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
No, you can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want But if you try sometime you find You get what you need - The Rolling Stones The Stones had their finger on something. I wish the Church would grasp it sometimes. Whether it's … Continue reading We Must Learn to Be Content in Any and Every Situation, Even If Culture Goes Awry
A Reddit feed on Christianity had a post back in December 2012 that read like this: Hi there, I recently Felt i have lost touch with my christian faith. I prayed today that God would hear my cry and forgive me of my wrong and help me to live as christ would in this destructive world, … Continue reading Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. But The Church Hasn’t Been a Place Where That Happens.
Back in May, U.S. President Barack Obama called out the Christians in America to focus more on poverty than divisive issues like gay marriage and abortion. An article on Breitbart.com reported on it: “There is great caring and great concern, but when it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what’s … Continue reading The Church Culture of Church Exceptionalism
I've come pretty close to having sex. It's not the easiest thing for me to type that. Instantly, my mind starts to freak out and worry and wonder, "What will these people reading me think? Is my credibility shot? Will people ever trust anything I say?" To be honest, I kinda don't care, but at … Continue reading 3 Reasons It’s Bad That Christians Idolize Virginity