Don’t Waste Your Basal Ganglia

Have you ever heard of your basal ganglia? Yeah, me neither. But I'm telling you now, and I beg you, please do not waste your basal ganglia. Let me explain why. In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg talks about how habits are formed in the brain. There is in...
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Neighboring 101: Do Your Research

Did you know there are ways you can "get to know" your neighbors before you "get to know" them? While you may not get all the specific information you can in a personal conversation, doing your research can help you understand the metanarrative of your neighborhood...

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Neighboring 101: Write It Down

If you're like me, you tend to forget things, especially names. I'm the worst at this, people. But there is nothing like meeting someone for the first time, and days or weeks later calling them by their name, even better, if you can remember the details of whatever...

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Learning the Grace of Affirmation

At the dinner table tonight, we experienced something profound, and profoundly lacking in our lives. As we enjoyed some Mexican takeout, we asked our kids to share about their favorite events in life so far. After each family member chimed in, we proceeded with round...

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11 Marks of Gospel Community

A couple years ago, I share the following characteristics of gospel communities. Living on mission is not a maverick endeavor. It happens in the context of community, but not just any community, a gospel community. Here are 11 marks I have discovered to be...

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