Hill Running

Running As Prayer: Surviving These Everlasting Hills

Yesterday I reached two milestones in my marathon training. One, I completed my first full month of training and experienced improvement without injury. Two, I had my hardest workout of this training cycle: an extended (and brutal) run through a series of steep and long hills. The words ‘hill workout’ on a training plan can…

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Why Scruffy Hospitality Creates Space for Friendship

After seven years of marriage, my wife and I have welcomed numerous friends into our home. Once we decide to host friends for an evening, we usually kick into get ready mode, a fast and furious sprint in the days and hours before our friends arrive. We divide and conquer the to-do list: select a…

winter

Praying with the Book of Winter

He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs. Who can stand before his cold? Psalm 147.16-17 (ESV) Snow and ice covered Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama today. An already frigid winter brings its heaviest blast of the season in the middle of February. The frustration…