The Part of the Easter Story You’ve Never Heard

The Part of the Easter Story You’ve Never Heard

All of us have moments in our life when we have allowed our ego to get the best of us.  We feel mistreated, so we lash out.  Usually, the lashing out is simply fear in disguise, and is an attempt to protect ourselves from shame or humiliation.  It’s a defense...
Great Marriage > Great Wedding

Great Marriage > Great Wedding

Have you ever had joy feel so strong, that you found yourself fighting everything within you to hold back laughter?  Three years ago today might have been the most beautiful example of that I can ever remember. I was standing up at the front of the room, groomsmen to...
Birthday Songs and Why We Hate Receiving Them

Birthday Songs and Why We Hate Receiving Them

It was August 24, 2016.  I was living in Bellevue Washington with my wife Matti, and thirty years prior on this exact day, I was born into the world.  To my knowledge, nothing special was planned for my 30th birthday (I have always scoffed a little at birthdays once...
Anger: It’s Not What You Think It Is

Anger: It’s Not What You Think It Is

As she walked into her kitchen, the woman became a stone.  Feet frozen to the ground.  Tongue stuck on the roof of her mouth.  Lungs void of every bit of air.  The primal fight, flight, or freeze response had taken over her in an attempt to preserve her life.  She was...
The Story in Our Scars

The Story in Our Scars

In 8th grade, my friends and I had this weird obsession with mosh-pits.  If you are unfamiliar with what that is, it’s when you go to a rock concert and people start zealously banging into each other from the aggression of the music.  They were tons of fun as a young...