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January and February Reads and Reviews

In terms of reading, 2017 has been a good year so far. I’m on pace to read more books this year than ever before. Everybody is different, but these two tips have helped me a ton: 1) I’m only reading one book at a time and 2) I’m reading the books I’m most excited to read.  Continue reading

My 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Happy almost New Year!

Before 2017 begins, I wanted to do a quick overview of the past year. All in all, 2016 was my best year yet in terms of blogging. I published a total of 40 blog posts, the total number of views doubled from the year before, and the total number of visitors nearly tripled.

To everyone who reads this blog: thank you! Knowing that there are more readers out there than just my mom and dad is incredibly encouraging to me. (No offense, Mom and Dad.)

Now, without further ado, here are the top 5 blog posts from 2016:

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On Being a Young Life Leader and Showing Up

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This fall, Young Life in Greater Athens will celebrate 50 years of life and ministry. The following is a piece I wrote for their 50th Anniversary Book, a collection of stories and reflections over the past half century. 


When I first started showing up to a high school lunchroom in Oconee County, I was—like many Young Life leaders before and after me—absolutely terrified. Even though I was older (and theoretically cooler), they somehow managed to make me feel like Phil Dunphy from Modern Family. I suffered through a plethora of awkward conversations. I got ignored constantly. One time I sat down at a table and everyone simultaneously got up and left. (Great talk guys!) Continue reading

Ira Glass on the Gap Between Taste and Talent

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Writer Paulo Coelho once said, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” In my short lifetime, I’ve learned that one of life’s biggest deterrents is fear. This is especially true when it comes to any creative endeavor. We’re afraid of failing. Of producing something terrible. Of being laughed out the door.

For most of us, this fear is crippling. It prevents us from pursuing the very thing we long to do.

That’s why Ira Glass’ (the host of NPR’s incredible show This American Life) meditation on the gap between taste and talent is so utterly refreshing. Continue reading

Downton Abbey & The Dignity of Labor

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I have a confession to make: until recently I had never seen an episode of Downton Abbey. The historical drama has since become somewhat of an obsession.

The series, set in the sprawling British country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1925, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants. The show is absolutely beautiful to behold—the scenery, the outfits, the lilting British accents. But though the story takes place nearly 100 years ago, many of its themes are incredibly relevant.  

Whenever I watch a show or film, I’m always asking myself, “Where does the gospel intersect with this story?” Here are three “gospel intersections” I’ve been thinking about as I’ve watched Downton Abbey. Continue reading

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