I went to a Christian college ministry conference during the New Year’s weekend of my junior year at Elon University and met Shai Linne. Shai is a Christian rapper whose rhymes are often characterized as “lyrical theology.” He attempts to explain spiritual truths and theological points in hip-hop form. He performs one of my favorite… Continue reading I Like to Impress People. Even Though It Annoys Me When Others Do That.
We journalists like studies. They help us put stories and topics in context. So a study released in 2018 exploring the association between importance of religion and suicide ideation is obviously going to interest me. If you’ve followed my writing for any length of time, or you’re a friend of mine, you know that religion… Continue reading We Need to Rethink How We Talk about LGBTQ
NOTE: If you have not seen Captain Marvel yet, it might be best for you to avoid this piece. It has significant spoilers for the movie, which is fun and worth a watch. A movie that's stuck with me for a long time is Come Sunday, a Netflix film about preacher Carlton Pearson. I wrote… Continue reading BARS at the Cinema: CAPTAIN MARVEL and Changing Your Mind
I know the title of this post will make some people instantly protective. God’s not a God of confusion, they’ll say. How could you take something as clear as the Bible and get confused by that? A few reasons: God may not be a God of confusion, but how we talk about Him often leaves… Continue reading How Christianity Increased My Anxiety, and Why You Don’t Have to Have the Same Experience
The Bible has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I don't know how many I've owned over the years, but I feel that I've always perceived it one way: it's God's word, given to us from heaven, good for everything that we can ever come across. Of course, that… Continue reading Re-Imaging the One Who Created the Image: A Review of Pete Enns’ “How the Bible Actually Works”
As I perused Facebook and Twitter today, I got sick. I think I ate too much beef. My feeds today were filled with all sorts of arguments, squabbles, disagreements, outrage and, as the kids say these days, “beef.” Franklin Graham and Lady Gaga. Cardi B — I’m still not entirely sure who that is —… Continue reading Social Media Drives Me Bonkers. But I’m Sticking with It. And I Think You Should Too.
I read 2 John this morning. It was pretty easy. I mean, it's only 13 verses, five of them are greetings and goodbyes. But while I read it, I came across three things that challenged me today, that inspired me and made me think. "Some of your children walking in the truth" First of all, the whole "walking in" phrase related to… Continue reading I Read 2 John in 5 Minutes. Here’s 3 Takeaways.
So I read more books in 2018 than I've read in a year in a long time. Maybe it's due to my wife, who devours book, or maybe I've just decided to educate myself more than I wanted to in the past. For whatever reason, here I am, with the 12 books I read in… Continue reading The Books I Read in 2018 (And I Ranked Them)
Image courtesy of Calvary Chapel Birmingham I think sometimes, as Christians, we can overemphasize how much we give up to follow Jesus the way we do. God asks us to lay down our lives for Him. It's all over the place in the Bible. Take up your cross and follow me, Jesus says. The woman… Continue reading God Is Greater Than Satan. Duh. And We Benefit.
As a journalist, I make my living asking questions. Questions are important. Questions are vital to our lives because, as limited humans, we don’t know everything we need to know, and we don’t know most of the things we want to know. A lot of times in journalism and reporting, it’s about asking the right… Continue reading God Can Handle Your Questions