NOTE: This is the second 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. Our Anxiety Is for Our Good You might not believe me. And I wouldn’t blame you for doing so. If you suffer with the … Continue reading ‘Our Anxiety Is for Our Good’ — In The Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 2
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.
Perhaps the most public not-so-subtle criticism of a pastor from someone within the Christian sphere came in February 2011, when evangelical stalwart John Piper tweeted, "Farewell, Rob Bell," with a link to Justin Taylor's quick reflection on a promotional video for Bell's then-forthcoming book Love Wins. At the time, I thought that was the holiest of burns. … Continue reading The Christian Culture of Condescending Criticism
When you look at the story of the crucifixion, you see Jesus. And you should. He's the center of the story. But as the creative type that I am, I love seeing characters within stories and interactions they have with the central flow of action. There are characters other than Jesus who play an important … Continue reading The Five Often Unexamined Characters of the Crucifixion We Have a Lot to Learn From
Confession time: I used to be obsessed with being a Christian. And I didn't think much about it at the time. Maybe I didn't know. But my goal in life was to make sure that people knew I was a Christian. I wanted to do everything possible. A list of some ways: I would post … Continue reading Am I Obsessed with Jesus or Am I Obsessed with Being a Christian?
This is part five of five in my five-part series on talking about the hard stuff within the church context. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 by clicking on the links. I've been a lot more outspoken recently in groups of people about how I think the church is not willing to talk … Continue reading Three Keys to Talking About “Hard Stuff” in the Church Context
One of the most devastating things that can happen to me is going to bed. Don't get me wrong: I love sleep. I love getting rested for the next day, whatever that day may bring. I love waking up refreshed. But if I go to my room, shut the door, turn off the lights and … Continue reading On My Depression, My Anxiety and Following Jesus: It’s Not Really a Contradiction
One of the more popular rallying cries in my generation is "116!" It's based in the Christian hip-hop collective 116 Clique, based out of Reach Records. It comes from Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the … Continue reading 116 Dissected: What Does It Mean to Be Unashamed of the Gospel?
One of my favorite lines in the classic 80s film The Princess Bride (which is my all-time favorite movie, by the way) comes from Westley, the farm boy-turned-pirate who goes to great lengths to get back to his true love, Buttercup, after a long stretch of separation where she feared him dead. In one of the climactic scenes … Continue reading Something The Princess Bride Taught Me About the Gospel Yesterday
Have you ever been given some advice that you knew was really good, but decided to just nod, say thanks and then not follow it? Story of my life. I've written before about my stubborn streak and how much I love listening to other people. I also like sarcasm. I was reading in 2 Kings today … Continue reading Taking God At His Word Is Probably The Best Thing You’ll Ever Do