Whenever I get sick — cough, allergies, fever, etc. — I think it's never going to go away. I sink into it. I'm of the mindset that I will be sick for the rest of my life and nothing will ever change. I'm always going to have this cough, this nausea, etc. I don't know… Continue reading When Your Sin Doesn’t Go Away
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
One of the more graphic proverbs in the Bible is found in Proverbs 22:6. It reads: "Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly." The image is, well, kinda gross. Nobody really enjoys looking at vomit. I thought about putting a picture of vomit at the top of this post, but… Continue reading Returning to Vomit: We Like to Go Back to That Which is Gross
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
There are lots of wars going on right now. I made a mention of it in my post yesterday that there are over 50 armed conflicts ongoing right now in the world. Add that to any kind of "culture war" or athletic rivalry that some call "wars," and the terminology of war is all around… Continue reading The Most Important War We Fight Is Not of This World
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
A Reddit feed on Christianity had a post back in December 2012 that read like this: Hi there, I recently Felt i have lost touch with my christian faith. I prayed today that God would hear my cry and forgive me of my wrong and help me to live as christ would in this destructive world,… Continue reading Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. But The Church Hasn’t Been a Place Where That Happens.
When I'm depressed or frustrated, one of the things I like to do is eat candy. Peanut M&M's, Reese's Cups, Skittles, peanut butter M&M's and 3 Musketeers are my favorites. You hand me any of those, I'll chow down. But when I'm depressed or frustrated or sad about something, the chances of me doing almost… Continue reading Sin Is Nourishing and Beautiful. And It’s Always Been That Way.
Perhaps the most common response people with anxiety and depression get from others when they bring it up is this: "Just move on. Deal with it and move on." There seems to be this expectation that, like most people, those dealing with mental disorders have some masterful ability to control their emotions. This is far… Continue reading Being ‘On Fire for God’ Isn’t Easy for Anxious and Depressed Christians Like Me.
Back in May, U.S. President Barack Obama called out the Christians in America to focus more on poverty than divisive issues like gay marriage and abortion. An article on Breitbart.com reported on it: “There is great caring and great concern, but when it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what’s… Continue reading The Church Culture of Church Exceptionalism