When You Find Out You Have an Enemy

When I was growing up, even into high school and college, I would read psalms and other passages of Scripture and not be able to relate to when there were references to "enemies." I never had enemies. There was a guy that I didn't really get along with for most of high school — God … Continue reading When You Find Out You Have an Enemy

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The Fact That Jesus ‘Reclined’ Means We’re Safe

You guys ever been in that situation when you're with someone and you're just completely uncomfortable? I think of the scenarios where icebreakers were used to get to know people. First of all, I HATE icebreakers. I was an RA for a year in college and I acted like I liked them, but I couldn't … Continue reading The Fact That Jesus ‘Reclined’ Means We’re Safe

Breaking the Lock: An In-Depth Look at Insecurity and How to Face It with Jesus

Author's Note: This was originally written as a chapter for a book I was working on. I have decided to scrap that book idea and pursue a different direction with it, but still wanted to share this chapter. It's a bit long, but I hope it's helpful. The text is altered to reflect its status … Continue reading Breaking the Lock: An In-Depth Look at Insecurity and How to Face It with Jesus

‘A Place to Rest’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 5

NOTE: This is the fifth preview excerpt of my book In The Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book will be available on Jan. 12, 2018. A Place to Rest Late in high school and then in college, when I was struggling with my relationship anxiety, my mother shared Matthew … Continue reading ‘A Place to Rest’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 5

I Wanna Know What It’s Like on the Inside of Love

Can anybody tell me who Nada Surf is? I mean, if it weren't for Relient K's cover of their song "Inside of Love," I never would have heard of them. But as I listened to that song on the way to work today, one lyric in particular caught my ear. Watching terrible TV, it kills … Continue reading I Wanna Know What It’s Like on the Inside of Love

Married to a New Master

I hate movies where a romantic commitment is violated. For example, The Wedding Planner. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez in your typical romcom. It's a perfectly fine romcom except McConaughey's character starts pursuing Lopez's character while he's engaged to someone else. It takes McConaughey's character to get to his wedding day before he confesses … Continue reading Married to a New Master

4 Reasons Christians Suffer (With a Hat Tip to J. Vernon McGee)

My wife's been reading through Hebrews and using a commentary by J. Vernon McGee. I bought the commentary when I was reading through the book myself. Yesterday, she brought to me the words discussing Hebrews 12:6-8, which read: "For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." It is … Continue reading 4 Reasons Christians Suffer (With a Hat Tip to J. Vernon McGee)

It’s Better to Be Together Than to Win the Argument

So many things divide us. Oh, I know, what a hot take. We're divided? No way. How often do we think this is OK, though? How often do we think, "Well, we disagree on something, and it makes us dislike each other," and we just move on? I admit that I've felt that way recently. … Continue reading It’s Better to Be Together Than to Win the Argument

God Paid for Me. What Am I Doing With That?

I like to buy music. Probably too much. But I like it. I like finding new music to listen to while I drive to work, while I write articles at work, if I'm just lounging around my apartment. The newest music I bought was the album If I Never Speak Again by Hearts Like Lions. Before … Continue reading God Paid for Me. What Am I Doing With That?

Redefining Peace: True Peace Isn’t a Feeling

  "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts betroubled, neither let them be afraid." — Jesus, in John 14:27 I think we've mistaken what peace really is. We read verses like the one above, which is awesome, and we interpret it as, "OK, having peace means I won't feel worried and I won't have fear. So if I feel worry and fear, I'm not at peace." That's … Continue reading Redefining Peace: True Peace Isn’t a Feeling