Zach Hoag

Faith & Flourishing

I believe the light is winning.
And I want you to believe it too.

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That’s what this site is all about, really – seeking and finding the light, as we explore Jesus-centered faith and the flourishing life. And I’m so glad you’re here. Welcome to the conversation!

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The Difference Between Faith and Sounding Like an Automaton Droid

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“You just have to have faith.” “Pray harder.” “Fast more selflessly.” “Wait on God more patiently.” I had big gold stars by all the Christian categories of waiting, and my uterus was still a barren wasteland. I was the man by the pool waiting for a miracle, and day after day, my miracle didn’t come. […]

Help Me Get One More: The New Hacksaw Ridge Trailer

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Last week I came across this trailer for the brand new movie Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington. And it’s basically the gospel of peace displayed in stark relief on the silver screen: I had a strong emotional response to the trailer, first and foremost because the commitment to nonviolence in the thick […]

I Believe in Bloggers


There’s no shortage of voices out there saying “blogging is dead” – or some variation thereof. And honestly, that’s a natural result of a particular media form going through some evolution and change. But make no mistake: I believe in blogging. And more than that: I believe in bloggers. I believe in bloggers because one of […]

Summertime is the Best Time to Design a New Church Website!

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Some of you may not know this, but in addition to writing books and blog posts, I also create things on the Internet. Specifically, websites! And even more specifically: websites for churches!! If your church website is looking a little outdated, or if your church doesn’t have a website at all, I can help. For […]

Something Bigger is Going On Here


Last week, my daughter Gemma went to her final doctor’s appointment in the long process of her recovery. And later on, while we debriefed in the kitchen, my wife Kalen said, “For some reason, this appointment really got me thinking that something bigger is going on here.” I believe that when we are doing our best […]

Write the Future


Where do you want to go? What do you want to be? We were told we could be anything we wanted to be as long as we set our mind to it. Some of us were told we were called. Chosen, even. But what happens when the future you thought was sitting there, waiting for […]

Almost Famous

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“Daddy, I’m famous!” Gemma jumped into our old, gold minivan (affectionately named “Blanche”) to announce the news. Yesterday was Gemma’s very last doctor’s appointment in the long saga of her recovery from a harrowing case of bacterial meningitis. She recently received a clean bill of health from the Infectious Disease team (praise God!) and this was […]

3 Reasons You Should Be Writing Right Now


Writing is hard. Right now I’m neck deep in writing and editing my second book, The Light is Winning. And the thing about writing books, especially books loosely placed in the memoir category, is that they are equal parts art and therapy. You gotta dig deep into the story, and that brings you face to face […]

On “Lanes”

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I’ve written on the Internet in one form or another for at least 10 years. But when I first started writing/blogging with intention (sometime in 2012), a curious thing began to happen. I quickly gained a reputation, and with it, a kind of label. As a happy introvert who sometimes struggles with insecurity, the experience of […]

Easter: The Opposite of Pitiful

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One of the classic portions of Scripture unpacking the resurrection of Jesus – and what Easter really means – is 1 Corinthians 15. In that passage, the apostle Paul argues that the resurrection is the non-negotiable foundation of Christian faith, to the degree that without it, “your faith is futile and you are still in […]

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