“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible to be alive without breathing.” - Martin Luther Many of us would agree that prayer is fundamental to our faith. Yet most people would admit they have a fear of praying. A feeling of inadequacy. Is there a right way to pray? How do you … Continue reading 4 Tips to Give You a More Vibrant Prayer Life
Have you ever noticed that every artistic depiction of Jesus looks basically the same? Jesus is western European, many times even with blue eyes. He has long, flowing hair and a beard with a strong jaw underneath. Oh, and He’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 feet tall. That’s the classic image of Jesus. Except … Continue reading Will You Sacrifice Jesus on the Altar of Your Political Ideology?
Do you ever feel like you spend your whole life just waiting for your life to begin? It feels like I’m in seasons of waiting far longer than I’m ever in a season of fulfillment. I’m always anxiously awaiting for tomorrow’s dreams to come to pass. I can’t wait to finish grad school and “really … Continue reading 3 Things You Should Do in a Season of Waiting
Pride is a destructive thing. It damages relationships. It can bring down organizations. It has a way of making even the most intelligent person act foolishly. Prideful and arrogant people are difficult to be around. They’re difficult to work with...or be related to for that matter. And the thing is we’re always quick to recognize … Continue reading 6 Practical Ways You Can Kill Pride
One question seems to always follow you, no matter where you go or how old you get. It begins in elementary school, when you are asked to answer it in the form of a crayon-scrawled picture. What do you want to be when you grow up? When you graduate high school the question becomes much … Continue reading What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
My struggle with body image plagued much of my high school and college years. It led to a mild eating disorder and years of crying in front of the mirror. Living in my own body became torture. I could only see myself through the lens of criticism and imperfection. Just about every morning, I sobbed … Continue reading Why Going to the Gym is the Christian Thing to Do
Pastors love their congregations. They really do. Every pastor sees the people of their church as their people. These are the people they have given their lives to. The people they serve tirelessly. The people they pray for. The congregation’s physical and spiritual well being is a pastor’s deepest concern. Your pastor loves you. But that … Continue reading 5 Things That Drive Your Pastor Crazy
Growing up, my parents had me bring my Bible to church every Sunday. And my Bible was all decked out. I had one of those leather zipper cases with the slits to store your pen and highlighter. Months worth of half-sheet sermon note pages were stuffed in the back. The thing probably weighed about 7 … Continue reading The Single Best Bible Translation
After laboring through a treacherous four mile run in the peak temperatures on late June afternoon, the last thing I wanted to do was deal with a broken toilet. The flusher on the toilet had been a little out of sorts for the previous few days. But today it finally broke. The water inside the … Continue reading Broken Toilets & Sanctification
This. Where do I even begin? How do I write about this? How do I think about this in a way that glorifies Christ? Dale and I have had countless conversations about the #MeToo movement and all of the pain it brings. My heart has been burdened for all the women I personally know who … Continue reading What #MeToo Is Teaching The Church