I was in praise team practice at my church last night and we were practicing the song "Come Thou Fount," a wonderful hymn that's been pretty popular in recent years through modern interpretations. As it always seems to, one particular part of the song struck me: Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily I'm … Continue reading It’s Very Possible I Will One Day Abandon Jesus.
One of my favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother is "The Chain of Screaming," when Barney Stinson proposes an idea called, you guessed it, "the chain of screaming." The quality of the video below is not great, but you'll get an idea of what it is. The idea is that anytime someone gets frustrated with … Continue reading I Don’t Respond Well to People Disagreeing with Me
Perhaps the most public not-so-subtle criticism of a pastor from someone within the Christian sphere came in February 2011, when evangelical stalwart John Piper tweeted, "Farewell, Rob Bell," with a link to Justin Taylor's quick reflection on a promotional video for Bell's then-forthcoming book Love Wins. At the time, I thought that was the holiest of burns. … Continue reading The Christian Culture of Condescending Criticism
When I was younger, and even now, I hated doing yard work. I don't like getting sweaty or dirty, and no one really wants to spend multiple hours in the hot sun picking up sticks or raking leaves or mowing the lawn. Every now and then it might be fun, but the end result is … Continue reading Spiritual Exhaustion and Spiritual Vacations: Admitting You’re Tired of Ministry Efforts
When you look at the story of the crucifixion, you see Jesus. And you should. He's the center of the story. But as the creative type that I am, I love seeing characters within stories and interactions they have with the central flow of action. There are characters other than Jesus who play an important … Continue reading The Five Often Unexamined Characters of the Crucifixion We Have a Lot to Learn From
Confession time: I used to be obsessed with being a Christian. And I didn't think much about it at the time. Maybe I didn't know. But my goal in life was to make sure that people knew I was a Christian. I wanted to do everything possible. A list of some ways: I would post … Continue reading Am I Obsessed with Jesus or Am I Obsessed with Being a Christian?