I have two daughters, 1 and 3 years old. At this age, they spend a lot of time sitting on my lap listening to me read. We’ve worked through The Big Picture Story Bible repeatedly, along with Everything Your Child Needs to Know About God. They’ve enjoyed Grimm’s Fairy Tales […]

In Defense of the Little Red Hen: A Friendly Response ...


Let’s assume you believe the trinity is biblical. You still might wonder if it’s as important as some people claim. For example, the Athanasian Creed treats the trinity as a matter of life and death. “Whoever wishes to be saved must think thus of the trinity. And whoever rejects this faith will […]

Two Reasons Why the Trinity Matters



If your church has ever recited the Apostles’ Creed, you’re probably familiar with that awkward feeling you get when you come to the part that says “He descended into hell.”  All sorts of questions come to mind. Questions like: What does that even mean? Does the Bible teach it? If […]

Did Christ Descend into Hell? 5 Quotes from Justin Bass’s ...


  This is probably my favorite read this year so far. How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. The author, Alan Jacobs, teaches at Baylor University. [Note on the first quote:  Megan Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, former pastor of Westboro Baptist (the “God Hates Fags” church). She later […]

5 Quotes from Alan Jacobs’s How to Think



I recently became a full-time pastor for the first time. So I read a fair bit these days. It occurred to me that I could put this reading to further good use by sharing 5 good quotes from each book I finish. So expect to see these periodically from now […]

5 Quotes from Matt Perman’s How to Get Unstuck


I press my toes into the sand. They disappear; my whole foot disappears up to the arch. I push the pads of my feet forward and a furrow forms behind them. Soon, the sand that I am plowing dips into something clear. The clear substance is moving and alive. It […]

Learning about Hebrews on vacation



Note: This post was originally written in 2013. At the time, I was editor and reporter at the Macon County Times, which published the story referenced. By Tilly Dillehay A few weeks ago, my newspaper reported on a local animal cruelty arrest. A photo of a dog, which had allegedly been malnourished […]

Animal cruelty: the gateway crime?


You’ve seen these memes about being an introvert. They pop up on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter and are often produced by Buzzfeed. “21 Things That Will Never Make Sense to Introverts” “53 Pictures Only Introverts Can Truly Appreciate” “21 Tweets That Will Make the Introvert Laugh Out Loud” These little […]

Stewarding your introversion



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When I turned 16, I had been homeschooled my entire life. I was finished with my high school work, and preparing to go to college in the fall. I bought a car with cash that I’d saved myself; I’d already worked at several different jobs. I was ambitious and creative, […]

5 things I wish I could say to every 16-year-old ...


Note: The following piece was originally published at The Gospel Coalition on April 9 under a different title.   God saved me through hospitality. To be more precise, God used hospitality crucially in his pursuit of my soul. After years of a debate between my agnosticism and my longing for […]

God saved me through hospitality