If your non-Christian friend, coworker, family member, peer, or child had one weekend to learn about Christianity, what would you want them to learn? I would want them to fall in love with Love Himself: Jesus. I would want them to learn who this God is and why His grace is just that good. I … Continue reading Stings from purity culture.
How did Jesus do it? To your surprise, this is not a question that can be answered by acknowledging the divinity of Christ. Jesus was fully God and fully man. How did Jesus do it as fully man? How did Jesus work as a carpenter and do ministry? How did he do it without feeling … Continue reading The carpenter.
Listen more even when you completely disagree with him or her. That's something that has been on my heart in this season of life. Listen more. Seek to understand. Take it all to Jesus. Photos by Mathias P.R. Reding | Pexels "Be in the world and not of the world" is the saying that Christians … Continue reading Being in the world.
Within the last month, I've been enlightened. It turns out that I am far more selfish, arrogant, hypocritical, unkind, and frustrating than I thought. I can be rightfully unlovable which is an incredibly humbling reality. This is nothing you did not know but now I am beginning to see myself the way you may see … Continue reading God’s unfathomable love.
Spiritual warfare is not one of the sexy topics in the church. In fact, it's rather frightening, misunderstood, and easier to avoid. To church leaders and pastors, it's tempting to want to share truths that leave followers of Christ encouraged, not paranoid, but spiritual warfare is real and needs to be spoken about. That's a … Continue reading Tormented by the devil.
Guaranteed failure, that's exactly what you're going to get if I'm your only Christian friend or even if you send someone to this website for an example of a Christian. I will ultimately disappoint you if I have not already. I don't actively try to misrepresent Jesus, but my human nature is constantly tempted by … Continue reading Surely, you must know other Christians.
Maybe it is not our job to transform people. Maybe that is not our place. I have always been an obnoxious rule-follower and from early on I demanded justice. “Why do we have to bring lunch home for Marco? He did not go to church so we should not buy him lunch. He can eat … Continue reading Maybe it begins with the gospel.
Though I have made the connection several times between fitness and Christianity, if I am honest, I hate relating the two. The wrestling that takes place internally is because I do not want to "ruin" fitness for myself. It is similar to when you're watching a secular film and then your Christian friend tries to … Continue reading Cheat days are not worth it.
To make this entry slightly more eye-catching, I almost named it "Extraordinarily spoiled by my Daddy," because you know, God is referred to as The Father, but that's beside the point and I am nearly sure you are thankful I did not title it that. My guess is God is too. If you're confused about … Continue reading Extraordinarily spoiled by Jesus.
Four years. Four years filled with little sleep, fluctuating body weight due to emotional eating, twelve-hour days spent in the Allen Library, weekends spent studying instead of attending movie nights, times of prayer filled with inescapable tears, times of prayer filled with debatably justified anger, and times of prayer filled with unending joy. Four years … Continue reading The Unimaginable Closing Chapter.