Criminals, Suspected or Convicted, Are Humans Made in the Image of God Too.

As a newspaper reporter, I get to see all sorts of things cross my desk, all sorts of news stories and photos and police reports. One section I'm responsible for putting together is the "Cops" section, which curates the police reports from the local police department and local sheriff's offices. You'll see a wide range … Continue reading Criminals, Suspected or Convicted, Are Humans Made in the Image of God Too.

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(For)Getting All the Feels: Rethinking the Way We Follow Jesus

Perhaps the most important thing I've ever learned about following Christ is that you can't base your relationship with Jesus on emotions. Just because it "feels like" it's not going right doesn't mean that it's not. And vice versa. But after going to church and being around the Christian culture for 23-plus years now, I'm … Continue reading (For)Getting All the Feels: Rethinking the Way We Follow Jesus

A Guide to Finding the Joy in Confronting Your Sin

Report card time was always an odd one for me. I was neither the academic so wrapped up in grades that my happiness depended on making straight As, nor was I the slacker who didn't care a sliver about my marks. I was right in the middle, caring enough that I wanted to know where I could … Continue reading A Guide to Finding the Joy in Confronting Your Sin

If We’re Honest, Sinful Solutions Are Still Solutions. They Just Don’t Really Solve Anything.

Perhaps the most fascinating thing to me about addictions is that what people who are addicted search for is called a "fix." Seeing as how the word "fix" usually means a solution to a problem that should, in the long run, require no further serious fixing, you'd think a "fix" for an addiction should satisfy … Continue reading If We’re Honest, Sinful Solutions Are Still Solutions. They Just Don’t Really Solve Anything.

I Really Want a Ring: Why I’m Gonna Call It a Marriage Ring.

Someone made a joke to me the other day that I was the only adult or one of the few adults in the room without a ring on. It was funny because my wedding is only a few days away, but it also reminded me how desperately I want one. Good gracious, I want a … Continue reading I Really Want a Ring: Why I’m Gonna Call It a Marriage Ring.

Life Is Best Lived Non-Natural, Part II

Over two years ago, I wrote a blog post called "Life Is Best Lived Non-Natural." I concluded the post like this: Seek to live life non-naturally. Live it for the truths in the Word of God and for His glory. If you’re a believer, you’ve been changed by the gospel to live differently. Kill those … Continue reading Life Is Best Lived Non-Natural, Part II

The Gospel Flips Worldly Wisdom On Its Head. And The Result Is Amazing.

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.

The World Is Crying Out for Authenticity. Let’s Give It to Them.

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.

True Peace and Strength in a World with Little of Either

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

With Grace, You Don’t Have to Sit in a Waiting Room

Probably the worst part of going to any doctor's office - physician, dentist, chiropractor, orthodontist, ER, you name it - is having to wait. You come in, "check in," then sit with everyone else who has an issue just like you. You flip through a magazine, scroll through your smartphone, watch the overhanging TV or … Continue reading With Grace, You Don’t Have to Sit in a Waiting Room