The Power and Purpose of a Good Reputation

You can only spend it once -- make it count

“Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.” – William Shakespeare “Othello” In this current US election cycle, we have had one […]

Kids really do say the darndest things

"Dad, you're just being modest..."

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”   — Franklin P. Jones We can talk about politics another day — and we might want to soon — but for now, here’s a fun story about an afternoon I spent with one of my sons back when he was […]

Seeking the Peace of a New and Eternal City

It will happen -- but it might look different

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” – Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV) Like many of you, I watched the protests and riots that affected Charlotte, NC, following an officer-involved shooting of an […]

Remaining Static Caused My Worst Day Ever at Work

How I learned a painful lesson

“Shock the monkey” – Peter Gabriel   Here’s a video post where I tell the story of my worst day at work. Oh, in the ensuing years, I’ve been through awful situations — including having my job eliminated — but this one was uniquely tough, as I hope you’ll understand. The good news is it […]

Do you Need a Better Meta-Narrative?

The four questions that define a biblical worldview

“What we do flows from who we are.” ― Charles W. Colson Here’s my latest video post in which I unpack the specific elements of a biblical worldview. Whether or not the operating system of your life is Jesus 1.0, I hope you’ll watch and ask yourself how you answer the four questions that define […]

News Flash: Porn is Bad for You

Says the woman who used her own body to profit from it

This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong.” – Proverbs 30:20 (ESV) I was simultaneously heartened and disheartened late last week as I read an op-ed in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. In a piece titled Take the Pledge: No More Indulging Porn, Rabbi […]

Loving Your Neighbor Means Not Wishing Him Out of Existence

Demography and why worldviews matter

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” -Leviticus 19:18 (NIV) I’ve been doing some thinking about the false prophets of doom. Clearly, scaring people is an effective, if manipulative, way of getting people to do what you want. What motivated […]

What Channel Are You Watching?

Your thoughts influence your feelings, remember?

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” – St. Paul (Philippians 4:8 – The Message)   Bear with me today. I want […]

So, How Have YOU Been?

What I did on my summer blogging sabbatical

“Rest and be thankful.” ― William Wordsworth First, I want to thank all of you who read these words of mine — and the thoughts that inspire them. And I want to welcome you to the third year of Ontozoan — One Real Life. As some of you may know, I took a three-month hiatus […]

Re-post: How Cultivating Resilience Can Save Your Life

Suicide sucks -- ask the ones who've been there. Oh wait.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13 (MSG) […]