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
Author's Note: Discussion of sex that follows may be frank or a little uncomfortable for some. Rated PG-13. I woke up this morning to find on my Facebook feed a video obituary from CNN of the life of Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy. He passed away Wednesday at the age of 91. He was,… Continue reading You Can’t Blame Hef for Where America Is Now
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
Perhaps the most fascinating thing to me about addictions is that what people who are addicted search for is called a "fix." Seeing as how the word "fix" usually means a solution to a problem that should, in the long run, require no further serious fixing, you'd think a "fix" for an addiction should satisfy… Continue reading If We’re Honest, Sinful Solutions Are Still Solutions. They Just Don’t Really Solve Anything.
Wisdom is something most Christians find to be praiseworthy among men, and the Bible supports that. We look at a man and say, "He is so wise, I'd learn from him all day." I look at my fiancée and say, "Oh man, she's so wise, I'd listen to her all day." We desire more and… Continue reading The Gospel Flips Worldly Wisdom On Its Head. And The Result Is Amazing.
I watched the first 40 minutes or so of the GOP debate last night and wasn't surprised by anything. By the time you get to the fifth of these things, there's not much new to be had. But as I pondered the debate this morning, I was struck by the fact that I wasn't surprised.… Continue reading The World Is Crying Out for Authenticity. Let’s Give It to Them.
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
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
We live in a culture of vehement disagreement. Just take a look at your News Feed. Every day, I see (and am sometimes involved in) conversations on someone's Facebook post that revolves around a vehement disagreement on some political or societal issue. Sometimes that disagreement can be over something trivial and the disagreement can be… Continue reading As Far As It Depends on You, Just Get Along With People on Social Media
Author's note: This is a hypothetical letter to a new Christian who has just accepted Jesus. The focus is specific, but the truths are timeless. Dear my new brother/sister in Christ, I was reading Psalm 113 in my Bible this morning and found these verses: He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the… Continue reading Welcome to the Family of God: A Letter to a New Christian