Good Even When We Don’t Feel It

I know I promised the start of a series on James this week, but I am yet again taking a small tangent. While I am continuing to study that loaded book of the Bible, I want to share something else that has also been on the forefront of my mind: God’s goodness in undesirable circumstances.… Continue reading Good Even When We Don’t Feel It

Lukewarm People and a Fiery Rebuke

When I was a kid, I remember some of my parent’s corrections feeling way too harsh. I was convinced I didn’t need that strong of a rebuke. Now as an adult myself and having the opportunity to see some of my sister’s parenting, I understand that correction, particularly on important issues, can’t be overly soft.… Continue reading Lukewarm People and a Fiery Rebuke

Tiny But Mighty

When I was a kid, I was regularly in the holiday plays my family church would put on. One year, I played an elderly woman who was the director or something of a community organization or a church. While I don’t fully remember my character’s role, I do remember that she had a little (stuffed… Continue reading Tiny But Mighty

Books to Read in 2021

First I need to apologize for sliding in so late into the beginning of the year with a blogpost. I think anyone watching the news in America would agree that we haven’t started this year off on the smoothest track and, unfortunately, the same could be said of my personal life. While this isn’t my… Continue reading Books to Read in 2021

2020 in the Breaking

As I sit here with a dull ache in my chest and a heaviness on my mind, I don’t fully know what to write. How do you put into words a year that went so wrong? How do you summarize the canceled plans, unexpected tragedy, the worldwide brokenness into one blogpost by one insignificant person?… Continue reading 2020 in the Breaking

Dead Inside

In his commentary on Revelation, Craig S. Keener recalls the story of Micky Cohen, a Los Angeles gangster of the 1940s. While Cohen did make a public declaration of faith at one point, he was confronted my his Christian friends who noted that he hadn’t changed his lifestyle. Cohen said, “You never told me I… Continue reading Dead Inside

Absolutely Relative

“You do you.” “It’s your life!” “Live your truth.” I went through a phase of life where I said these things in one way or another. I went from a borderline legalistic Christian to a moral relativist. I was quick to change the traditional definition of tolerance to the currently popular redefinition of tolerance that… Continue reading Absolutely Relative

The Great Compromise

It crept in slowly but steadily. A little here and there. Just a little bend on sexual morality. Maybe it started with “Jesus can’t really expect us not to ever lust after someone who isn’t our spouse.” Just a tiny shift in ethics. Someone had to think, “well it’s not that big of a deal.… Continue reading The Great Compromise

Rich Sufferers

There are over 260 million Christians living in just the top 50 countries which rank high on the World Watch List for persecution against Christianity. The number of Christians killed last year for their faith is 2,983 and 9,488 churches and other Christian buildings were attacked in these top 50 countries. Last year alone, 3,711… Continue reading Rich Sufferers