What Good is Being Good? — On Law and Grace

“Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to […]

Why I Gave My Nine-Year-Old Son a Combat Knife

It was the first night of my son’s initiation into manhood.  We had hiked to the top of Pinnacle Mountain and beyond the boundaries of Table Rock State Park and made camp for the night.  After dinner, we sat by our campfire, and I began to explain to my son the purpose and the content […]

Mentors – For the Win

“The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their grey hair.” – Proverbs 20:29 In his book, “To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing Up Without a Father,” Don Miller compares the transfer of wisdom from older to younger men to the method pilots used to advise one another […]

The Way Home

To this point, we’ve talked about chastity, about getting fit, about developing a work ethic and about perseverance — all oriented toward actions you can take to improve your future.  But what if your past is holding you back?.  I mean, what if you’ve totally blown it?  Is there a way to start over, or […]

Wynton’s Ways to Practice

I’ve been a musician since my early teens — ever since I spent an entire summer harvesting tobacco –by hand! — to buy my first bass guitar and my first amp.  And while I was proud of myself for earning the money and owning the equipment, I was immediately confronted with the task of learning […]

You Cannot Eat Like A Sparrow and Defecate Like An Elephant

“Let the world feel the weight of who you are and let it be their problem.” -Brent Curtis The business call had become a negotiation.  My customer wanted a lower price, but I was certain of the value I was providing so I stuck to it. Finally, my customer broke the tension exclaiming,” Booth, you want to […]

Why Chastity Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

“Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues.” – C.S. Lewis The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies of all time.  (If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now.  I’ll wait.) In a famous scene, one of the villain Vezzini’s henchmen, a Spanish swordsman named Inigo Montoya, corrects his boss.  Vezzini […]

Pseudonymous Bosh – Why I Don’t Blog Under an Alias

“Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, Baby…”  – Marvin Gaye As you may have noticed, I am writing this blog under my real name.  It was not a difficult decision for me to take, but if you’re curious or if you’re considering launching your own blog, I’ll tell you why I choose to forego the anonymity […]

Is Everything Awesome?

I enjoyed The Lego Movie so much I watched it twice. The protagonist Emmet’s favorite song in his orderly world is “Everything Is Awesome,” even as he fails to see the creeping tyranny of President/Lord Business. Millennials have been taking some flak from Baby Boomers and GenXers (whose turn it is to run things right now). […]