Yesterday, the magazine Complex published an extensive Q&A with pop star Justin Bieber on their website. The Q&A explored Bieber's recent mistakes in the public eye, his relationship with fellow pop star Selena Gomez and his faith. I thought there were some really interesting things he said, and I want to share some of them. On … Continue reading Three Wise Insights from the Justin Bieber Interview. Yeah, I Said ‘Justin Bieber’ and ‘Wise’ in the Same Breath.
One of my favorite parts of being a believer is having brothers and sisters in Christ that I can hang with, grow with, discuss things with and just enjoy life with. Being around those people is something Scripture encourages, and implies is incredible necessary for following Jesus: Let us hold fast the confession of our … Continue reading Seven Types of People in Your Church Small Group, and Why You Need All of Them (Even the Annoying Ones)
In journalism, there's a standard procedure for identifying someone you're quoting in a story. You put the person's name and then you put what they do. For example, if I'm writing an article about the president's latest policy idea and I'm quoting a college professor who has experience in the field, I would say something … Continue reading There’s a Difference Between Who You Are and What You Do.
I finally finished reading through the gospels yesterday afternoon. It was quite a refreshing read. I had never read through them all at once. But I learned so much. Perhaps soon I'll write a post with my general reflections as well as posts that I've written during this time that are directly tied to something … Continue reading Jesus Gives Second Chances. All the Time. Ask Peter.
When Christians my age talk about "116," we're either referring to the Christian rap group or the verse in Romans: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. We make a cry that we're … Continue reading I Can Be So Ashamed of My Need for the Gospel That I Reject It Sometimes.
People love themselves a good cause. It's part of the human condition, I think, that we like something to rally behind, or at least show once that we rally behind something. Perhaps the most notable outcome of this in recent years is what's called "hashtag activism." Perhaps the first notable instance of this was #Kony2012, … Continue reading #Salvation4Free Is the Ultimate Social Movement
Can God use me? I feel like I've asked myself this question a million times. Am I worthy? Can I be used? And I'd be willing to bet that many of us have. Even within the Christian culture, sometimes we can be made to feel like we have nothing to offer, like we've sinned too … Continue reading God Used a Prostitute. You Ever Thought About How Crazy That Is?
Perhaps one of the worst side effects of the social media epidemic is the incessant need to respond to things right away. You've got the platform, might as well do it, right? Oh I've done that. Even on this blog. I've attempted to respond to things as quickly as possible, all the while thinking that I'm … Continue reading When My Words Become My Sword, I’ve Got to Slow Down.
When I'm depressed or frustrated, one of the things I like to do is eat candy. Peanut M&M's, Reese's Cups, Skittles, peanut butter M&M's and 3 Musketeers are my favorites. You hand me any of those, I'll chow down. But when I'm depressed or frustrated or sad about something, the chances of me doing almost … Continue reading Sin Is Nourishing and Beautiful. And It’s Always Been That Way.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up … Continue reading What Does ‘Truth in Love’ Really Mean?