Your Soul Suffers When You Don’t Have Community

My adorable, sweet, loving, five year-old nephew has started kindergarten. He’s a big boy now.I’m not a fan. I had to FaceTime him after his first day of school to see how it went. And, I mean, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about with a five year-old. So I asked him about his … Continue reading Your Soul Suffers When You Don’t Have Community

4 Tips to Give You a More Vibrant Prayer Life

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible to be alive without breathing.”- Martin LutherMany 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 know if … Continue reading 4 Tips to Give You a More Vibrant Prayer Life

Will You Sacrifice Jesus on the Altar of Your Political Ideology?

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?

6 Practical Ways You Can Kill Pride

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

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

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?

Why Going to the Gym is the Christian Thing to Do

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

5 Things That Drive Your Pastor Crazy

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

The Single Best Bible Translation

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