First, I think everyone in the world should be in counseling.

That said, I was in counseling the other day.

I’ve made an agreement with myself to always be honest, even if I…



A few months ago, I sat in a little room for two days and read my book into a microphone that was essentially bigger than my face. I kept saying words incorrectly. Easy…



A couple of weeks ago, I was on a retreat with a handful of people who earn their living from the platform. That platform could be writing, public speaking, or doing music…



The measure of our identity, of our being (the two are the same), is the amount of our love for God.

The more we love earthly things – reputation, importance, pleasure, easy and…



So, you’ve made it to the end.

But it’s not really the end.

You’ve just read six essays of my new book Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear,…



Permission to Speak FreelyCan you take 3 seconds to leave a comment and vote on which shirt you’d buy (if any?) of the five options below? If you can leave your gender and age, that would be super…



For the “old man,” everything is old: he has seen everything or thinks he has.

He has lost hope in anything new.

What pleases him is the “old” he clings to, fearing to lose…

A couple of days ago, I was driving somewhere and thinking about Haiti.

It may have been around the same time they released the “estimated 200,000 dead” statistic because I remember thinking how…

I never thought there was much difference between reconciliation and forgiveness. In my heart, it all kind of meant the same thing – letting go of pain that someone had inflicted on me. Usually…

1996 and 1997 were really difficult years for me.

A few months into my junior year (which was 1996), my mom got a teaching job in Dallas and we moved three hours away from Abilene, where we had…