Hollywood Existential 17: Teachers

Ah teaching, that wonderfully rewarding vocation featuring the beauty of sacrifice and the transmittance of knowledge to minds and hearts longing to learn. Or, if you prefer, that soul-sucking grind amid oceans of apathy in which the Cheerio of...

Kindness (& Pittsburgh Penguins) Beat Bullying This Time

Just a few weeks ago, 13-year-old Noah Brocklebank decided he had been bullied enough and said he would take his own life on his birthday. Noah told CBS News: “Just felt like everything was worthless. My life was terrible. I had no one.” But he did and does have...

5 Steps You Can Take Right Now Against Human Trafficking

Imagine if you could bring someone back from the dead. A few years ago my phone rang around 11:30 at night. The voice on the other end was a 15-year-old boy we had been kind to a few weeks earlier. “Clay, I’m at the corner store. My parents kicked me out....

4 Life Lessons from a Viral Image

Photos, videos, memes and more go viral everyday. One such recent image offers a glimpse into the better side of humanity, a shiny jewel in the midst of so much national darkness. Have you seen this photo? On a cold night in November, Officer Lawrence DePrimo came...

Win Stuff For My Birthday!

It’s my BIRTHDAY! And I want YOU to win stuff. Check out this short video for details… What d’ya say? Let’s help out the Ballingers. Here are three great places to visit. Do Good, Win Stuff at Jessica Buttram’s site. Check my friend...

My 12 Ounce Interview! (Plus Book Giveaway)

One of the greatest things to happen as a result of my book Undead’s release is that I met an amazing guy named Barry Hill. Barry is a father of SIX and a youth pastor from Virginia who invited me to spend a weekend speaking to and hanging with students at their...