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

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Life Is Best Lived Non-Natural, Part II

Over two years ago, I wrote a blog post called "Life Is Best Lived Non-Natural." I concluded the post like this: Seek to live life non-naturally. Live it for the truths in the Word of God and for His glory. If you’re a believer, you’ve been changed by the gospel to live differently. Kill those … Continue reading Life Is Best Lived Non-Natural, Part II

Jesus Died Knowing Something About Us We Don’t Like to Think About

Traffic can be terrible. Especially when it's raining. It's so easy to get distracted by the rain, by the cars, by the lights, everything. According to the DOT, 17% of vehicle crashes are due to wet pavement and 11% are due to rain. It's those kind of distractions that can make driving difficult. In my life, … Continue reading Jesus Died Knowing Something About Us We Don’t Like to Think About

I Don’t Respond Well to People Disagreeing with Me

One of my favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother is "The Chain of Screaming," when Barney Stinson proposes an idea called, you guessed it, "the chain of screaming." The quality of the video below is not great, but you'll get an idea of what it is. The idea is that anytime someone gets frustrated with … Continue reading I Don’t Respond Well to People Disagreeing with Me

Compassionate Authority: Jesus Turns ‘Big Brother’ on Its Head

One of the greatest fears of Americans today seems to be the increasing attention the government is supposedly paying to everything we're doing on our computers, phones, etc., the increasing surveillance. It even got a lengthy treatment on HBO's popular Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which included an interview with the exiled Edward Snowden, a … Continue reading Compassionate Authority: Jesus Turns ‘Big Brother’ on Its Head

The Church Culture of Shame

I was way too young to understand anything that went on in the Monica Lewinsky scandal that grabbed America's attention in 1998. I can't even remember when I first heard about it, to be honest with you. I would have been 5 years old back then, so even if I had known, I would have … Continue reading The Church Culture of Shame

Let’s Be Careful with Our Message of Hate

Hate the sin, love the sinner. It's an evangelical cliche as old as "grace through faith." Fun fact: that cliche is not in the Bible. The concepts are there and are true, but there's no one verse we get that exact phrasing from. Apparently the phrasing was originated by Augustine and then modified a bit by … Continue reading Let’s Be Careful with Our Message of Hate

Sometimes the Devil Sounds a Lot Like Jesus

"Sometimes the devil sounds a lot like Jesus, telling me I'm not enough. And I don't believe it, no, no, but I can feel it. And I need you so, yes, I need you so." - Ben Rector A difficulty I face (among many, many things) is the devil. He's perhaps the greatest difficulty. He … Continue reading Sometimes the Devil Sounds a Lot Like Jesus

The Second (Or Third, Fourth, Fifth…) Time You Sin

One of the peskiest things I dealt with in middle and high school and college math was my penchant for making careless mistakes. I would always get tests or quizzes back with something circled wrong that was simply a mistake. I would add something wrong or divide instead of multiply, something like that. Granted, my … Continue reading The Second (Or Third, Fourth, Fifth…) Time You Sin