Christian Life
April 22, 2018

Known. Loved. Accepted

What greater desire do we have in our lives than this: being entirely known, being unconditionally loved, and being accepted for exactly and only who we are? As humans, we…

Culture
April 19, 2018

Another Lynching

In the 19th century, lynching was a way of punishing a crime such as murder or cattle theft. Lynching was an almost ceremonial type of execution, where those who appointed…

Christian LifeUncategorized
April 18, 2018

You Might Be a Liar

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Nice to meet you! I lie a lot.” NO. There isn’t a single person who identifies themselves that way. You probably don’t consider yourself…

CultureUncategorized
April 18, 2018

Which Came First: The Man or the Primordial Soup?

Does it really matter what we believe about God and man, creation or Evolution, literal 24- hour periods or “thousand-year days”? I spent a good deal of my first-half Christian…

FaithUncategorized
April 17, 2018

The Beauty of Reconciling

I am continuously amazed by the beauty that the Lord has threaded through the brokenness here on earth. In fact, beauty amidst brokenness is the very story of the gospel,…

Christian Life
April 16, 2018

Insanity

What’s that quote about insanity again? The one about the definition? You remember it: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well, I was…

Reviews
April 16, 2018

REVIEW: A Quiet Place

“How can anyone bring a child into this world?” Have you ever heard someone say those words, or perhaps said them yourself? In many ways that sentiment is understandable. The…

Faith
April 16, 2018

Do Not Go Down to Egypt [Part 1]

This is part one of three in a series on Isaiah 30. Before I write anything at all, I must admit that I am utterly indebted to Tom Henry, a…

Faith
April 12, 2018

Closets and Heart Clutter

Dare I say we have finally made it to spring? I fear that if I actually write that statement, we will get another snow! The white fluffy stuff fell from…

Christian Life
April 12, 2018

Why the Hardest (and Best) Thing to Do is Just Show Up

Showing up seems simple. I just go, and there I am. I’m there. I showed up. Easy. More and more, though, I’m realizing the showing up is often the hardest…

Culture
April 10, 2018

We Don’t Want Your Thoughts and Prayers

I am so easily offended. In our current political climate, there is a lot of talk about gun reform. With high profile, mass shootings happening seemingly regularly, a new wave…

Faith
April 9, 2018

How Can Christianity be Exclusive and Inclusive?

As many have said before, Christianity is an exclusive religion. The fundamental teaching is that forgiveness of sins and salvation can only come through faith in Jesus Christ. It is…

Christian Life
April 8, 2018

The Darkness of Disappointment

Disappointment resides in the church. Dreams that shattered ages ago lie untouched in their graves, and bitterness, confusion, and hurt are the dirt covers them. I feel the weight on…

Hope
April 5, 2018

When You Don’t Have a Calling

Calling is a difficult thing. It can so often be used as a buzzword in Christian communities, without realizing the depth of what It means—that the God of the Universe…

Uncategorized
April 4, 2018

You can all Prophesy One by One

“For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged” – 1Corinthians 14:31 Jesus Christ did not die to get us into heaven. He…

Christian Life
April 4, 2018

Gluttony and God’s Kids: When is Enough, Enough?

Ever go to a “covered dish” event, fill your plate to overflowing with assortments of “salads” saturated with mayo, cheese, bacon bits, and other yummy add-ins, making room for the…

Culture
April 3, 2018

The Destruction and Rebirth of North American Forests

Several weeks ago, I stumbled across an alarming article from National Geographic. In it, the author explains the current state of North America’s great forests, and, in summary, the future…

Christian Life
April 3, 2018

Our Hope for Rescue

Hope. This single word, a staple and backbone of our faith, has become so familiar, overused, and even secularized that it risks losing its more holy meaning. It is in…

Christian Life
April 2, 2018

3 Keys for Stopping Shame In Its Tracks

Several months ago I had an important meeting on my schedule and I spent several days preparing for it. I was a little nervous, but I was also excited. I…

Culture
April 1, 2018

Legacy

There’s an iconic scene from the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, “Walk the Line,” that, even today, sticks with me. During Cash’s audition for Sun Records, label man Sam Phillips abruptly…

Faith
March 28, 2018

What Happened Maundy Thursday?

I grew up in church, so most of the church lingo is familiar to me. However, until recently, I had no idea what the word “Maundy” meant. Especially in regards…