NOTE: This is the third excerpt from my book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book releases on Jan. 12, 2018. Modern Anxious Romance In his book Modern Romance, comedian and actor Aziz Ansari (who plays the hilarious Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation) explores the quirks and difficulties of … Continue reading ‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3
Can anybody tell me who Nada Surf is? I mean, if it weren't for Relient K's cover of their song "Inside of Love," I never would have heard of them. But as I listened to that song on the way to work today, one lyric in particular caught my ear. Watching terrible TV, it kills … Continue reading I Wanna Know What It’s Like on the Inside of Love
So I work as a reporter at The Sanford Herald in Sanford, N.C., and my world was shaken yesterday. We were told there was a police-involved shooting in downtown Sanford, a few hundred yards from our office. We were waiting for more information from police. Then the news came in. I'll copy our report below: … Continue reading I’ve Looked Down That Road Too
How many popular songs have you heard that talk about avoiding faithfulness in a relationship? The ones that come to my mind primarily are "Leavin" by Jesse McCartney and "The Call" by the Backstreet Boys. In "Leavin," Jesse encourages a girl tell her man that she's "leavin, never to come back again." The plea is primarily based … Continue reading What I’ve Learned About Faithfulness in Romantic Relationships from Popular Music
One word that is associated very much with Christmas is "give." It's all over the place. We give gifts to one another. We give time towards hanging out with family. God gives Jesus to us for the salvation of our sins. It's all indicative of sacrifice, showing giving up something for the better of someone … Continue reading What Christmastime Has Taught Me About Love and Marriage
One of my favorite ministries is Fireproof Ministries. It's a multi-faceted ministry with several branches, including XXX Church. One of their primary goals is to reach out to those that work in porn and simply love them by showing them the love of Christ. I recently received, as a perk for donating to a recent fundraiser, a copy … Continue reading Jesus Loves Porn Stars. Just Making Sure We Were All Aware.
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?
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
"Actually, there is a word for that. It’s love. I’m in love with her, okay? If you’re looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it’s love." I've mentioned before how one of my favorite shows … Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Even When Relationships Are Stressing You Out
One of my favorite Ben Rector songs is off his new album Brand New. The song is called "More Like Love." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js5JIF4WzQo It ends like this: I find the farther that I climb There's always another line Of mountain tops It's never going to stop And the more of anything I do The thing that … Continue reading Ben Rector Has It Right. I Just Wanna Look More Like Love.