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
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
I hate movies where a romantic commitment is violated. For example, The Wedding Planner. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez in your typical romcom. It's a perfectly fine romcom except McConaughey's character starts pursuing Lopez's character while he's engaged to someone else. It takes McConaughey's character to get to his wedding day before he confesses … Continue reading Married to a New Master
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)
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.
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
Report card time was always an odd one for me. I was neither the academic so wrapped up in grades that my happiness depended on making straight As, nor was I the slacker who didn't care a sliver about my marks. I was right in the middle, caring enough that I wanted to know where I could … Continue reading A Guide to Finding the Joy in Confronting Your Sin
Perhaps the most fascinating thing to me about addictions is that what people who are addicted search for is called a "fix." Seeing as how the word "fix" usually means a solution to a problem that should, in the long run, require no further serious fixing, you'd think a "fix" for an addiction should satisfy … Continue reading If We’re Honest, Sinful Solutions Are Still Solutions. They Just Don’t Really Solve Anything.