How one word can change the way you view other people

How one word can change the way you view other people

One of the things I’m most grateful for in life is that my parents raised me to appreciate people. My dad was almost militant in making sure I said please and thank you not only to my elders, but everyone I came in contact with. It annoyed me then but I’m...

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A letter to my hair (before it leaves me forever)

A letter to my hair (before it leaves me forever)

Dear Hair, I always knew it would come to this. Since I was young, I looked at my dad and his dad and knew one day we would have to say goodbye to each other. Thankfully that moment isn’t here quite yet, but I thought it’d be good for us to both prepare for it in...

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The three types of relationships every guy has

The three types of relationships every guy has

At the core of everything in life are relationships. Technology may be changing this, but the basic truth is that everything we do revolves around other people. Our spouse. Our kids. Our boss. Our clients Our parents. Our friends. Our coworkers. Our pizza delivery...

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How to make work suck less this year

How to make work suck less this year

This month starts my third year owning my own business. Before going out on my own, I worked a job for 4.5 years where I had five different bosses over those 4.5 years. By the time I left, we’d gone through significant leadership changes and I didn’t fit the...

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A letter to everyone with different beliefs than me

A letter to everyone with different beliefs than me

Hi. I’m Jonathan. I’m a white, 30-year-old husband, dad of two, home owner, and business owner. I grew up in a middle class bedroom town made up of 90% white people. When I was a junior in high school, someone asked my principal how many black people went to our...

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On flags, faith, and freedom

On flags, faith, and freedom

Normally I try to start out these posts with some sort of statement that hooks you in and makes you want to finish reading the post. I’m not going to do that today. Instead, I’m going to start with a request: There have been tons of things said over the past month...

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Four things I learned from flaming out in ministry

Four things I learned from flaming out in ministry

When I left my full time job at a church to start my own business, it was framed in a way that was positive. I was going after my dreams and other fluffy things that made me feel good and made people I knew proud of me. It took me a while to admit to myself what...

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The Christian racist; or how I’m part of the problem

The Christian racist; or how I’m part of the problem

Eight days into my first ministry job out of seminary I jumped on a bus with 54 people and headed to inner city Jacksonville, Florda for a mission trip. I was interning with a high school ministry and what nobody knew at the time was that this was my first mission...

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Jesus farted.

Jesus farted.

Jesus farted. He also laughed. And cried. He was sarcastic to his friends. He played jokes on people. He wasn’t immune to sadness. He hurt when his friends hurt. He got hungry. And thirsty. He felt pain. He even got scared. I don’t want to disregard his kingship and...

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Trust vs compromise; or should I vote for Donald Trump?

Trust vs compromise; or should I vote for Donald Trump?

Before we even get started today, I’m going to warn you that this post is political in nature. You probably gathered that from the title. With that said, here’s what I want you to know: This post is meant to start a conversation. What I’m writing...

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Three thing I learned from my least read blog post ever

Three thing I learned from my least read blog post ever

On Friday, I wrote a blog post. When I posted it, I thought it was a solid post that would connect with people. It didn’t. Because no one read it. Seriously. It was my least read blog post ever. If you were one of the 21 people who read it, I owe you breakfast. Or a...

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