The Death of Nuance: Max Baer, Hollywood, Modern America and the Church

One of my favorite books is Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History. It follows the lives of boxers James J. Braddock and Max Baer leading up to their 1935 heavyweight title bout, which Braddock won in upset fashion. Braddock, a New Jersey native, was one of the best … Continue reading The Death of Nuance: Max Baer, Hollywood, Modern America and the Church

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‘Know’ – A Spoken Word

I've always been fascinated by the art of spoken word. You put together a poem and throw some music behind it, and it's powerful and has a message. So this weekend when I was in Virginia for a wedding and had some free time on my hands, I went to Appamattox and shot some video … Continue reading ‘Know’ – A Spoken Word

The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

"I can take that Bible and denounce what I'm teaching." - Carlton Pearson, NPR I don't write a lot of movie reviews, at least not anymore. I used to write a ton. But I'm taking it back up because "Come Sunday," a new movie on Netflix, challenged me, my heart and my faith in a … Continue reading The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

When Your Sin Doesn’t Go Away

Whenever I get sick — cough, allergies, fever, etc. — I think it's never going to go away. I sink into it. I'm of the mindset that I will be sick for the rest of my life and nothing will ever change. I'm always going to have this cough, this nausea, etc. I don't know … Continue reading When Your Sin Doesn’t Go Away

When You Find Out You Have an Enemy

When I was growing up, even into high school and college, I would read psalms and other passages of Scripture and not be able to relate to when there were references to "enemies." I never had enemies. There was a guy that I didn't really get along with for most of high school — God … Continue reading When You Find Out You Have an Enemy

The Fact That Jesus ‘Reclined’ Means We’re Safe

You guys ever been in that situation when you're with someone and you're just completely uncomfortable? I think of the scenarios where icebreakers were used to get to know people. First of all, I HATE icebreakers. I was an RA for a year in college and I acted like I liked them, but I couldn't … Continue reading The Fact That Jesus ‘Reclined’ Means We’re Safe

Breaking the Lock: An In-Depth Look at Insecurity and How to Face It with Jesus

Author's Note: This was originally written as a chapter for a book I was working on. I have decided to scrap that book idea and pursue a different direction with it, but still wanted to share this chapter. It's a bit long, but I hope it's helpful. The text is altered to reflect its status … Continue reading Breaking the Lock: An In-Depth Look at Insecurity and How to Face It with Jesus

‘A Place to Rest’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 5

NOTE: This is the fifth preview excerpt of my book In The Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. A Place to Rest Late in high school and then in college, when I was struggling with my relationship anxiety, my mother shared Matthew … Continue reading ‘A Place to Rest’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 5

“The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 4

NOTE: This is the fourth excerpt from my upcoming book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself.” In November 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then the governor of New York, won the United … Continue reading “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 4

‘Our Anxiety Is for Our Good’ — In The Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 2

NOTE: This is the second preview excerpt of my book In The Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. Our Anxiety Is for Our Good You might not believe me. And I wouldn’t blame you for doing so. If you suffer with the … Continue reading ‘Our Anxiety Is for Our Good’ — In The Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 2