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.
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
Probably the worst part of going to any doctor's office - physician, dentist, chiropractor, orthodontist, ER, you name it - is having to wait. You come in, "check in," then sit with everyone else who has an issue just like you. You flip through a magazine, scroll through your smartphone, watch the overhanging TV or … Continue reading With Grace, You Don’t Have to Sit in a Waiting Room
OK, so a little personal embarrassing confession time here. When I was younger, I liked the music of Clay Aiken. I actually got made fun of at school for it. But I liked it. One of his standout songs was "Measure of a Man." The chorus is catchy, and it gets stuck in my head … Continue reading What Is It That Is Desired Most in a Man?
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
A week or so ago, I wrote a blog post about the "ironic process theory" and how it can apply to how the Church often reacts to issues in the public sphere. An excerpt: I think we can subconsciously encourage this in Christian culture when we overload on what not to do. We think so … Continue reading Why Try to Not Do Something When You Can Intentionally Dive Into the Love of God?
I'm sitting in my friend's living room while snow falls quickly outside. It's really funny how my attitude towards snow days has changed. When I was in school, taking classes, I loved snow days because that meant I didn't have to go to class. What a joy that was! No tests, no homework, nothing. But … Continue reading A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way
One of my favorite lines in the classic 80s film The Princess Bride (which is my all-time favorite movie, by the way) comes from Westley, the farm boy-turned-pirate who goes to great lengths to get back to his true love, Buttercup, after a long stretch of separation where she feared him dead. In one of the climactic scenes … Continue reading Something The Princess Bride Taught Me About the Gospel Yesterday
Note: In my office, I have a big desktop calendar on which I write my daily events and other things I need to remember. On the right side, there's a column for additional notes. This past month, I wrote a piece of Scripture on it and began writing down some observations on the Scripture in … Continue reading Desktop Calendar Meditations, Vol. 1: Lamentations 3:21-24
I'm a pretty emotional guy. I tend to let my feelings and emotions get the better of me in a lot of situations. Sometimes it can be a good thing. Last night, I stayed up until 1 a.m. looking at old Facebook pictures, all the way back to high school, up to high school graduation, … Continue reading God’s Faithfulness Is Eternal…Even If I Feel Crummy