‘Know’ – A Spoken Word

I've always been fascinated by the art of spoken word. You put together a poem and throw some music behind it, and it's powerful and has a message. So this weekend when I was in Virginia for a wedding and had some free time on my hands, I went to Appamattox and shot some video … Continue reading ‘Know’ – A Spoken Word

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When Your Sin Doesn’t Go Away

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 You Find Out You Have an Enemy

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

Breaking the Lock: An In-Depth Look at Insecurity and How to Face It with Jesus

Author's Note: This was originally written as a chapter for a book I was working on. I have decided to scrap that book idea and pursue a different direction with it, but still wanted to share this chapter. It's a bit long, but I hope it's helpful. The text is altered to reflect its status … Continue reading Breaking the Lock: An In-Depth Look at Insecurity and How to Face It with Jesus

“The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 4

NOTE: This is the fourth excerpt from my upcoming book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself.” In November 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then the governor of New York, won the United … Continue reading “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 4

‘Our Anxiety Is for Our Good’ — In The Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 2

NOTE: This is the second preview excerpt of my book In The Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. Our Anxiety Is for Our Good You might not believe me. And I wouldn’t blame you for doing so. If you suffer with the … Continue reading ‘Our Anxiety Is for Our Good’ — In The Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 2

‘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

It’s Better to Be Together Than to Win the Argument

So many things divide us. Oh, I know, what a hot take. We're divided? No way. How often do we think this is OK, though? How often do we think, "Well, we disagree on something, and it makes us dislike each other," and we just move on? I admit that I've felt that way recently. … Continue reading It’s Better to Be Together Than to Win the Argument

I’ve Looked Down That Road Too

So I work as a reporter at The Sanford Herald in Sanford, N.C., and my world was shaken yesterday. We were told there was a police-involved shooting in downtown Sanford, a few hundred yards from our office. We were waiting for more information from police. Then the news came in. I'll copy our report below: … Continue reading I’ve Looked Down That Road Too

God Paid for Me. What Am I Doing With That?

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?