Holy Week is an incredibly important week on the Christian calendar. It’s the week when we celebrate the most central events and truths of our faith. This week, we celebrate the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry: his entrance into Jerusalem, the last supper, his betrayal, death, and resurrection. This Friday, your church may have … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Good Friday Service Should Not Be A Funeral For Jesus
When I was young, my family was invited to church by a close friend. It soon became the church we regularly went to. There was no deep discussion that I can remember about whether or not the denomination was right for us. The questions we had were whether or not we were welcomed and could … Continue reading How To Know If Your Denomination Is The Right One
It was Christmastime, and that typically means at least one trip to the mall. Tamara and I were on our way to a family party, and we were picking up rice and beans from Miguel’s Junior--basically the most important component of any festive meal. But since it was the Christmas season, finding a parking spot … Continue reading Should We Stop Using This Popular Christian Saying?
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
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
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)
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
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?
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
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