the Silver Anniversary.  Why?  It’s the next one.  The next one is always better than the previous one.  (Perhaps I could say, “Happy first anniversary of the second 25”?)

Thanks for being an example of the Trinity — very much one, yet very different.  Thanks for being an example of Christ and the Church — lovingly sacrificing, humbly submitting, and leading your children to love God.  Thanks for teaching me what kind of man to be, and what kind of woman to marry.

It’s been a blessing to see you model the covenant-love that Solomon writes about:

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealously is fierce as the grave.  Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD.  Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.  If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised (Songs 8:6-7).

I love you both!


Happy 25th, Mom and Dad!

On June 10, 1983, my parents were wed.  They went to the Rocky Mountains on their honeymoon.  This week, they went back there to celebrate the beautiful life and marriage that God has blessed them with.  Not too many people stay married for five years and certainly not 25.  I’m proud to call them Mom and Dad.  I don’t have many heroes in life, but certainly my parents are at the top of that select list. 

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.  You are a complete undeserved blessing from the Lord.  Your guidance, counsel, encouragement, and support is absolutely incredible.  I cannot dream of two better parents in the world.  Thank you for praying for me (even when I didn’t want it) and persevering in your prayers that the Lord would direct me in his steps.  Thank you for being faithful to each other and to the Lord.  I am amazed that after 25 years, you love each other more than you did than the day you married and that you both are closer to Jesus now than when you first met him.  I pray that the the next 25 years, or whenever the Lord returns, is better than the first 25. 

I love you!