Traffic can be terrible. Especially when it's raining. It's so easy to get distracted by the rain, by the cars, by the lights, everything. According to the DOT, 17% of vehicle crashes are due to wet pavement and 11% are due to rain. It's those kind of distractions that can make driving difficult. In my life, … Continue reading Jesus Died Knowing Something About Us We Don’t Like to Think About
I'm a quitter. Always have been. My mother tells me that, when I was younger, I would play with blocks, and if the tower I was trying to build gave out on the first attempt, I would just quit and do something else. And as I look back at my life, I would say that … Continue reading Ideal Is Not Real. Jesus Didn’t Wait for the Ideal. Neither Should We.
Last night, I was telling a high school guy in my youth group the story of Benjamin Franklin. Well, at first, I wasn't sure if it was him or Jonathan Edwards, but he corrected me. Anyways, at one point in his life, he decided he was going to try to live virtuously. So he constructed … Continue reading Sanctification Is a Process. Why Rush It Unnecessarily?
A week or so ago, I wrote a blog post about the "ironic process theory" and how it can apply to how the Church often reacts to issues in the public sphere. An excerpt: I think we can subconsciously encourage this in Christian culture when we overload on what not to do. We think so … Continue reading Why Try to Not Do Something When You Can Intentionally Dive Into the Love of God?
I'm a pretty fearful guy. I'm scared of a lot of things. Bugs, taking risks, going into the unknown. But nothing scares me more than death. I was reading the story of Lazarus in John 11 this morning and I began to ponder death, when it comes, how I'll feel, etc. There's a very real … Continue reading Wanna Know What Terrifies Me? Death.
If you're familiar with the Star Wars film series, you just might remember this scene in Episode VI: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcLAOcutuxs That thing in the ground with the tongue sticking out is a creature called the "sarlacc." I could go into all the background of where it came from, how it got to that hole in the ground, … Continue reading The Devastating Sarlacc Pit of Depression
John 9 is an interesting chapter of Scripture. It's dedicated solely to the story of a man born blind whom Jesus decides to heal. Verses 1-7: As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” … Continue reading Our Instabilities Aren’t Wasted. They’re Simply Magnifiers of God’s Greatness.
Most of the time on this blog I try to write something that's insightful and cutting, sometimes trying to speak specifically to something that's prevalent in culture. But today I found episodes of VeggieTales on Amazon Prime, and I found a whole new thing to write about. If you were a kid and grew up in a … Continue reading Hello, My Name is Zach. I’m 22 Years Old, and I Love Old-School VeggieTales.
So I didn't read my Bible yesterday. Well, I guess I did for a minute or two, but then someone came into my office and I had to put it down. If it was a couple of years ago, I would have been distraught. How could I let a whole day go by without opening … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Read Your Bible Every Day to Be a Christian
The best part of any good heist/prison break-out/escape movie is the planning stage. In the planning stage, you get to see how the crooks plan to execute the heist/escape and get away with it. That last part is huge. They don't just plan the actual job/escape, they plan how they're going to deal with the ramifications of … Continue reading Don’t Think Too Much About Pink Elephants. Think About the Right Things.