For the Believer, Personal Reflection, The Bible

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?

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For the Believer, Personal Reflection

Laziness and Idleness: They Suck

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

Christian Culture, Personal Reflection

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.

Personal Reflection

God Isn’t the No. 1 Priority for Christians. Priority Is the Wrong Word.

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.

Personal Reflection

Don’t Give Up: Following Jesus Is Worth Every Single Second of Despair

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

Christian Culture, Personal Reflection

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.

Personal Reflection

Nothing Makes You a Christian But One Thing and One Thing Alone

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

Personal Reflection

Scars Need Healing. And We Can’t Heal Ourselves.

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.

Personal Reflection

With Grace, You Don’t Have to Sit in a Waiting Room

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

Personal Reflection

Don’t Give Up: Even When You’re Depressed and Anxious Like Me

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