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
Whenever I get sick — cough, allergies, fever, etc. — I think it's never going to go away. I sink into it. I'm of the mindset that I will be sick for the rest of my life and nothing will ever change. I'm always going to have this cough, this nausea, etc. I don't know … Continue reading When Your Sin Doesn’t Go Away
When I was growing up, even into high school and college, I would read psalms and other passages of Scripture and not be able to relate to when there were references to "enemies." I never had enemies. There was a guy that I didn't really get along with for most of high school — God … Continue reading When You Find Out You Have an Enemy
You guys ever been in that situation when you're with someone and you're just completely uncomfortable? I think of the scenarios where icebreakers were used to get to know people. First of all, I HATE icebreakers. I was an RA for a year in college and I acted like I liked them, but I couldn't … Continue reading The Fact That Jesus ‘Reclined’ Means We’re Safe
My wife's been reading through Hebrews and using a commentary by J. Vernon McGee. I bought the commentary when I was reading through the book myself. Yesterday, she brought to me the words discussing Hebrews 12:6-8, which read: "For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." It is … Continue reading 4 Reasons Christians Suffer (With a Hat Tip to J. Vernon McGee)
I like to buy music. Probably too much. But I like it. I like finding new music to listen to while I drive to work, while I write articles at work, if I'm just lounging around my apartment. The newest music I bought was the album If I Never Speak Again by Hearts Like Lions. Before … Continue reading God Paid for Me. What Am I Doing With That?
As a newspaper reporter, I get to see all sorts of things cross my desk, all sorts of news stories and photos and police reports. One section I'm responsible for putting together is the "Cops" section, which curates the police reports from the local police department and local sheriff's offices. You'll see a wide range … Continue reading Criminals, Suspected or Convicted, Are Humans Made in the Image of God Too.
So I don't like writing the words "suck" or "sucks." It has a lot of negative connotations, especially for the older crowd. And I get it. There's a sexual meaning behind the work that leads to some people viewing it as a bad word in situations where it doesn't involve a vacuum or a straw. … Continue reading Laziness and Idleness: They Suck
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