How many popular songs have you heard that talk about avoiding faithfulness in a relationship? The ones that come to my mind primarily are "Leavin" by Jesse McCartney and "The Call" by the Backstreet Boys. In "Leavin," Jesse encourages a girl tell her man that she's "leavin, never to come back again." The plea is primarily based … Continue reading What I’ve Learned About Faithfulness in Romantic Relationships from Popular Music
One word that is associated very much with Christmas is "give." It's all over the place. We give gifts to one another. We give time towards hanging out with family. God gives Jesus to us for the salvation of our sins. It's all indicative of sacrifice, showing giving up something for the better of someone … Continue reading What Christmastime Has Taught Me About Love and Marriage
I was listening to the Bad Christian Podcast yesterday on my drive back from my fiancée's work Christmas party. The guest was Dave Bazan, formerly of Pedro the Lion. Bazan was formerly a Christian but left the faith several years ago. He was talking about the Bible and how Christians view it and said something … Continue reading The Bible Is Infallible. How We Understand It Is an Entirely Different Story.
Wisdom is something most Christians find to be praiseworthy among men, and the Bible supports that. We look at a man and say, "He is so wise, I'd learn from him all day." I look at my fiancée and say, "Oh man, she's so wise, I'd listen to her all day." We desire more and … Continue reading The Gospel Flips Worldly Wisdom On Its Head. And The Result Is Amazing.
I watched the first 40 minutes or so of the GOP debate last night and wasn't surprised by anything. By the time you get to the fifth of these things, there's not much new to be had. But as I pondered the debate this morning, I was struck by the fact that I wasn't surprised. … Continue reading The World Is Crying Out for Authenticity. Let’s Give It to Them.
Yes, I admit that title is a bit click-baity, but let me explain. Back when I was in high school, we talked in youth group about priorities. What did we value in life more than anything else? What did we spend most of our time on? I remember one time we did this exercise where … Continue reading God Isn’t the No. 1 Priority for Christians. Priority Is the Wrong Word.
One of the marriage clichés I've heard a lot of in these last couple months is that marriage is not a 50-50 proposition, it's 100-100. You don't give 50 percent of yourself and the other person gives the same amount. You both give everything you've got. As I was talking about this idea with my … Continue reading We’re All Like iPhones. We Need Re-Charging Every Once in a While.
As we near the end of the year, I'd like to take a step back and reflect on some of my favorite things from this year. So let's do it! My 20 favorite songs released this year, in no particular order. Couldn't have more than one song from the same artist, otherwise there'd be multiple … Continue reading Zach’s 20 Favorite Songs from 2015
There are lots of wars going on right now. I made a mention of it in my post yesterday that there are over 50 armed conflicts ongoing right now in the world. Add that to any kind of "culture war" or athletic rivalry that some call "wars," and the terminology of war is all around … Continue reading The Most Important War We Fight Is Not of This World
I need to get my fiancée to write a blog. Hers would be a million times better than mine. I was talking to her last night and she was sharing something she had read in a devotional book of hers. It was revolving around the idea that God is our strength and our peace, based … Continue reading True Peace and Strength in a World with Little of Either