When traveling, always slip two or three thank-you notes into your luggage or carry-on. You never know when you will meet complete strangers who quickly become friends by selflessly showing you the humbling hospitality of kindness, compassion, and love.

Much love.


This one time I held a door open for a girl. Sounds simple, but it’s really not. It’s more like a product of careful childhood conditioning. Essentially, I went to Gentleman’s Camp growing up. Other kids went to Space Camp, but not me. My parents put a book in my hands, a book that divulged and unearthed the subtleties of manners and how gentlemen behave, dress, speak, sit, good boy. Among these was the admonition to hold the door open for women. I still do this often to this day. Read More

This post is the last in what has been a continuing series for the month of March that aimed to examine the American Church’s response to homosexuals in their midst, whether they be believers, agnostics, or atheists. This month’s series was spawned by the Harding University Queer Press publishing a zine on March 2 featuring the voices and stories of past and present LGBTQ students at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, my alma mater. The zine can be downloaded in its digital entirety at

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Proverbs 3:27-28, and it says, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’—when you now have it with you.” Read More