I look back at my life and examine my first reaction to things, whether that's with a parent, a friend, a girlfriend, a pastor, etc. My first reactions, either in my head or in my words, have not always been fantastic, I must admit. Especially when my expectations of what should have been said or … Continue reading Compassion: A Key to Living Like Jesus
So I'm going to get a little theological here today, hope you guys don't mind. But there's something so fascinating about a typical Bible story that I hadn't really noticed before, and it's so awesome! Baptism is a pretty hot topic in the church nowadays, with the debate between paedobaptists (infant baptism) and credobaptists (believer's … Continue reading The Gospel Greatness of Jesus’ Baptism
In school, especially in middle school and the early part of high school, I was a decent student. So around the middle of my sophomore year or so, I began to relax a bit on the studying and the academic side of things. I thought, "I've got it." But my grades dipped. It never got … Continue reading The Poison That Is Unfair Expectation, Part Deux: I Will Never Be Perfect
One of the most dangerous things in a fallen world is high expectations. Let me give an example. I came into college expecting this: I'd be great friends for life with my freshman year roommate. I'd go on to win Academy Awards for a Christian film. People would think I'm awesome. I'd be the most … Continue reading The Poison That Is Unfair Expectation
Oftentimes in my life, I've used the phrase "consistently inconsistent" as the proverbial "story of my life." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD6rKhzV_m0 No, not that kind of story. I feel like it's a cool thing when somebody says a phrase or a sentence and you say back, "Dude, story of my life!" There's a chuckle and a smile and … Continue reading The Consistency of Christ, My Favorite Attribute
Whenever I watch a horror/scary movie, which is not very often, some of the scarier moments come whenever a character is somewhere dark and they just happen to have matches on them. You might know what's coming. They fumble around in the dark, maybe don't strike it right the first or second time, but eventually … Continue reading Lamp-Lighters
The other day, I did an NCAA Tournament-style bracket to determine my favorite music album of all-time. The seedings were totally objective - there was no science or formula used to pick who went where. For the full bracket (Google Doc), click here. I then went on to list the top 30 albums in order. … Continue reading My 30 Favorite Music Albums of All-Time, and One Reason Why You Should Listen to Each of Them
I was reading in Matthew 7 this morning and ran across Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount on false prophets. Verses 15-20: 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs … Continue reading The Worst Kind of False Teacher
Who am I? This is the most fundamental of questions I can ask myself because the answer to it tells me so much about my identity, my purpose and my destiny. And I'm not talking about my age, job, race, gender, etc. I'm talking about things that are eternal. Not defined by any genetic trait or … Continue reading Who Am I?
I was sitting in my office yesterday, probably reading something on Twitter, when I turned to my right and saw that my blinds were closed. I'm fortunate enough to have an office that has a window. It's great. But today, I opened the blinds. I hadn't opened them for a while. I guess looking outside … Continue reading Would You Rather Have a Grim Truth or Pleasant Deception?