I awoke this morning and checked ESPN on my phone and ran across this article, which starts: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a New York Daily News report. Hamilton has a well-documented history of substance abuse problems dating to … Continue reading Josh Hamilton and the God-Glorifying Action of Getting Back Up
In high school, I made a few short films. I got on a filmmaking kick after working on a few projects for my freshman year English class, and it carried on until even after I graduated from high school. My longest film, called Ransom My Soul, was completed during the summer before I went to college. … Continue reading Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Not Doing Enough for God. Good Thing I Don’t Ever Have To.
I'm sitting in my friend's living room while snow falls quickly outside. It's really funny how my attitude towards snow days has changed. When I was in school, taking classes, I loved snow days because that meant I didn't have to go to class. What a joy that was! No tests, no homework, nothing. But … Continue reading A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way
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
One of the most disheartening things that has ever happened to me was not getting hired for the position I wanted at the student newspaper at Elon during my junior year of college. I had applied for one of the highest positions, but I got what was basically a watered-down version of it with the … Continue reading Not Qualified Is Where God Starts
A lot of time in the Christian stratosphere is spent talking and thinking about keeping around those people in my generation, those who are in college or just graduated. They may be kids who grew up in church or appeared really solid spiritually headed into college, but the pressures of their peers or the academics … Continue reading Youth of the Nation: Why High School Kids Need the Gospel and Older Christians
People love superheroes. So much so that they spend millions of dollars to go to a movie theater and watch them take out the bad guys. Here are some worldwide box office numbers for recent superhero movies: The Avengers (2012) - $1.518 billion Iron Man 3 (2013) - $1.2 billion The Dark Knight Rises (2012) … Continue reading The Church Culture of Hero Worship
One of the more popular rallying cries in my generation is "116!" It's based in the Christian hip-hop collective 116 Clique, based out of Reach Records. It comes from Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the … Continue reading 116 Dissected: What Does It Mean to Be Unashamed of the Gospel?
So let me add my two cents, or 50 cents (punny), into the 50 Shades of Grey mularkey that's been all over the Christian blogosphere. Usually I try to avoid the hot button topics of the day when I write, but I feel compelled to share my thoughts. Don't you think we as a body of … Continue reading 50 Shades of Maybe, Possibly, Potentially Overdoing It
Hey guys! Hope you've been enjoying the stuff I've been writing. There's a book I've been working on that is tentatively titled Transparent: Be Vulnerable. Especially When It Hurts. This is the rough draft of the introduction. I'd love your feedback on it. Check it out below: I don’t know if you, reader, have ever listened to … Continue reading The Need for Transparency within Christianity.