Cultural Observations, The Bible

Married to a New Master

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

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For the Believer, The Bible

4 Reasons Christians Suffer (With a Hat Tip to J. Vernon McGee)

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)

Cultural Observations, For the Believer

Criminals, Suspected or Convicted, Are Humans Made in the Image of God Too.

As a newspaper reporter, I get to see all sorts of things cross my desk, all sorts of news stories and photos and police reports. One section I'm responsible for putting together is the "Cops" section, which curates the police reports from the local police department and local sheriff's offices. You'll see a wide range… Continue reading Criminals, Suspected or Convicted, Are Humans Made in the Image of God Too.

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.

Christian Culture, For the Believer

(For)Getting All the Feels: Rethinking the Way We Follow Jesus

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

For the Believer

A Guide to Finding the Joy in Confronting Your Sin

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

For the Believer, The Bible

If We’re Honest, Sinful Solutions Are Still Solutions. They Just Don’t Really Solve Anything.

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.

For the Believer, The Bible

Liquid Courage: Finding Confidence in the Right Kind of Drinking

How many times in movies or TV have you seen a guy polish off a beer or drain a shot glass before approaching a girl? I can't count the times, but it's been a lot. Perhaps the funniest example (except for the drunkenness) is from The Big Bang Theory. There's a character named Raj who can only… Continue reading Liquid Courage: Finding Confidence in the Right Kind of Drinking

For the Believer, The Bible

Three Reasons a King Prayed to God

To be honest with you, prayer is something I often gloss over, something I rush through. I don't know when it really started, but I think it comes from feeling like I have better things to do sometimes. I've got to go to sleep, I've got to eat, I've got to do this, that, so… Continue reading Three Reasons a King Prayed to God

Refocused Romance

What I’ve Learned About Faithfulness in Romantic Relationships from Popular Music

How many popular songs have you heard that talk about avoiding faithfulness in a relationship? The ones that come to my mind primarily are "Leavin" by Jesse McCartney and "The Call" by the Backstreet Boys. In "Leavin," Jesse encourages a girl tell her man that she's "leavin, never to come back again." The plea is primarily based… Continue reading What I’ve Learned About Faithfulness in Romantic Relationships from Popular Music