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
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.
Yes, I admit that title is a bit click-baity, but let me explain. Back when I was in high school, we talked in youth group about priorities. What did we value in life more than anything else? What did we spend most of our time on? I remember one time we did this exercise where … Continue reading God Isn’t the No. 1 Priority for Christians. Priority Is the Wrong Word.
Note: This is the finale of a series on the idea of not giving up in different scenarios. Previous posts include entries on work, relationships and depression & anxiety. I've been on the brink of quitting following Christ several times. The majority of those times have been the result of realizing how terrible I am at being obedient. … Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Following Jesus Is Worth Every Single Second of Despair
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.
What makes you who you are? That's one of the bigger questions that I've pondered in my life. It's rooted in the always-perplexing "who are you?" question that led off the most recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. That voice, whatever it was, saying those words made me so excited. Sorry, that was a … Continue reading Nothing Makes You a Christian But One Thing and One Thing Alone
During my freshman year of high school, I got a scar on my right hand. It's a line about an inch long about down the middle of my hand, starting near my wrist and going towards my fingers. I remember when I got it that I didn't do anything about it. I didn't go wash … Continue reading Scars Need Healing. And We Can’t Heal Ourselves.
Probably the worst part of going to any doctor's office - physician, dentist, chiropractor, orthodontist, ER, you name it - is having to wait. You come in, "check in," then sit with everyone else who has an issue just like you. You flip through a magazine, scroll through your smartphone, watch the overhanging TV or … Continue reading With Grace, You Don’t Have to Sit in a Waiting Room
Note: This is the continuation of a series on the idea of not giving up in different scenarios. Previous posts include entries on work and relationships. The previous posts have not had a particular audience, it can be applied generally. But my heart is for the Church, for the body of Christ. So the next two … Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Even When You’re Depressed and Anxious Like Me
"Actually, there is a word for that. It’s love. I’m in love with her, okay? If you’re looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it’s love." I've mentioned before how one of my favorite shows … Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Even When Relationships Are Stressing You Out