As I perused Facebook and Twitter today, I got sick. I think I ate too much beef. My feeds today were filled with all sorts of arguments, squabbles, disagreements, outrage and, as the kids say these days, “beef.” Franklin Graham and Lady Gaga. Cardi B — I’m still not entirely sure who that is —… Continue reading Social Media Drives Me Bonkers. But I’m Sticking with It. And I Think You Should Too.
As a newspaper reporter, I get to see all sorts of things cross my desk, all sorts of news stories and photos and police reports. One section I'm responsible for putting together is the "Cops" section, which curates the police reports from the local police department and local sheriff's offices. You'll see a wide range… Continue reading Criminals, Suspected or Convicted, Are Humans Made in the Image of God Too.
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
Perhaps one of the worst side effects of the social media epidemic is the incessant need to respond to things right away. You've got the platform, might as well do it, right? Oh I've done that. Even on this blog. I've attempted to respond to things as quickly as possible, all the while thinking that I'm… Continue reading When My Words Become My Sword, I’ve Got to Slow Down.
Confession time: I used to be obsessed with being a Christian. And I didn't think much about it at the time. Maybe I didn't know. But my goal in life was to make sure that people knew I was a Christian. I wanted to do everything possible. A list of some ways: I would post… Continue reading Am I Obsessed with Jesus or Am I Obsessed with Being a Christian?
This is part four of five in my five-part series on talking about the hard stuff within the church context. Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 by clicking on the links. This is an extension of Part 3, kind of a Part 2 to Part 3. Basically, Part 4. 11) Technology use. … Continue reading 10 More Pieces of “Hard Stuff” We Need to Talk About More/Differently in the Church
There's something incredibly unique about growing up in a Christian environment, whether that be a home where your parents are believers, a church that preaches the Bible, a Christian school. There's usually a steady dose of God and the Bible, a certain vocabulary that usually includes words like "saved" and "repent" and a certain pressure… Continue reading Christian Pressure: Perhaps the Worst Kind
I was sitting in church this morning, Easter morning, trying to think, "OK, how can I get the perfect combination of pictures to stitch together for my Instagram?" I was in the back in the sound booth, so I had a good vantage point of the choir up in the front. I snapped a quick picture of… Continue reading Trying to Come Up with the Perfect Instagram