The Death of Nuance: Max Baer, Hollywood, Modern America and the Church

One of my favorite books is Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History. It follows the lives of boxers James J. Braddock and Max Baer leading up to their 1935 heavyweight title bout, which Braddock won in upset fashion. Braddock, a New Jersey native, was one of the best … Continue reading The Death of Nuance: Max Baer, Hollywood, Modern America and the Church

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The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

"I can take that Bible and denounce what I'm teaching." - Carlton Pearson, NPR I don't write a lot of movie reviews, at least not anymore. I used to write a ton. But I'm taking it back up because "Come Sunday," a new movie on Netflix, challenged me, my heart and my faith in a … Continue reading The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3

NOTE: This is the third excerpt from my book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book releases on Jan. 12, 2018. Modern Anxious Romance In his book Modern Romance, comedian and actor Aziz Ansari (who plays the hilarious Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation) explores the quirks and difficulties of … Continue reading ‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3

‘Introduction’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 1

NOTE: This is an excerpt from my book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief, which is releasing on the iBooks Store on Jan. 12. You can read more about the book here. Probably my favorite book of all time is Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning. It’s somewhat unlikely you’ve … Continue reading ‘Introduction’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 1

The Same Old, Same Old Salvation Story, And How My Cynicism Got Punched in the Gut.

My church-related cynicism took a fresh hit of reality this weekend, one that was well-needed. At a church event, the people leading it shared their testimonies. They were (separately) dealing with similar issues. They had heard of Jesus-related things when they were young, but they shoved it aside. Instead, they pursued drugs and alcohol, sex … Continue reading The Same Old, Same Old Salvation Story, And How My Cynicism Got Punched in the Gut.

(For)Getting All the Feels: Rethinking the Way We Follow Jesus

Perhaps the most important thing I've ever learned about following Christ is that you can't base your relationship with Jesus on emotions. Just because it "feels like" it's not going right doesn't mean that it's not. And vice versa. But after going to church and being around the Christian culture for 23-plus years now, I'm … Continue reading (For)Getting All the Feels: Rethinking the Way We Follow Jesus

Desiring Sex Doesn’t Make You a Pervert. It Makes You Human.

WARNING: This post is probably PG-13 on a rating scale for discussion about sex. So if you're squeamish, you might want to skip this one. And, unfortunately, there's no discussion of (500) Days of Summer, although it is one of my favorite movies of all-time. I've recently started writing more about sex on this blog. … Continue reading Desiring Sex Doesn’t Make You a Pervert. It Makes You Human.

My 10 Favorite ‘Christian Organizations’ and Why I Love the Crap Out of Them

Let me just be honest here: I can spend way too much time in my mind and on this blog focusing on the things the Church is missing out on or doing wrong. I think there's a place for thinking and talking about those things. If we're too scared to talk about how we screw … Continue reading My 10 Favorite ‘Christian Organizations’ and Why I Love the Crap Out of Them

We Must Learn to Be Content in Any and Every Situation, Even If Culture Goes Awry

No, you can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need - The Rolling Stones The Stones had their finger on something. I wish the Church would grasp it sometimes. Whether it's … Continue reading We Must Learn to Be Content in Any and Every Situation, Even If Culture Goes Awry

Jesus Loves Porn Stars. Just Making Sure We Were All Aware.

One of my favorite ministries is Fireproof Ministries. It's a multi-faceted ministry with several branches, including XXX Church. One of their primary goals is to reach out to those that work in porn and simply love them by showing them the love of Christ. I recently received, as a perk for donating to a recent fundraiser, a copy … Continue reading Jesus Loves Porn Stars. Just Making Sure We Were All Aware.