For the Believer

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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The Bible

True Peace and Strength in a World with Little of Either

I need to get my fiancée to write a blog. Hers would be a million times better than mine. I was talking to her last night and she was sharing something she had read in a devotional book of hers. It was revolving around the idea that God is our strength and our peace, based… Continue reading True Peace and Strength in a World with Little of Either

The Bible

‘I Will Return to My First Husband’ And He Will Take Her In: The Gospel Beauty of Hosea 2

I woke up this morning with the intent to start reading through the minor prophets in Scripture. Honestly, it's not something I often wake up with the intent to do - read the Bible. Usually in the morning I'm dragging my feet trying to get ready for work. That's one of the beauties of Sundays.… Continue reading ‘I Will Return to My First Husband’ And He Will Take Her In: The Gospel Beauty of Hosea 2

Christian Culture

Three Keys to Talking About “Hard Stuff” in the Church Context

This is part five of five in my five-part series on talking about the hard stuff within the church context. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 by clicking on the links.  I've been a lot more outspoken recently in groups of people about how I think the church is not willing to talk… Continue reading Three Keys to Talking About “Hard Stuff” in the Church Context

Personal Reflection

On My Depression, My Anxiety and Following Jesus: It’s Not Really a Contradiction

One of the most devastating things that can happen to me is going to bed. Don't get me wrong: I love sleep. I love getting rested for the next day, whatever that day may bring. I love waking up refreshed. But if I go to my room, shut the door, turn off the lights and… Continue reading On My Depression, My Anxiety and Following Jesus: It’s Not Really a Contradiction

The Bible

116 Dissected: What Does It Mean to Be Unashamed of the Gospel?

One of the more popular rallying cries in my generation is "116!" It's based in the Christian hip-hop collective 116 Clique, based out of Reach Records. It comes from Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the… Continue reading 116 Dissected: What Does It Mean to Be Unashamed of the Gospel?

The Bible

Our Weaknesses Are Beautiful Road Signs

Sometimes my weaknesses make me question the goodness of God.“Why would God let me sin? Why can I sin? Why do I even have the ability to sin? Why can’t I just be perfect? Why do I struggle with x, y and z?”These are questions that, honestly, run through my head sometimes and make me… Continue reading Our Weaknesses Are Beautiful Road Signs