I went to a Christian college ministry conference during the New Year’s weekend of my junior year at Elon University and met Shai Linne. Shai is a Christian rapper whose rhymes are often characterized as “lyrical theology.” He attempts to explain spiritual truths and theological points in hip-hop form. He performs one of my favorite… Continue reading I Like to Impress People. Even Though It Annoys Me When Others Do That.
We journalists like studies. They help us put stories and topics in context. So a study released in 2018 exploring the association between importance of religion and suicide ideation is obviously going to interest me. If you’ve followed my writing for any length of time, or you’re a friend of mine, you know that religion… Continue reading We Need to Rethink How We Talk about LGBTQ
NOTE: If you have not seen Captain Marvel yet, it might be best for you to avoid this piece. It has significant spoilers for the movie, which is fun and worth a watch. A movie that's stuck with me for a long time is Come Sunday, a Netflix film about preacher Carlton Pearson. I wrote… Continue reading BARS at the Cinema: CAPTAIN MARVEL and Changing Your Mind
I know the title of this post will make some people instantly protective. God’s not a God of confusion, they’ll say. How could you take something as clear as the Bible and get confused by that? A few reasons: God may not be a God of confusion, but how we talk about Him often leaves… Continue reading How Christianity Increased My Anxiety, and Why You Don’t Have to Have the Same Experience
Image courtesy of Calvary Chapel Birmingham I think sometimes, as Christians, we can overemphasize how much we give up to follow Jesus the way we do. God asks us to lay down our lives for Him. It's all over the place in the Bible. Take up your cross and follow me, Jesus says. The woman… Continue reading God Is Greater Than Satan. Duh. And We Benefit.
One of my favorite books is Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History. It follows the lives of boxers James J. Braddock and Max Baer leading up to their 1935 heavyweight title bout, which Braddock won in upset fashion. Braddock, a New Jersey native, was one of the best… Continue reading The Death of Nuance: Max Baer, Hollywood, Modern America and the Church
I've always been fascinated by the art of spoken word. You put together a poem and throw some music behind it, and it's powerful and has a message. So this weekend when I was in Virginia for a wedding and had some free time on my hands, I went to Appamattox and shot some video… Continue reading ‘Know’ – A Spoken Word
"I can take that Bible and denounce what I'm teaching." - Carlton Pearson, NPR I don't write a lot of movie reviews, at least not anymore. I used to write a ton. But I'm taking it back up because "Come Sunday," a new movie on Netflix, challenged me, my heart and my faith in a… Continue reading The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’
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
When I was growing up, even into high school and college, I would read psalms and other passages of Scripture and not be able to relate to when there were references to "enemies." I never had enemies. There was a guy that I didn't really get along with for most of high school — God… Continue reading When You Find Out You Have an Enemy