Traffic can be terrible. Especially when it's raining. It's so easy to get distracted by the rain, by the cars, by the lights, everything. According to the DOT, 17% of vehicle crashes are due to wet pavement and 11% are due to rain. It's those kind of distractions that can make driving difficult. In my life, … Continue reading Jesus Died Knowing Something About Us We Don’t Like to Think About
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?
One of my favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother is "The Chain of Screaming," when Barney Stinson proposes an idea called, you guessed it, "the chain of screaming." The quality of the video below is not great, but you'll get an idea of what it is. The idea is that anytime someone gets frustrated with … Continue reading I Don’t Respond Well to People Disagreeing with Me
Perhaps the most public not-so-subtle criticism of a pastor from someone within the Christian sphere came in February 2011, when evangelical stalwart John Piper tweeted, "Farewell, Rob Bell," with a link to Justin Taylor's quick reflection on a promotional video for Bell's then-forthcoming book Love Wins. At the time, I thought that was the holiest of burns. … Continue reading The Christian Culture of Condescending Criticism
I remember one night during my freshman year of college and I was confronted very closely with the sin in my life. It sucked. I was angry and frustrated. I went to the school's racquetball courts by myself and began to "practice." It was really just me pounding the ball as hard as I could … Continue reading That One Time I Cursed at God for Allowing Me to Sin
One of the more frustrating moments for me in my life is when I'm confronted with sin in my life. In fact, it's one of the quickest triggers for my anxiety and depression. Pull on that reminder of my weakness, my insufficiency, my sinfulness, and I'm likely to be frustrated, which makes me anxious, which … Continue reading Sin Isn’t Totally Bad.
A conversation with God about my sin. ME: Well, God, I did it again, I sinned. I screwed up, I did something I shouldn't have. I feel like crap right now. GOD: (silent) ME: Well, are you there? Are you even listening? GOD: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.¹ … Continue reading A Conversation Between Me and God, After a Sin
So you've done it again. You've sinned in that way that you always find yourself sinning. You messed up. You put your foot in the wrong door. You ate a bad apple. Whatever analogy you want to give for it, you were tempted to sin and you quit fighting and gave in. One thing that … Continue reading Lies I Believe and Truths I Must Hold Onto When I Give Into Temptation
I'm about to get all nerdy and historical up in here. The American Revolution has long been a fascination of mine, but it peaked many in high school. I loved the stretches in history class when we studied it, and a audiobook version of Jeff Shaara's excellent book The Glorious Cause was what I went to sleep … Continue reading The Sinners’ Revolution: Taking Inspiration from the Patriots of ’76 in the War Against the Flesh
Going to be honest with you here: right now, I'm convicted by sin in my life. But it's not enough conviction. Do we ever really see ourselves as we truly are? Are we ever honest enough with ourselves that we're willing to admit just how jacked up we are? We spend so much time trying … Continue reading I’m Not Convicted Enough