Note 1: This is the first episode of eight in a new series of blog posts outlining the details of the fictional television show The Christian Bachelor. Hope you enjoy! Note 2: This is in no way meant to be entirely serious. None of the characters involved completely represent real-life people. Of course, I take bits … Continue reading The Christian Bachelor: Episode 1 – Meet the Cast
"But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me." The above verse is perhaps the foundational verse on my life. It took me a little bit to fully understand all the ramifications of this piece of God's Word, but it describes me. It describes the God I worship. … Continue reading Why Am I A Ransomed Soul?
Note: This is one of my pet peeves about Christianity. It might seem a little nit-picky. But I think it does reveal a lot about the human heart, especially my own, so I must write about it. Some of the most disparaged characters in the New Testament are the disciples of Jesus. They are constantly mocked … Continue reading Let’s Ease Up on the Disciples, Huh? I Mean, You Are One Too.
As I've been reading through the Gospels, I've seen some pretty awesome things I never really spotted before. I've written about a few of these on this blog in the last couple weeks. There's also been some things I've seen that have convicted me, that have shown me just how much I fall short of … Continue reading Following Jesus For Other People to See vs. Having a Good Witness
Lots and lots is discussed when it comes to helping females with their body image. We talk for hours on end about how women in today's culture are objectified and how God loves them just as they are and the right man won't look for the "perfect form" and so on and so forth. All … Continue reading Body Image and Being a Dude: A Personal Struggle
As a journalism major, I find shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to be quite entertaining and fascinating. Stewart makes his living off of accurately mocking mainstream media (mainly the Christian news junkie's best friend, Fox News), while Oliver's in-depth reporting and willingness to tackle serious topics gives … Continue reading Finding a Different Way to Speak in a World Full of Hot Takes
Reading through the gospels over the last couple weeks has been one of the most beneficial things I've ever done when it comes to reading the Bible. As a Christian in today's society, it's really easy to get a twisted, inaccurate view of who Jesus is and what He was about. And that's not just … Continue reading Jesus’ Purpose Wasn’t Himself. Too Bad I Fail at Imitating Him.
Unfortunately, Christianity is often known for the things we are against rather than the things we are for. Whether it be alcohol or gay marriage or profanity or secular music, we picket and protest and write Facebook statuses and start Twitter wars and YouTube comment battles over every little thing that just might offend us. … Continue reading TABOO: Don’t Talk About It! At Least Not For Too Long
One of the greatest fears of Americans today seems to be the increasing attention the government is supposedly paying to everything we're doing on our computers, phones, etc., the increasing surveillance. It even got a lengthy treatment on HBO's popular Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which included an interview with the exiled Edward Snowden, a … Continue reading Compassionate Authority: Jesus Turns ‘Big Brother’ on Its Head
One of the most devastating things that can happen to me is going to bed. Don't get me wrong: I love sleep. I love getting rested for the next day, whatever that day may bring. I love waking up refreshed. But if I go to my room, shut the door, turn off the lights and … Continue reading On My Depression, My Anxiety and Following Jesus: It’s Not Really a Contradiction