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
We are a people of extremes. It's very rare we find ourselves in the middle of something. I think of the presidential candidates who try to work both sides of the aisle in Congress as one of the more startling examples of trying to be in the middle. It's not going to work. At the … Continue reading Sometimes I Hate the Church. And That’s Never Good.
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
Perhaps the most public not-so-subtle criticism of a pastor from someone within the Christian sphere came in February 2011, when evangelical stalwart John Piper tweeted, "Farewell, Rob Bell," with a link to Justin Taylor's quick reflection on a promotional video for Bell's then-forthcoming book Love Wins. At the time, I thought that was the holiest of burns. … Continue reading The Christian Culture of Condescending Criticism
Note: This is the second part in a three-part series about talking about the hard stuff. Find the first part, "10 Reasons Why We Don't Talk About the Hard Stuff in Church," by clicking on the title. The third part will be the 10 most important "hard stuff" that needs to be discussed in church. … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About the Hard Stuff in Church
I'm a big football fan. And by football, I mean European/South American/Latin American/African/everywhere-else-in-the-world football. For Americans' sake, let's just call it soccer. Every summer and every January, professional soccer clubs around the world scour the available market for new players. Fans and the media make comparisons on which players to acquire, which players to spend … Continue reading Comparisons Are Moot and Unnecessary in Light of the Gospel
I hate disagreements. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this. But it sucks. I feel like a phrase I've been uttering a lot recently is "agree to disagree." It's a good way to diffuse or end a tough argument. In Christianity though, this is super hard. Christians often disagree over things they very strongly … Continue reading Agree to Disagree: When Christians Argue
People love superheroes. So much so that they spend millions of dollars to go to a movie theater and watch them take out the bad guys. Here are some worldwide box office numbers for recent superhero movies: The Avengers (2012) - $1.518 billion Iron Man 3 (2013) - $1.2 billion The Dark Knight Rises (2012) … Continue reading The Church Culture of Hero Worship
Hey guys! Hope you've been enjoying the stuff I've been writing. There's a book I've been working on that is tentatively titled Transparent: Be Vulnerable. Especially When It Hurts. This is the rough draft of the introduction. I'd love your feedback on it. Check it out below: I don’t know if you, reader, have ever listened to … Continue reading The Need for Transparency within Christianity.