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.
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.
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
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
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
One word that is associated very much with Christmas is "give." It's all over the place. We give gifts to one another. We give time towards hanging out with family. God gives Jesus to us for the salvation of our sins. It's all indicative of sacrifice, showing giving up something for the better of someone … Continue reading What Christmastime Has Taught Me About Love and Marriage
I was listening to the Bad Christian Podcast yesterday on my drive back from my fiancée's work Christmas party. The guest was Dave Bazan, formerly of Pedro the Lion. Bazan was formerly a Christian but left the faith several years ago. He was talking about the Bible and how Christians view it and said something … Continue reading The Bible Is Infallible. How We Understand It Is an Entirely Different Story.