The Same Old, Same Old Salvation Story, And How My Cynicism Got Punched in the Gut.

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.

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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

With Grace, You Don’t Have to Sit in a Waiting Room

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

What Is It That Is Desired Most in a Man?

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 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

Why Try to Not Do Something When You Can Intentionally Dive Into the Love of God?

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?

A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way

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

Something The Princess Bride Taught Me About the Gospel Yesterday

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

Desktop Calendar Meditations, Vol. 1: Lamentations 3:21-24

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

God’s Faithfulness Is Eternal…Even If I Feel Crummy

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