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How Christianity Increased My Anxiety, and Why You Don’t Have to Have the Same Experience

I know the title of this post will make some people instantly protective. God’s not a God of confusion, they’ll say. How could you take something as clear as the Bible and get confused by that? A few reasons: God may not be a God of confusion, but how we talk about Him often leaves… Continue reading How Christianity Increased My Anxiety, and Why You Don’t Have to Have the Same Experience

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Social Media Drives Me Bonkers. But I’m Sticking with It. And I Think You Should Too.

As I perused Facebook and Twitter today, I got sick. I think I ate too much beef. My feeds today were filled with all sorts of arguments, squabbles, disagreements, outrage and, as the kids say these days, “beef.” Franklin Graham and Lady Gaga. Cardi B — I’m still not entirely sure who that is —… Continue reading Social Media Drives Me Bonkers. But I’m Sticking with It. And I Think You Should Too.

Christian Culture, Cultural Observations

The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

"I can take that Bible and denounce what I'm teaching." - Carlton Pearson, NPR I don't write a lot of movie reviews, at least not anymore. I used to write a ton. But I'm taking it back up because "Come Sunday," a new movie on Netflix, challenged me, my heart and my faith in a… Continue reading The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

For the Believer, Personal Reflection

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

For the Believer, Personal Reflection, The Bible

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

For the Believer, The Bible

The Fact That Jesus ‘Reclined’ Means We’re Safe

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

In The Midst of Madness, Personal Reflection

“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

Christian Culture, In The Midst of Madness

‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3

NOTE: This is the third excerpt from my book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book releases on Jan. 12, 2018. Modern Anxious Romance In his book Modern Romance, comedian and actor Aziz Ansari (who plays the hilarious Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation) explores the quirks and difficulties of… Continue reading ‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3

In The Midst of Madness, Personal Reflection

‘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

Christian Culture, In The Midst of Madness, Personal Reflection

‘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