4 Reasons Why Your Best Days Are Still To Come

When life gets hard and things change for what seems like the worst, it’s tempting to think you’ve already lived the best days of your life. I can understand why at a certain age people’s conversations become focused on reminiscing about the “good ol’ days.” But is this the way we should live as followers … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Your Best Days Are Still To Come

The Shared Value of Man & Woman

I never meant to embark on a journey that very few women do. And, honestly, I didn’t realize that that’s exactly what I was doing until I stepped foot into my first class during my junior year of undergrad. I walked in the door a few minutes before class started. As I looked around the … Continue reading The Shared Value of Man & Woman

Why I Don’t Think Jesus Was Born In A Stable (And Why It Matters)

With the Christmas season upon us, it’s time to break out all our decorations. The tree. The stockings. The garland. And, yes, of course, the nativity scene. I love my nativity scene. I got it in Bethlehem when I visited Israel a couple years ago. And I don’t only pull it out during Christmas. It … Continue reading Why I Don’t Think Jesus Was Born In A Stable (And Why It Matters)

5 Reasons Every Christian Should Care About Social Justice

I know I’m a bit late to this dance, but recently there has been a lot of talk in evangelical circles about the topic of social justice. Not much of it has been very encouraging. In fact, one evangelical leader even drafted a statement to refute what he calls the “most subtle and dangerous” threat … Continue reading 5 Reasons Every Christian Should Care About Social Justice

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?

3 Reasons Why Jesus’ Humanity Really Matters

If you grew up in a bible believing church or have attended one for some time, the idea that Jesus is God is probably a given for you. And it should be. It’s one of the most important convictions we hold. Jesus wasn’t just a good teacher or a powerful prophet. He is God in … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Jesus’ Humanity Really Matters

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

This is Heaven, For Real

When it became clear that my mom was losing her battle with cancer and she confined to her bed, reality sunk in. One of her friends from church came over with a stack of cards for her to fill out in case she passed away. There were a few birthday cards and two graduation cards--one … Continue reading This is Heaven, For Real

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

Broken Toilets & Sanctification

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