James: Teaching and the Tongue

I don’t want to write this blogpost. In fact, passages in the Bible like this make me wait to call it quits on Failing Forward all together. It makes me want to cancel my women’s group study from here on out. And it definitely makes me want to throw off my fantasies of writing a… Continue reading James: Teaching and the Tongue

James: Speak, Listen, Anger

I’ve spouted off without thinking more times than I can count. I’m ashamed of how quickly I have jumped to conclusions or ideologies before thinking them through. I so often regret not carefully weighing my actions and reactions. Yet, I have never regretted taking time to think through and gather information before giving an answer… Continue reading James: Speak, Listen, Anger

James: Endurance, Wisdom, and Impartiality

It might be the awkward homeschooler in me, but I am not very good at small talk. Sure, while I worked in customer service for a short period of time I learned to start and carry on short conversations with people I didn’t know well. But when it comes to someone I’m closer to, someone… Continue reading James: Endurance, Wisdom, and Impartiality

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

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