The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

"I can take that Bible and denounce what I'm teaching." - Carlton Pearson, NPR I don't write a lot of movie reviews, at least not anymore. I used to write a ton. But I'm taking it back up because "Come Sunday," a new movie on Netflix, challenged me, my heart and my faith in a … Continue reading The Emotional Turmoil of A Truly-Held Belief: A Review of Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’

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When Your Sin Doesn’t Go Away

Whenever I get sick — cough, allergies, fever, etc. — I think it's never going to go away. I sink into it. I'm of the mindset that I will be sick for the rest of my life and nothing will ever change. I'm always going to have this cough, this nausea, etc. I don't know … Continue reading When Your Sin Doesn’t Go Away

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

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

‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3

NOTE: This is the third excerpt from my book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief. The book releases on Jan. 12, 2018. Modern Anxious Romance In his book Modern Romance, comedian and actor Aziz Ansari (who plays the hilarious Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation) explores the quirks and difficulties of … Continue reading ‘Modern Anxious Romance’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 3

‘Our Anxiety Is for Our Good’ — In The Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 2

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

‘Introduction’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 1

NOTE: This is an excerpt from my book In the Midst of Madness: A Christian's Experience with Anxiety and Finding Relief, which is releasing on the iBooks Store on Jan. 12. You can read more about the book here. Probably my favorite book of all time is Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning. It’s somewhat unlikely you’ve … Continue reading ‘Introduction’ — In the Midst of Madness Preview, Pt. 1

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